Man Pays for Slots Spin, Friend Pushes Button & Keeps $100k

You’d think that the person who pays for a slots spin would be the beneficiary of a big jackpot. But as Florida gambler Jan Flato discovered, this isn’t the case at all. While playing at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Flato put money into IGT’s Double Top Dollar machine, which requires $50 a […]

jan-flato-slots-jackpotYou’d think that the person who pays for a slots spin would be the beneficiary of a big jackpot. But as Florida gambler Jan Flato discovered, this isn’t the case at all.

While playing at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Flato put money into IGT’s Double Top Dollar machine, which requires $50 a spin.

He decided to let his friend, Marina Navarro, push the spin button for “good luck,” according to 7News Boston. Much to both gamblers’ surprise, the game’s lights and bells started going off to indicate a $100,000 jackpot.

Afterward, Flato thought that he would be the jackpot winner because he supplied the money. However, he was surprised to learn that it was Navarro who’s entitled to the jackpot because she actually pushed the spin button.

The casino’s security team and managers reviewed video footage to confirm that it was in fact Navarro who made the lucky spin.

“The person who pushes a slot machine button or pulls the arm is the person who wins the jackpot,” said Gary Bitner, a spokesman for Seminole Hard Rock.

Flato has hard feelings towards Navarro because she not only chose to keep the jackpot, but also asked security guards to watch her friend as she took $50,000 cash and a $50,000 check to her car.

“I said, ‘Marina, what are you doing?’ and she gets up and walks out,” said Flato.

Apparently Navarro thought that this could be swept under the rug since she texted Flato weeks later about their friendship.

marina-navarro-slots-jackpot“Still hate me?”

Flato texted back: “How could you do that to me?”

Navarro’s response: “I miss you.”

Navarro claims that she offered Flato a cut of the jackpot, but he sent her threatening texts, which caused the offer to be rescinded.

As for Flato, he has an important message for slots players: “Don’t ever let them touch the button, don’t even tell them to touch anything for luck, because they can do what Marina did to me.”

Regarding the legality of this situation, Flato couldn’t get a lawyer to take his case because it’s standard for casinos to give the person who spins the reels – regardless of if they paid or not – the winnings.

The only instance where this might not be the case is if an unknown person walks up and pushes another player’s spin button without being asked. In any case, this doesn’t apply to Flato, and it looks like he’s out $100,000.

 

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