A mother of four thought she won $43million on a slot machine, but wound up walking away with nothing because the casino claimed the machine was faulty and offered her a meal on the house instead. Now, she’s taking them to court.
Katrina Bookman recorded nationwide attention last year when she played a “Sphinx Slots” at Resorts World Casino in Queens, New york city, and it looked like though she ‘d won $43 million which would have been the biggest jackpot ever won on the slots in U.S. history. She excitedly snapped a selfie with the screen which read ‘Printing cash ticket: $42,949,672.76 believing her life was forever changed.
But when Bookman pertained to collect her prize, a casino employee told her she had not really won anything and offered her nothing but a complimentary steak dinner and $2.25. Bookman’s legal representative said she did not accept either the dinner or the $2.25.
At the time, Resorts World spokesman Dan Bank apologised and informed CNN that “The gambling establishment were able to determine that the figure displayed on the penny slot was the outcome of an apparent malfunction. (A fact later verified by the New York State Video gaming Commission.) The New york city State Gaming Commission also stated in August that the machine showed a disclaimer mentioning, “Breakdowns void all pays and plays.” Bookman’s lawyer Alan Ripka states he has been fighting for months to get the gambling establishment to pay up more cash for Bookman, but to no avail.
In accordance on June 14, Ripka filed a lawsuit, claiming the casino’s reasons are “ludicrous. You can’t claim a machine is broken because you want it to be broken. Does that imply it wasn’t inspected? Does it indicate it wasn’t maintained?,”
Ripka informed CNNMoney.”And if so, does that mean that individuals that played there before [Bookman] had no chance of winning?” Ripka likewise said he’s asked Resorts World Gambling establishment to describe how the machine malfunctioned, but the company did not provide him anything.
The complaint claims that Resorts World Gambling establishment was “negligent” and did not adequately maintain their machines. The claim also states that Bookman has suffered “psychological suffering” as an outcome of the incident and she sustained a “significant “monetary obstacle since she “lost the opportunity and/or chance to win” on the machine. Wouldn’t we all!
The complaint also names video lottery operator Genting New york city LLC which is Resorts World Casino’s parent company and slots maker International Game Innovation as defendants.
Ripkin says he plans to seek at least $43 million in damages. Funnily enough, the exact amount Bookman would have received.