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Unheard of 3rd mega WAP Jackpot Won in Less Than 2 Months; Tuesday’s Jackpot = $531,281

QUAPAW –  A lucky winner Tuesday night won a $531,281 Wide Area Progressive (WAP) jackpot at the Quapaw Tribe’s Downstream Casino Resort in northeast Oklahoma — the third WAP jackpot at the same casino since July, which is extremely rare.

"We are thinking it must be our habit of friendly guest-service that brings us all this good luck," Downstream Chairman John Berrey said. "We are going to just keep doing what we do, and maybe we’ll keep this winning streak going!"

A WAP is a large group of slot machines that are linked together throughout the U.S. and have a common progressive top award. Tuesday’s jackpot was won on a $1 machine. The winner asked to remain anonymous.

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GROVE (AP) – The Cherokee Nation and Cherokee Nation Entertainment are breaking ground on a new casino near Grove.

The casino will be the tribe’s 10th and is expected to create 175 jobs.

The casino will be on 24 acres on Highway 59 north of Grove and near the Monkey Island resort.

In addition to electronic and table games, the casino will include a restaurant, a full-service bar, live music and a dance floor.

The casino is projected to cost $23 million and open this winter.

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PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) – An American Indian tribe based in Oklahoma is pulling out of a partnership seeking to build a casino in southeast Kansas because of hostility from Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration, the tribe’s chairman said.

John Berrey, chairman of the Quapaw Tribe, announced Wednesday that the tribe will not be partners with developer Phil Ruffin in a proposed Emerald City Casino & Resort north of Pittsburg. He said the withdrawal is in response to a federal lawsuit filed by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt seeking to stop the tribe from expanding its Downstream Casino facility in Oklahoma onto land the tribe owns in Kansas.

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SOUTH COFFEYVILLE – The Cherokee Nation and citizens of Nowata County are celebrating more than a hundred new jobs to the area, ushered in by the opening of the new Cherokee Casino South Coffeyville.

“Of the 135 jobs already filled at this casino, more than 100 of those employees are Cherokee citizens. That’s huge,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “We have more Cherokees employed in our businesses than ever before. That’s accomplishing the goal, folks. These jobs provide a good quality of life for our people and generate funding to expand services for those in need.”

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