WMS Secures Three Large Game Orders Totaling 1,738 Units.

716 'Ticket-Out' Game Order from Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Is Largest Single Sales Order in Company's History

WAUKEGAN, Ill.
Jan. 30, 2001

WMS Gaming Inc., a subsidiary of WMS Industries Inc. (NYSE: WMS),
announced today that it has secured three major sales orders.
    These orders are for an aggregate total of 1,738 units from the
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians Corporate Commission, (d.b.a. Grand
Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley, MN), the Soboba Casino in
San Jacinto, CA owned and operated by the Soboba Band of Luiseno
Indians and the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT. Each order is
comprised of a variety of WMS Gaming reel-spinning and multi-line,
multi-coin video products including top-earning WMS titles such as
Reel 'em In®, Money to Burn™, Cash Crop™, Filthy Rich®,
Jackpot Party®, and Reel 'em In Cast for Cash™. The Mohegan Sun
and Soboba Casino orders include additional participation units like
the Puzzle Pays™ series, which includes JUMBLE®, and MONOPOLY®
-themed gaming devices.

    The order from the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, which is the largest
single sales order in the Company's history, is for 716 upright video
gaming devices each equipped with "ticket-out" printer technology
rather than a traditional coin hopper. Grand Casino Mille Lacs and
Grand Casino Hinckley are removing a total of 667 coin hopper units
and replacing them with the new "ticket-out" printer games from WMS.
The games are scheduled to be installed in the two casinos during the
third and fourth quarters of the Company's fiscal year 2001 ending
June 30, 2001.

    WMS expects to begin shipping the 570 game Mohegan Sun order in
its third fiscal quarter, ending March 31, 2001, with the remainder of
the order to be delivered over the balance of WMS' fiscal year ending
June 30, 2001. The Mohegan Sun Casino is expanding its gaming
facilities by adding the new Casino of the Sky which is scheduled to
open in October 2001 with 75 table games and 2,750 gaming devices and
is renovating its previous Bingo area into the Hall of the Lost Tribes
smoke-free slots area with 600 gaming devices. The existing Casino of
the Earth houses 190 tables and 3,026 slots.

    The Soboba Casino order for 452 units includes 152 printer games
utilizing the "ticket out" technology instead of hoppers. WMS expects
to ship the games to Soboba Casino beginning in February 2001.
    "These substantial orders for WMS' gaming products, and our
ability to capture a significant percentage of new slot machine orders
at these properties, are a ringing endorsement of the popularity and
demand for our games," said Brian R. Gamache, President and Chief
Operating Officer of WMS Industries Inc. "The order from the Mille
Lacs Band of Ojibwe is significant not only in the number of units
sold but in the type of units -- printer games. This substantial
purchase is a strong endorsement of WMS' recently introduced printer
technology as well as the player popularity of a broad range of our
gaming offerings. These orders indicate a strong start to our fiscal
third quarter and the orders for printer games support our belief that
printer games will increasingly become an important part of our
overall sales mix."

Comments from Casino Operators

    "Minnesota is a strong video slot machine market and our players
are seeking the most entertaining games in the market. WMS Gaming
consistently has the most popular video games in the industry so
having this new WMS technology on the floor will keep our guests happy
by allowing us to provide a higher level of guest service," said
Jamison Hill, Vice President, Slot Operations of Grand Casino Mille
Lacs.

    Mary Jane Allen, Vice President of Slot Operations for Grand
Casino Hinckley, also commented, "With the introduction of the new
printer technology in our casinos, we look forward to raising the
level of enjoyment for our guests by eliminating hopper re-fills which
will result in less waiting time for the guests and allow for longer
periods of uninterrupted game play."

    Frank Neborsky, Vice President of Slot Operations for Mohegan Sun
Casino commented, "The design of any successful entertainment venue
must exceed customer expectations while still remaining profitable. At
Mohegan Sun, we pride ourselves on providing our players with
extraordinary gaming. The Casino of the Sky and Hall of the Lost
Tribes projects provides even more depth to the experience we have to
offer the player and we are confident that WMS Gaming products, renown
for their entertainment value and state-of-the-art video gaming play
will enable us to continue to deliver to our patrons engaging,
entertaining game play. We look forward to adding more of their
product to the mix of our gaming products in the future."

    A spokesperson for the Soboba Tribal Council commented, "Our
patrons have signaled their strong endorsement of the WMS products as
evidenced by the impressive results from titles already on our casino
floor. Based on player demand, we are looking forward to providing the
most extensive selection of WMS games in the Inland Empire Region of
Southern California."

    WMS Gaming Inc. is headquartered in Waukegan (847/785-3000) with
its product development center in Chicago (800/932-3021) with regional
offices serving Las Vegas (702/257-7020), Atlantic City
(609/569-0100), Biloxi, MS (228/396-3711), California (877-WMS-GAME),
Denver, CO (303/216-2945), Kansas City, MO (816/413-8700), Reno, NV
(775/827-6617), British Columbia, Canada (604/272-3935) and Barcelona,
Spain (34-93-594-8720).

    WMS Gaming Inc., a subsidiary of WMS Industries Inc., designs,
manufactures and markets video and reel-spinning gaming devices and
video lottery terminals.

    This press release contains certain forward-looking statements
concerning future business conditions and the outlook for the Company
based on currently available information that involve risks and
uncertainties. The Company's actual results could differ materially
from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements as a result
of certain risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the
financial strength of the gaming industry, the expansion of legalized
gaming into new markets, legislation and regulatory changes in
existing gaming markets, the development, introduction and success of
new games and new technologies and the ability to maintain the
scheduling of such introductions, the ability of the Company to
qualify for and maintain gaming licenses and approvals, and other
risks more full described under "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual
Report on Form 10-K and other periodic filings with the Securities and
Exchange Commission.

    JUMBLE® is a trademark of Tribune Media Services.(c)2000 Tribune
Media Services. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
MONOPOLY® is a trademark of Hasbro.(R)&(c)2000 Hasbro Inc. All rights
reserved. Used with permission.

    CONTACT: WMS Gaming Inc., Waukegan    
             Molly D. Sandberg, 773/961-1913                      
             msandberg@wmsgaming.com
                    or
             Jaffoni & Collins Incorporated, New York 
             Joseph N. Jaffoni, Richard Land, 212/835-8500 
             wms@jcir.com
 
 

 


 
 

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