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Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Woman Denied $43 Million Jackpot And Offered Steak DinnerIinstead

It was a selfie she thought was worth nearly $43 million.

Katrina Bookman hit the jackpot on a slot machine in late August at Resorts World Casino in Jamaica, Queens. She even took an excited self-portrait with the machine displaying her winnings: $42,949,672. It would have been the largest slot machine jackpot in US history.

"I can't even describe the feeling. It's like my whole body just got numb," Bookman told CNN affilate WABC.

But when she came back the next day to find out the exact size of her jackpot, a casino employee crushed her excitement.

"I said, 'So what did I win? He said, 'You didn't win nothing,'" she told WABC.

The New York State Gaming Commission said that Bookman's machine had malfunctioned. The machine, like all the ones in the casino, has a disclaimer stating, "Malfunctions void all pays and plays."

Instead, the casino offered Bookman a complimentary steak dinner.

"All I could think about was my family," Bookman told WABC, her voice breaking. She grew up in foster care and raised 4 children as a single mother.

Katrina Bookman and a slot machine screen displaying what she thought were her winnings.

The New York State Gaming Commission told WABC that they immediately pulled the machine from the casino floor to fix it, and it is now up and running once again. The commission said that by law they can only award Bookman her actual winnings of $2.25, printed by the machine.

"They win, and now the house doesn't want to pay out. To me that's unfair," says Bookman's attorney, Alan Ripka. He's fighting for the casino to pay Bookman the maximum amount allowed by the Sphinx slot machine -- $6,500.

"The machine takes the money when you lose. It ought to pay it when you win," Ripka said.

Resorts World spokesman Dan Bank told CNN: "Upon being notified of the situation, casino personnel were able to determine that the figure displayed on the penny slot was the result of an obvious malfunction -- a fact later confirmed by the New York State Gaming Commission.

"After explaining the circumstances to Ms. Bookman, we offered to pay her the correct amount that was shown on the printed ticket. Machine malfunctions are rare, and we would like to extend our apologies to Ms. Bookman for any inconvenience this may have caused."

The casino couldn't send a portion of its revenue to a New York state education fund, as mandated by law, if had to pay out massive jackpots like the one displayed on Bookman's machine, Bank said. In five years, the casino has generated more than $1.6 billion for the fund, he said.

But Bookman remains frustrated.

"I should win the max. And I feel like I should treat him (the casino employee) to a steak dinner," she said.

*CHAIIIIIII.....What a big Disappointment!


  1. I can't even imagine how this woman feels.

    1. She should check her village, they are after her, lmao! Chai! Disappointment of the year.

    2. Village pple dey folu like bumper to fender

      Am back 4gud
      Mc pinky

  2. They cheated her out of it, that is what those casinos do. If you lose they will take your money in thousands of $ but the minute you win one issue or the other will arise. It will not be well with them. Her lawyer should fight this very well.

  3. Oh no, i can't just imagine how disappointed she feels, am sure she had spent the whole night thinking of to use the money the needs of her four children as a single mum, the casino should atleast offer her something but definitely not the free complimentary dinner they are suggesting.

    1. You know this.

      Xhlrted P

  4. Wow this is very disappointing and unfair!!!

  5. I can imagine how disappointed she felt on hearing the news.
    Her attorney should fight with every thing he's got to see that she is paid that amount.
    What if she had gone home that day and slumped due to the excitement of being a sweep stake winner?

  6. Na spirit of disappointment ooo.

  7. I reject such news in my life...Seeing the dream and not living

  8. So annoying, money she has finished spending. Pity her though, dashed hope.

  9. If her lawyer presses charges they may pay her a reasonable amount of money,its too bad nd am feelin for her

  10. Ehya such a pity...but life goes on


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