Resorts World casino sued for offering steak instead of $43 million jackpot

casino suedKatrina Bookman was playing Sphinx Slot machine in Resorts World, a casino in New York city last year, when she won what looked like a $43million jackpot. In her excitement, she quickly snapped a selfie with the winnings being displayed on the slot machine. When she tried to claim her winnings, she was told by officials that the jackpot was void. In order to make up for the error, the casino offered her a steak dinner. Bookman declined the offer and instead demanded her money.

Resorts World’s claim that the jackpot win was an error was upheld by the New York State Gaming Commision. They also said that the Sphinx slot machine did in fact display a disclaimer in August which read “malfunctions void all pays and plays”. A spokesperson for Resorts World also pointed out that Sphinx’s only had a maximum payout of $6,500.

The case

Bookman decided to take the casino to court, after being offered a steak dinner and an additional $2.25 by Resorts World. Her lawyer, Alan Ripka has been fighting for months to get the casino to at least fork out more cash for Bookman. He didn’t have any joy, so, on June 14 he filed a lawsuit. Ripka has called the casino’s excuses “ridiculous” and went on to say that “you can’t claim a machine is broken because you want it to be broken. Does that mean that it wasn’t inspected? Does that mean that it wasn’t maintained?”. He probed further “Does that mean that people that played there before had zero chance of winning?”. Ripka has called Resorts World “negligent” for their failure to adequately maintain their lottery equipment. He also said that Bookman has since suffered “mental anguish” as a result of the incident. The complaint also suggests that Bookman sustained “significant” monetary setback. Video lottery operator Genting New York LLC (Resorts World Casino’s parent company) and slot machine maker International Game Technology) are also named as defendants in the complaint. Ripka plans to seek $43million in damages and is set on getting Bookman the money she ‘rightly’ one on the slot.

A similar lawsuit was filed against Isle Casino Hotel in Iowa. A 90-year-old-woman was led to believe that she had won a $41 million jackpot. The Chicago Tribune reported that the court ruled in favour of the casino. They stated that the “games rules capped jackpots at $10,000 and didn’t allow bonuses”.


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