By Jackie Wattles
New York City (CNNMoney)– A fruit machine told her she hit a huge jackpot, but the gambling establishment declared it was a device error and offered her a meal on the house. Now, she’s taking this to court.
Katrina Bookman recorded national attention in 2015 when she played a “Sphinx Slot Machine” 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, believing her life was forever changed.
However when Bookman concerned gather her reward, a casino worker told her she had not really won anything and provided her nothing however a complimentary steak supper and $2.25.
Bookman’s lawyer said she did not accept either the dinner or the $2.25.
At the time, Resorts World spokesperson Dan Bank asked forgiveness and told CNN that “gambling establishment personnel were able to figure out that the figure displayed on the cent slot was the result of an apparent malfunction– a reality later on verified by the New York State Video gaming Commission.”
The New York State Gaming Commission likewise said in August that the maker showed a disclaimer mentioning, “Malfunctions void all pays and plays.”
Bookman’s attorney Alan Ripka states he has been defending months to get the casino to pony up more cash for Bookman, however to no get. So, on June 14, he submitted a lawsuit.
Ripka likewise states the gambling establishment’s reasons are “ridiculous.”
“You can’t claim a maker is broken because you want it to be broken. Does that suggest it wasn’t examined? Does it indicate it wasn’t kept?,” Ripka told CNNMoney. “And if so, does that mean that people that played there prior to [Bookman] had zero chance of winning?”
Ripka likewise stated he’s asked Resorts World Gambling establishment to describe how the machine malfunctioned, however the company did not provide him anything.
The grievance declares that Resorts World Casino was “irresponsible” and did not properly keep their lotto equipment. It likewise presumes that Bookman suffered “mental distress” as an outcome of the event and she sustained a “considerable” monetary setback since she “lost the possibility and/or opportunity to win” on the machine.
The problem also names video lottery operator Genting New York LLC and slot machine maker International Game Innovation as offenders.
Ripkin says he plans to seek at least $43 million in damages.
The casino did not immediately react to CNNMoney’s ask for remark concerning the claim.
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