Katrina Bookman Fights for $43 Million Slots Jackpot

Katrina Bookman recently received the bad news that she won’t be getting a $43 million slots jackpot that she won at Resorts World casino. An unemployed mother of four, Bookman was thrilled when the slot machine that she was playing flashed $42,949,672.76 onscreen. But she was just as quickly devastated upon learning that the win […]

katrina-bowman-slots-jackpotKatrina Bookman recently received the bad news that she won’t be getting a $43 million slots jackpot that she won at Resorts World casino.

An unemployed mother of four, Bookman was thrilled when the slot machine that she was playing flashed $42,949,672.76 onscreen. But she was just as quickly devastated upon learning that the win occurred as a result of a machine malfunction.

The incident happened in late August, and has been given more rise due to the fact that Bookman plans to fight the matter in court.

She says that after winning, Resorts World officials asked her to come back the following day. When she returned, New York State Gaming officials explained that the machine is only scheduled to pay out $6,500 at the most.

“What did I win?” Bookman asked casino officials. “‘You didn’t win nothing,'” she was told.

As USA Today points out, all slot machines come with a disclaimer reading: “Malfunctions void all pays and plays.”

By New York Gaming Commission rules, Resorts World can’t pay Bookman the $43 million jackpot even if they wanted to. Instead, all she’ll receive is $2.25 and a free steak dinner, if she accepts.

“You offer me a steak dinner? I feel like they did me real dirty,” said Bookman.

resorts-world-casinoThe machine in question, Sphinx Wild, has since been removed from Resorts World’s floor for repairs. And Resorts World has issued the following statement about the matter:

“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.”

Bookman has hired attorney Alan Ripka to represent her over the case. Ripka believes that, at the very least, his client is entitled to Sphinx Wild’s top payout of $6,500.

“The machine takes your money when you lose. It ought to pay it when you win,” said Ripka.

 

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