Woman Celebrates Her $43 Million Slot Machine Win - Then She Gets Terrible News

Big Apple resident Katrina Bookman thought she hit the jackpot on a slot machine last summer at Resorts World Casino in Queens. The ecstatic woman even took a selfie with the machine displaying her winnings: $42,949,672.

"I can't even describe the feeling. It's like my whole body just got numb," Bookman noted when she spoke to the media.

But when Bookman came back the next day to collect her money, a casino employee informed her she had only won $2.25. It seems the New York State Gaming Commission concluded Bookman's slot machine had malfunctioned.

Also note all casino slot machines have a disclaimer reading: "Malfunctions void all pays and plays."

"They win, and now the house doesn't want to pay out. To me that's unfair," Bookman's lawyer, Alan Ripka, noted. He argues the casino should at least pay Bookman the maximum amount allowed by the Sphinx slot machine ($6,500).

"The machine takes the money when you lose. It ought to pay it when you win," Ripka commented.

Resorts World spokesman Dan Bank commented on the situation: "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.

"After explaining the circumstances to Ms. Bookman, we offered to pay her the correct amount that was shown on the printed ticket. Machine malfunctions are rare, and we would like to extend our apologies to Ms. Bookman for any inconvenience this may have caused."

Source: The Huffington Post
Photo: ABC 7

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