Woman Denied $43 Million Slot Jackpot. Casino Offers Steak Dinner Instead

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A New York woman thought she had hit it big at a Resorts World Casino slot machine —until she was told that the near $43 million figure displayed was a technical glitch… and was offered her a steak dinner instead of money. 

Katrina Bookman visited the Queens, New York casino in late August and started playing on one of the floor’s slot machines. According to the New York Daily News, the machine on which Bookman was playing flashed $42,949,642.76 and read “Printing cash ticket.” The excited mother-of-four thought she had won nearly $43 million and took a selfie video next to the machine.


“I couldn’t believe it,” Bookman told the Daily News. “My body went numb.”

Instead of receiving a big payout, Bookman was escorted off of the floor and told to come back to the casino the next day. 

When she returned to the casino Bookman recalled “I said what did I win? (casino rep said) You didn’t win nothing,” reports ABC. The only prize the casino offered her was a steak dinner.

Representatives from the New York State Gaming Commission (which run the Queens gaming facility) were called in to tell Bookman that the machine had malfunctioned, and she was not entitled to a payout. According to the commission and the casino, any malfunction makes the game– and any jackpot– null and void. The slot machine was pulled from the casino floor and fixed after the incident.

The machine Bookman was playing had a clear max payout of only $6,500, which was clearly advertised. 

What a bummer! This casino must have one hell of a steak dinner!


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