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Woman Sues Over Steak Dinner Offer After Hitting Faulty Slot Machine For $43 Million

August 2016 Incident Left Gambler With Depression, Anxiety: Lawsuit


A gambler from New York has filed a lawsuit over a slot machine glitch that she says has turned her life upside down.

Back in August 2016, Katrina Bookman was playing a slot machine at the Resorts World Casino in Queens when the machine hit for a whopping $42,949,672.76. Bookman thought she was a multi-millionaire, but the casino later told her that a malfunction caused the jackpot.

The machine had a maximum payout of $6,500. The nearly $43 million jackpot would have been the largest slot prize ever in America, according to a report from abc7NY. Thanks to New York law, the casino couldn’t even pay her the $6,500.

The casino offered her a steak dinner, as well as a $2.25 refund from her spin. However, according to the lawsuit, that is far from enough to make up for the pain and suffering.

Bookman reportedly raised four kids as a single mom and was once homeless.

Courthouse News Service reports that Bookman has sued the operator of the casino— Genting New York LLC—and slot machine manufacturer International Game Technology. The lawsuit alleges common-law negligence, breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation. Both firms are among the richest in the casino gambling space.

The roller coast of emotion left Bookman with compromised mental health, the suit claims.

Bookman’s ordeal wasn’t the first time a casino offered steak dinners to someone who hit a faulty slot machine for an incredible eight-figure sum.

In 2014, a woman hit a slot machine at an Indiana casino for $29 million thanks to a software glitch. Her and her boyfriend were offered steaks to make up for it.

In a similar case the following year, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that a grandmother wasn’t entitled to $41.8 million won thanks to a slot machine malfunction. The woman reportedly received just $1.85 for the tainted spin. There weren’t any steak dinners from that incident.

Tags: Slot Machine,   New York,   Lawsuit


Mr. Honest
7 months ago

Pay the girl her money. She beat you straight up.