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Exterior view of Trump Taj Mahal Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, Friday Nov. 14, 2014.

A $3 million jackpot was hit by a woman playing a penny machine at Trump Taj Mahal on Saturday - the biggest Atlantic City slot win in more than three years.

The machine was a Wheel of Fortune city-wide progressive. The bet was four dollars.

“It’s a beautiful thing,” said Charlie Rando, Taj's vice-president of casino operations.

The property is wrapping up a bankruptcy restructuring. But, Rando said, shout it from the rooftops: “The Taj is open for business and we’re a lucky casino.” 

The winner asked casino personnel to withhold her name.

IGT, the slot manufacturer that operates the progressive system, which is linked across Atlantic City casinos, will pay the jackpot, Rando said. 

Over the last four years, only a single jackpot has eclipsed Saturday’s $3,084,922.63 win. It came on the penultimate day of 2012, when a Wheel of Fortune machine at Borgata unloaded a $3.8 million win.

The state Division of Gaming Enforcement verified that the machine was operating properly when the Taj jackpot hit, agency spokeswoman Kerry Langan said Wednesday.

In 2015 Atlantic City saw a single million-dollar-plus jackpot; it hit online, at, for $1.5 million.

There were three mega-jackpots in 2014: a $1.3 million hit at, a $2.5 million hit at the Golden Nugget, and a $1 million win at Bally’s.

In 2013 a gambler won $2.6 million on a Wizard of Oz penny machine at Borgata. The win came about two months after a $1.1 million jackpot at Golden Nugget.

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