Woman Wins $42.9 Million Japckpot In Casino, Until Security Pulls Her To The Side
Katrina Bookman was playing the sphinx slot machine at resorts world casino when she saw $42.9 million on the screen, she believed it was the dollar amount she won. That amount would have been U.S. History’s biggest slot machine jackpot win. Sadly for Bookman she didn’t even make more than a fer dollars. Before the news was broken to her that the machine was malfunctioning, Bookman took a selfie with the screen in view.
Footage shows the woman smiling next to the screen that said it was printing the cash ticket for $42,949,672.76. She learnt she was entitled to only $2.25 because she didn’t actually win. The casino also offered her a complimentary steak dinner because Bookman’s jackpot win wasn’t real but her disappointment and even ‘mental anguish’ were real.
Can you imagine the overwhelming emotion of learning that you have win a jackpot, only to be deprived from that excitement moments later due to malfunctioning machine? Obviously, these news came hard on Katrina, especially because of her past struggles, having spent her childhood in foster care and living on the verge of poverty half of her life.
In addition, her teen years involved homelessness, struggle and raising four children on her own, so when she read the amount on the screen she thought that luck is finally on her side.
Even though casino personnel were able to determine that the figure displayed on the penny slot was the result of an obvious malfunction, a fact that was later confirmed by the New York State Gaming Commission, Alan Ripka, Bookman’s attorney, filed a lawsuit stressing “You can’t claim a machine is broken because you want it to be broken. Does that mean it wasn’t inspected?”
Moreover, the maximum winning on the Sphinx slot machine is $6,500 so Ripka might seek at least $43 million in damages but believes Bookman should receive at least the actual maximum amount. Major machine malfunctions should immediately be stated, so that when customers play on the slot machines they don’t face the same disappointment Bookman felt!