An unemployed mother of four thought she’d made it big playing slots at the Resorts World Casino near LaGuardia Airport in late August.

Who could blame her?

The machine Katrina Bookman was playing spat out an image saying she’d just won 42 million dollars.

From Eyewitness News NY
From Eyewitness News NY

But there was a problem.  When she came back the next day to collect her winnings, instead of the cash she was offered a steak dinner.

The New York State Gaming Commission told Bookman she was not entitled to any winnings because the machine, which is only supposed to pay out a maximum win of $6,500, was malfunctioning.

All the machines are labeled with a disclaimer reading, “Malfunctions void all pays and plays.” According to the gaming commission, her actual winnings were just $2.25.

The state commission said the machine was removed for repairs after the incident  and then returned to the casino floor.

Bookman contacted an attorney, Alan Ripka, who says she should at least be entitled to the machine’s maximum pay out of $6,500.

“The machine takes your money when you lose. It ought to pay it when you win,” Ripka told WABC.


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