Lucky Player Wins $679,000 at Ameristar Casino St. Charles

    ST. CHARLES, Mo., July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- A slot player at Ameristar
 Casino St. Charles hit the jackpot Monday, July 22, 2002, with a whopping
 $679,353 prize.
     The winner, who elected to remain anonymous, was playing a 25-cent,
 three-coin Triple Diamond Wheel of Gold machine at 3:15 p.m. on the first
 level of the casino when all the right symbols lined up perfectly.
     The win comes less than a month before Ameristar Casino St. Charles is
 scheduled to officially unveil its all-new $360 million gaming and
 entertainment facility.  Ceremonies, including a world-class fireworks display
 produced by the Grucci Fireworks Family of New York, are scheduled for the
 evening of Aug. 6.
     When the Nevada-based Ameristar bought the property in December 2000, the
 company pledged to stimulate the St. Charles and greater St. Louis economy by
 bringing guests a dynamic entertainment experience complete with seven dining
 and entertainment venues, as well as a state-of-the-art casino boasting the
 latest games.
     The new, 130,000-square-foot gaming area will offer more than 3,300 slot
 and video machines, and 95 table games, including a 12-table live poker area.
 With a VIP players lounge conveniently located near the high-limit slots, the
 gaming operation will be the largest in St. Charles County and the newest in
 Missouri.
     "Through the extension of Ameristar's high standards and distinctive
 approach, we have created a premier gaming and entertainment facility which
 complements the strong heritage of St. Charles," says Ameristar's Chairman,
 President and CEO Craig H. Neilsen.  "This property further extends our brand
 in one of the most dynamic gaming markets in the country and strengthens
 Ameristar's abilities to serve local St. Louis residents and Midwestern
 tourists with an array of amenities that provide excitement, comfort and the
 quality for which our organization is known."
     Ameristar Casino St. Charles offers state-of-the-art slot and video poker
 machines with denominations ranging from $.01 to $100 and a wide selection of
 the most popular new games like Winning for Dummies, PacMan and Survivor.
 Ameristar boasts one of the largest selections of progressive machines in the
 Midwest, including in-house and wide-area games with million dollar jackpots
 on Wheel of Fortune, Video Megabucks and Regis.  Ameristar's investment in the
 latest slot technology includes Quickets, a cash-out ticket system that
 finally ends the wait for hopper fills and manual payouts.
     Ameristar Casinos, Inc. is an innovative Las Vegas-based gaming and
 entertainment company known for its distinctive, quality conscious
 hotel-casinos and value orientation.  Led by President and Chief Executive
 Officer Craig H. Neilsen, the organization's roots go back nearly five decades
 to a tiny roadside casino in the high plateau country that borders Idaho and
 Nevada.  Publicly held since November 1993, the corporation owns and operates
 six properties in Nevada, Missouri, Iowa and Mississippi, two of which carry
 the prestigious American Automobile Association's Four Diamond designation.
 Ameristar's Common Stock is traded on the Nasdaq National Market System under
 the symbol: ASCA.
 
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