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Woman Sues New York Casino For Being Offered A Steak Dinner Instead Of $43 Million Win For Malfunctioned Slot Machine

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A woman is suing a New York Casino for offering her steak dinner and $2.25 rather than her $43 million win from their slot machine. The casino claimed that her machine malfunctioned.

The Incident

Katrina Bookman is suing Resorts World Casino in Queens, New York for offering her a steak dinner and $2.25 rather than the $43 million she won from one of their slot machines. According to CNN Money, the slot machine’s screen said she had won $43 million, but the casino claimed the machine was malfunctioning.

The woman declined their offer and threatened to sue if they refused to pay her her winnings. According to an investigation by the Gaming Commission of New York State, it was indeed an error in the slot machine.

The Lawsuit

Bookman is suing the resort in order to get the money she was led to believe she was owed and also to get an explanation for the malfunction.

According to her attorney: “Does it mean it wasn’t inspected? Does it mean it wasn’t maintained? And if so, does that mean that people that played there before had zero chance of winning?”

She claims that the casino was negligent in maintaining their machines. She also claimed that she suffered from “mental anguish” and that her loss of the “chance and/or opportunity to win” caused her a “significant financial setback.”

Previous “False Wins”

This isn’t the first case where a casino’s machines malfunctioned and said that a customer won a jackpot.

According to Chicago Tribune, in 2011, Pauline McKee’s slot machine also showed she won a $41 million bonus. She filed a lawsuit against the casino, which she lost in 2015 on the grounds that the casino’s rules set a clear $10,000 cap with no bonuses. They claimed she was only owed $1.85 in winnings.