Mi-Wuk Village woman hits the big one

April 13, 2003 11:00 pm

By LENORE

RUTHERFORD

Kim Bramm planned to be at her post at the Pinecrest Food Market today despite winning $3.5 million at Black Oak Casino yesterday morning.

"I am still in mental shock," she said just before going to bed about 8:30 last night, "but I will be at the store tomorrow. It's my job, and I like it."

She owns the store in partnership with other family members.

Bramm, who declined to give her age, won the progressive jackpot on a $5 Wheel of Fortune slot machine, which is tied to a network of machines in about 200 Native American casinos throughout the United States.

Every time a machine in the network is played, the jackpot increases. According the Chris Martin, Black Oak's director of gaming, Bramm's win marks the largest win ever at a California Indian casino.

"I only play the $5 machines if I've already been winning," Bramm said. "I got to the casino about midnight and started playing 5-cent keno. I can't remember how much I won at that, but it was enough, so I decided to try $100 at the $5 Wheel of Fortune before walking out the door."

The machine hit at 4:08 a.m.

Bramm stared at the machine as the color drained from her face and she slumped in her chair, said Jason Czito, the slot technician supervisor who first spotted the win.

"If I hadn't just seen the big numbers come up, I would have thought something was wrong with her and called for help," he said.

The Mi-Wuk Village woman said her only thoughts at that moment were to calm down and be sure she wasn't imagining it.

"I hate it when people get a little jackpot and overreact," she said.