Man Lets Woman Push Slot Machine Button For Him, But She Gets To Keep Entire $100K Jackpot
Gambler Left Empty-Handed Thanks To Casino Rules
Be careful if you let someone else push the spin button on a slot machine for you.
A gambler in Florida found out the hard way in January when a woman he had befriended was sitting next to him at a $50-a-spin slot machine in the high-roller room at the Seminole Hard Rock casino, according to a report from the Miami Herald.
The man, Jan Flato, said that he was feeding the machine money and let Marina Medvedeva Navarro push the button for good luck. The spin resulted in a $100,000 jackpot.
Because Navarro had placed the wager, the casino gave her the money—$50,000 in cash and a $50,000 check. Video footage confirmed that she had pressed the button.
She reportedly asked the casino’s security to keep her safe while she left.
Flato was left flabbergasted.
The pair have known each other since meeting at a casino in 2015. A few weeks later, Navarro sent him a text message. Poker players would call it a massive needle.
“Still hate me?” she texted Flato.
“How could you do that to me?” he replied.
Navarro denied Flato’s version of events to the Miami Herald. In a follow-up article, Navarro said that it was actually her money in the machine and that Flato knew that the gambler who pushes the button gets the jackpot.
According to Flato, he’s unable to sue because no lawyer will take his case.
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