Will Katrina Bookman win her lawsuit against the "Resorts World Casino"?
Nearly a year after the fact, a New York woman is suing a casino and a slot machine maker over a massive jackpot that never was.
In August 2016, Katrina Bookman was gambling at Resorts World Casino in Brooklyn, New York. While playing a shot machine, she received a surprise when the machine seemed to indicate that she had won, flashing lights and playing music, according to Courthouse News.
Then the words appeared across the screen: “Printing cash ticket $42,949,672.76”.
That would be the largest jackpot from a slot machine in U.S. history, according to CNN.
But when Bookman attempted to cash out, a casino employee told her the machine had malfunctioned, and that she had actually only won $2.25. She was then offered a steak dinner instead, according to USA Today. She declined both.
News of Bookman’s experience made national headlines when it was uncovered by a local TV station in the fall, and people immediately drew comparisons to a 2015 case when an Iowa grandmother was declined a $42 million payout and given $1.85 instead. Her case was eventually rejected by the Iowa Supreme Court, according to Ars Technica.
In Bookman’s case, Resorts World Casino says that the maximum payout on the machine that day was supposed to be just $6,500, and that it had a disclaimer reading “"Malfunctions void all pays and plays,” per USA Today. The casino also said Bookman printed a winning ticket that showed she had only won $2.25.
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