Imagine if you won $43 million on a slot machine, got excited, took pictures, were told you won only to later be told you wouldn’t get the payout because there had been a glitch in the machine. What would you do?
This happened to a woman from Queens and to make up for it the casino offered her a free steak dinner. Needless to say, she is now suing New York’s Resorts World Casino for the full amount of the jackpot.
Bookman’s lawyer, Alan Ripka said that his client turned down the steak dinner and the $2.25 prize that was offered to her. Yes, you read that right, $2.25.
The suit names more than the casino she played at, it also includes Genting New York LLC, the casino’s parent company, and International Game Technology — they are the maker of the slot machine — for alleged common-law negligence, breach of contract and negligent representation.
“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 said. “And if so, does that mean that people that played there before (Bookman) had zero chance of winning?”
A spokesperson for the resort said that the win was the “result of an obvious malfunction,” due to the fact that that particular slot machine’s highest payout is $6,500.
The state Gaming Commission also dismissed Bookman’s claims because the machine displays the statement “Malfunctions void all pays and plays.”