Casino, Katrian Bookman, New York, News, Queens -

Casino tells woman $43M prize was slot machine malfunction

Casino, Katrian Bookman, New York, News, Queens -

Casino tells woman $43M prize was slot machine malfunction

In August, Katrina Bookman thought that her life had changed forever when she saw the readout on a slot machine she was playing: Printing Cash Ticket. $42,949,642.76.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Bookman told the New York Daily News. “My body went numb.”

But instead of the huge payout that she’d been told she won, the casino told Bookman that the machine had malfunctioned, and so she was not entitled to the millions of dollars the machine promised her. Instead, they offered her a free steak dinner as more or less a consolation prize.

“There was nothing wrong with it when I was playing the machine,” Bookman said. “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.”

A Resorts spokesperson apologized to Bookman, and officials explained that maximum payouts are set on machines to protect the money that casinos make that goes toward the communities.

“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,” a Resorts statement said. “Machine malfunctions are rare, and we would like to extend our apologies to Ms. Bookman for any inconvenience this may have caused.”

However, Bookman’s lawyer, Alan Ripka, said that the casino should honor the payout that was advertised or at least give back the money that other people spent on a machine that was malfunctioning.

“You can’t have it both ways,” Ripka said. “They’re saying that the machine was broken. Doesn’t that mean a place can claim a machine is broken every time somebody wins?”

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