Katrina Bookman is suing New York’s Resorts World Casino after the gambling operator refused to honour the $42,949,672 win a slot machine display promised her.
Resorts World Casino have denied Ms Bookman her payout on the grounds that the win was an error, and stated clearly on the machine is stated: “malfunctions void all pays and plays.”
Instead of the colossal payout the casino has instead offered Ms Bookman a steak dinner.
The jackpot win caused chaos in the casino initially. After posing for a selfie in front of the screen that declared her winnings Ms Bookman was escorted off the property and asked to return the next day to discuss her winnings.
According to Ms Bookman, a casino worker told her when she returned, “You didn’t win nothing.”
“The machine takes your money when you lose. It ought to pay it when you win,” said Bookman’s attorney, Alan Ripka. “The house doesn’t want to pay out. To me that’s unfair.”
Problematically for Ms Bookman, the stated maximum win for the machine is $6,500, indicating that her enormous jackpot was certainly an error and the machine was faulty. The New York Gambling Commission did indeed pull the slot machine after the win, repair it, and later return it to action.
Resorts World Casino New York City is located in the Aqueduct Racetrack complex in Queens, New York. It is the only legal casino within the city’s five boroughs, and only the second in the entire New York area. The casino opened in late 2011.
Ripka is pressing for the casino to pay Bookman at least the machine’s maximum payout, but according to WABC-TV in New York, the state gambling commission has said this would be illegal. Ms Bookman defiantly is holding out for her nearly £43 million prize.
Perhaps if she gets that, she can treat the casino owners to a steak dinner.