Woman Wins $43M on Slot Machine, Told It’s a Malfunction

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At the Resorts World Casino in New York, Katrina Bookman’s heart skipped a beat when she saw she won $42.9M on a slot machine. She took a selfie in front of the screen that told her to wait on her payment. Sadly, when casino employees approached her, they said the machine had malfunctioned and she had only won $2.25. They offered her a steak dinner for her trouble.

ABC 13 quotes Bookman as saying, “I kept thinking about my family,” and “The machine takes your money when you lose. It ought to pay it when you win.” Since the machine maxes out at a win of $6,500, Bookman says she feels the casino should at least honor that amount.

The Washington Times reported on a similar incident that took place in 2015 in Oregon. A woman playing slots at the Lucky Eagle Casino believed she won $8M, but officials told her the machine had malfunctioned. Then, they printed out her voucher for only $80, and pointed out the sticker that’s on all slot machines that says any malfunction voids winnings.

Even though machine malfunctions are obviously possible, it must feel completely heartbreaking to think you’ve won enough to keep yourself and your family happy and healthy for the rest of your lives, only to find out that the slot machine played an awful trick on you.