Slots Winner Says No to Steak – Sues for $43 Million Jackpot

Last year, Katrina Bookman was riding high after hitting a $43 million slots jackpot at New York’s Resorts World Casino. But this dream win quickly turned into a nightmare when casino officials told her that the win was due to a machine malfunction. Their consolation offer: a free steak dinner and a $2.25 slots payout. […]

katrina-bookman-steakLast year, Katrina Bookman was riding high after hitting a $43 million slots jackpot at New York’s Resorts World Casino. But this dream win quickly turned into a nightmare when casino officials told her that the win was due to a machine malfunction.

Their consolation offer: a free steak dinner and a $2.25 slots payout.

Not surprisingly, Bookman rejected their offer. And now she has a high-profile New York attorney seeking $43 million on her behalf.

“You didn’t Win Nothing”

These were the words Bookman says she was told after a $43 million jackpot flashed across her Sphinx slot machine.

Land-based casino slot machines have a disclaimer stating that a malfunction voids all pays and plays. This disclaimer is meant to protect casinos in instances like the Bookman situation. But rarely are the stakes this high.

Given how much money is on the line, it’s no wonder why Katrina isn’t ready to willingly accept the steak dinner offer.

New York Attorney Alan Ripka is on the Case

alan-ripka-slots-attorneyBookman has hired New York City-based attorney Alan Ripka to handle her slots case. And he’s spent months trying to settle this matter with Resorts World – but to no avail.

“They win and the house doesn’t want to pay out. To me that’s unfair,” said Ripka.

He’s filed a lawsuit for the full $43 million jackpot; but he believes that Bookman is at least entitled to the Sphinx machine’s maximum payout of $6,500.

If Bookman gets the lawsuit’s max asking amount, then she’ll be ready to eat steak.

“I feel I should win the max and I will treat him to a steak dinner,” Bookman said regarding Ripka.

New York Claims Making the Jackpot Payout would be “Illegal”

According to LawNewz, the New York State Gaming Commission tells 6 ABC news that even if Resorts World wanted to pay her the $43 million jackpot, they wouldn’t be able to. After all, it wouldn’t be legal.

All payouts must come from functioning machines, as per each game’s disclaimer. And while this doesn’t bode well for Bookman’s case, stranger things have happened in court.

 

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