updated 6/6/2007 10:12:04 PM ET 2007-06-07T02:12:04

A 76-year-old Navy veteran turned pennies into riches, hitting a $3.2 million jackpot on penny slot machines at an Indian casino.

Robert Wilkie, Jr., of San Diego, scored the payout Monday at the Casino Pauma, in northern San Diego County.

Wilkie was playing a "Star Wars" progressive machine, which pools play from similar machines nationwide to generate the big jackpot.

The jackpot was the biggest ever for penny slots in California, said a spokeswoman for International Game Technology, which provides most slot machines to Indian casinos in the state.

Penny slots are usually played for more than a penny because machines allow for multiple bets on each spin.

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