WMS Gaming Surpasses 4,000 Units Ordered by California Casinos; Company Achieves Annual Fiscal Goal Sooner Than Expected 

CHICAGO
Feb. 20, 2001

    WMS Gaming Inc., a subsidiary of WMS Industries Inc. (NYSE: WMS), 
announced today that it has received a sales order representing its 4,000th 
gaming device for delivery to casinos in California during its June 30, 2001 fiscal
year. By surpassing 4,000 sales orders in California, the Company has
exceeded its initial internal sales goals and penetrated the market
rapidly due to high customer acceptance of its products.

   Brian R. Gamache, President and Chief Operating Officer of WMS
Industries, Inc. stated, "Having orders for more than 4,000 units into
California in two-thirds of the projected time frame is very exciting
and significant for our company. The California market is our first
foray into a brand new marketplace as one of the top suppliers in the
industry. Starting from that position of strength, we have always been
confident that we could achieve twenty-five percent marketshare in the
state. California Native American casino operators, in an effort to
provide their guests with top-notch entertainment, have embraced our
products as key elements of their slot mix allowing us to sell a
substantial number of units enabling us to exceed our projections
sooner than expected."

    Mr. Gamache continued, "We have capitalized on the sales momentum,
increased visibility and customer acceptance of our products in
California resulting in order volume for eight months that surpasses
our twelve month goal. By combining printer technology with our
innovative and entertaining game themes for this new marketplace, we
have been able to provide the casino operator with a wide array of
products that offer tremendous earning potential enabling WMS to
garner a substantial market share in the state. Going forward, we will
continue to develop products and technology with this important market
in mind in order to further broaden our product offerings."
   
     WMS Gaming Inc. is headquartered in Waukegan (847/785-3000) with
its product development center in Chicago (800/932-3021) and 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) 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.

    CONTACT: WMS Gaming Inc., Chicago
             Scott D. Schweinfurth, 847/785-3760                                              
             sschweinfurth@wmsgaming.com
              or
             Jaffoni & Collins Incorporated, New York
             Joseph N. Jaffoni, Richard Land  
             212/835-8500                     
             wms@jcir.com


 
 

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