Slot machine shows $43 MILLION win; casino offers steak dinner, says machine ‘malfunctioned’
Call it the $42.9 million dollar selfie. Katrina Bookman flashed her multi-million dollar smile. Behind her, on her slot machine screen, evidence of her mega win.
“I kept thinking about my family,” Boookman said.
Bookman’s voice cracked when she remembered her short-lived joy.
She’s used to disappointment. Raised in foster care, homeless as a teen, Bookman raised four kids who graduated high school — all by herself.
“The struggle I’ve been through, it’s hard to cope,” said Bookman.
She already earmarked the millions. She planned to buy a barber shop for her son, and give a big chunk back to her community.
The apparent jackpot hit was in late August at Resorts World Casino.
Video shot by Bookman’s partner after she reported her huge winnings showed a casino in chaos.
She was surrounded by customers and casino personnel and security. Escorted off the casino floor, she was told to ‘come back tomorrow’ for the decision.
Bookman remembers her next-day visit to the casino.
“I said ‘what did I win?’ ‘You didn’t win nothing,'” Bookman said.
Bookan said the only winning the casino offered was a steak dinner.
“They win and the house doesn’t want to pay out. To me that’s unfair,” Alan Ripka, Bookman’s attorney said.
Ripka said at the very least, Bookman should win the maximum allowed on the Sphinx machine.
The casino says that’s $6,500.
“The machine takes your money when you lose. It ought to pay it when you win,” Ripka said.
Officials with the state gaming commission said Bookman’s machine malfunctioned. Stated on all machines is the message: “Malfunctions void all pays and plays.”
As for Bookman, she still thinks at the minimum she should’ve been awarded the max payout on that machine.
The New York State Gaming Commission said it pulled the slot machine immediately after the incident — fixed it — and put it back out on the casino floor .
When asked whether the casino can award the max pay-out, officials with the gaming commission said by law they can’t do that. She’s only entitled to her winning — just $2.25.
Bookman plans to sue the casino.
They can keep that steak dinner on ice for now.