Katrina Bookman was playing the slots at Resorts World Casino in New York when she hit the jackpot of $43 million. But when Bookman tried to collect her winnings, she was escorted out of the casino and told to come back the next day. When she returned, the casino offered her $2.25 and a steak dinner—the balance left on the machine and the prize the casino says it was supposed to have awarded her… so she’s suing for the $43 million.
The casino says that the slot machine malfunctioned (the machine has a disclaimer reading, “Malfunctions void all pays and plays”). She may need more than luck to collect: an 87-year-old woman was denied a $42 million payout by the Iowa Supreme Court in 2011 in a similar case of an allegedly malfunctioning slot machine.
You are the Big Broadcast Judge & Jury… what’s your verdict?