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Social Security Mixup Costs Maryland Woman Slot Jackpot

Maryland Woman's Winnings Get Confiscated After Typo Leads To Mistaken Identity


A clerical error cost a Maryland woman the payout of a slot machine jackpot that she hit last week at MGM National Harbor.

Cynthia Obie won thousands on a slot machine at the Washington D.C.-area casino. While she wouldn’t disclose the exact amount, it was a big enough sum that prompted the casino to take down her personal information before handing over the cash she was owed.

Obie handed over her ID and her Social Security number to the employee in charge of paying out the jackpot. The employee made a small mistake taking down the information and was off by one number on her Social Security number.

That one number made all the difference.

It turns out, the wrong social security number actually belonged to an actual person who was on the hook for a ton of unpaid child support. As a result, the player was flagged, the state immediately confiscated the jackpot, and Obie was forced to leave the casino without any of the winnings she was entitled to.

“I’m like, no. All of my daughters are grown. I’ve never paid child support. I’m like, this can’t be right,” Obie told reporters of FOX 5 DC.

For her trouble, the casino gave Obie $200 in free play, a couple of drink vouchers, and instructions on how to clear up the mistake with the state.

In the week since the incident took place, Obie has yet to make any progress with the state’s Human Service Agency. MGM National Harbor claims that since the state already confiscated the money, there is nothing they can do but wait for the Maryland Gaming Commission to act.

“We are aware of this unfortunate error and have taken the necessary steps to assist Ms. Obie in rectifying this issue," said a casino spokesperson in a statement. "Due to MLGCA rules and Maryland State Law, we cannot provide an additional payout for this jackpot, however, if she presents the proper identification credentials to the Maryland Gaming Commission, they will provide her with the appropriate payout. We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused Ms. Obie.”