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A Steak Or A $43million Jackpot At The Casino? Your Choice

A Steak Or A $43million Jackpot At The Casino? Your Choice

Imagine you're playing the slot machine at the casino. You've spent more money than you've won, but it's a bit of fun. Next thing you know, the machine starts dinging and flashing. You've only gone and won. But how much?! How does $42,949,642.76 (£35,008,776.94) sound?

Well, forget it. The casino has said that it was a 'technical glitch' and now you've been offered a steak dinner instead.


On a scale of one to 42,949,642.76 - how pissed off are you?

That's the reality for Katrina Bookman. Speaking to NY Daily News, she said: "There was nothing wrong with it when I was playing the machine.

"How do we know when there's a problem with it? Once I hit something, now you're going to say it's a problem. I totally don't think that was fair.

"You offer me a steak dinner? I feel like they did me real dirty."

Yeah, you've got to agree with her here. It's like if something in a shop is being advertised as a tenner and then you get to the till and it's £35 million. Surely, that's completely unfair?


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A spokesperson from Resorts World Casino said: "Upon being notified of the situation, 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.

"Machine malfunctions are rare, and we would like to extend our apologies to Ms. Bookman for any inconvenience this may have caused."

Apparently, the machine's screen did display the huge amount, but the printed ticket showed $2.25.

Katrina is now planning to sue the casino. Her lawyer, Alan Ripka, said: "She's upset, obviously. She thought her life and family's life would have been changed forever.

"You can't have it both ways. They're saying that the machine was broken.

"Doesn't that mean a place can claim a machine is broken every time somebody wins?"

Fair point.

Featured image credit: NY Daily News

Topics: Mistake, Casino

Mel Ramsay

Mel Ramsay has been a Senior Journalist for Tyla and LADbible since 2015. She started her career writing obituaries and funeral guides online. Since then, her work has been published in a wide variety of national and local news sites. She is part of the BBC's Generation project and has spoken about young people, politics and mental health on television, radio and online. Contact her - [email protected]