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Wheel of Fortune was lucky for Helen Moreland on New Year’s Eve

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BETWEEN DEC. 15 AND JAN. 5, IGT slot machines paid out almost $12.7 million in 14 jackpots in eight states. Thirteen of them were on Wheel of Fortune machines. The biggest was more than $3.8 million at the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne, Calif., and there were jackpots on New Year’s Eve, including the $264,876 Helen Moreland hit on the quarter Wheel of Fortune at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas.

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GIRLS GONE WILD CEO Joe Francis and Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt are seeking a different kind of stimulus package for the adult entertainment industry. They’re asking Congress for a $5 billion deal similar to the one they gave car makers. According to Francis, it’s “Just to see us through hard times.” Sales of DVD and rentals have decreased by 22 percent in the past year ...

Perhaps that’s the reason he stiffed the Wynn hotel for $2 million last year.

Hall of Famer Tera Patrick

TIMES ARE HARD ALL OVER ... Playboy has announced that it will not be hosting its annual Super Bowl bash this year in Tampa. It’s all part of the company’s plan to reduce operating expenses by $10 million.

HALL OF ... At last week’s AVN awards, actress Tera Patrick was inducted into the adult entertain- ment Hall of Fame. Unlike its rock ‘n’ roll counterpart, you can’t go visit it in Cleveland.

“THE SPIRIT OF ECSTASY” is not the title of a Ms. Patrick movie ... It’s actually the official name of the iconic ornament that adorns the hood of every Rolls-Royce that leaves the factory. The Silver Lady also comes in a limited-edition, platinum-and-diamond-crusted version that’ll add another $200,000 to the price of your ride.

A GEORGE IN Vegas-speak is a good tipper ... King George is code name for people like Drew Carey, who’s known for leaving a $5,000 tip.

GAMBLING REVENUE was down 16 percent in November, making it the 11th month in a row of declines for Las Vegas Strip casinos. The soft month is partially attributable to how the casinos report slot revenues ... Nov. 29 and 30 get rolled into December.

STATE LOTTERIES, on the other hand, are showing an increase in sales during the last half of 2008, and Washington, D.C., was up the most at 11 percent.

’ King George’ Carey

ONE OF THE LARGEST jackpots in the history of the New Jersey Lottery was hit in July, but it wasn’t claimed until last month. Clelia Lopes bought the ticket while grocery shopping and said that it took a long time to sink in for her and husband George ... Then she signed the back of the ticket, placed it in a safe-deposit box and hired a team of attorneys and financial experts for advice on the $126 million they just won. The couple took the lump sum payment of $75,499,102.

ALMOST AS GOOD as being there ... Boxing’s biggest PPV audience was last year’s Oscar De La Hoya-Manny Pacquiao fight, which was viewed by 1.25 million people. Promoters expect even more folks will watch the match between Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton this year.

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