Sunday 22 July 2018

I Won $43 Million But Offered Steak Meal Instead

Katrina Bookman thought her luck had changed while playing a ''Sphinx Slot Machine'' at Resorts World Casino in New York, USA. 

It looked like she had won $43 Million!  

If true, it would be the largest win on a slot machine in the US. 

Just to prove the point she took a selfie.

Bookman rushed to collect for fortune but was told by staff she had won NOTHING. To make up for the loss, they would give her a complimentary steak dinner worth $2.25. 

She didn't accept the offer and instead decided to sue.

Resort World Casino spokesman Dan Bank said to CNN: ''casino personnel were able to determine that the figure displayed on the penny slot was the result of an obvious malfunction -- a fact later confirmed by the New York State Gaming Commission."

By all accounts the slot machine had malfunctioned and the New York Gaming Commission state: ''Malfunctions void all pays and plays.''

The casino wouldn't pay so a lawsuit was files and Alan Ripka fought the case stating that the casinos excuses were ''ridiculous.''

"You can't claim a machine is broken because you want it to be broken. Does that mean it wasn't inspected? Does it mean it wasn't maintained?," Ripka told CNNMoney. "And if so, does that mean that people that played there before [Bookman] had zero chance of winning?"

He asked the casino to explain how the slot machine had malfunctioned. They offered no explanation.

The complaint alleges that Resorts World Casino was "negligent" and did not adequately maintain their lottery equipment. It also posits that Bookman suffered "mental anguish" as a result of the incident and she sustained a "significant" monetary setback because she "lost the chance and/or opportunity to win" on the machine.''

Ripka said he plans to seek $43 Million in damages.

The lawsuit echoes a similar case against a casino in Iowa. Where the court ruled in favour of Isle Casino Hotel when a penny slot machine indicated that a 90-year-old woman had won $41 Million. Where the jackpot was capped at $10,000 and didn't allow bonuses.