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One woman began visualizing what she was going to do with her new found fortune, until she was told that she what she thought she won, was an error. Katrina Bookman, of Queens, NY, took a selfie in front of the slot machine that visibly showed her winnings of over $42 million dollars. For a moment, it all felt like a dream. The excitement she felt thinking of the better life that she now was going to be able to provide for her kids with that money was short lived. Being a single mother of 4 kids isn’t easy for her, so on that August night, she kept picturing the new barbershop that she was going to buy for her son and all of the charitable works she was going to do for her community.
She was soon surrounded by a crowd of customers, casino personnel, and security officials at Resort World Casino, who had later told her to come back that next day where they’d reveal how much money she’d walk away with.
When she returned that very next day, she was told that she didn’t win anything. Her mouth dropped in shock as a fuel of anger ignited through her veins when she was offered her a free steak dinner instead.
She tried to reason with them on why she believed that she should’ve at least been given the maximum payout of $6,500 that the Sphinx machine allowed, as stated on http://abc7ny.com/.
They wouldn’t budge, their decision was final.
According to http://abc7ny.com/, the Queens resident had sought out an attorney (named Alan Ripka), who in a statement said “They win and the house doesn’t want to pay out. To me that’s unfair.”
He continued by saying that “the machine takes your money when you lose. It ought to pay it when you win,” via the same source.
Standing firmly by their decision, the casino personnel stated that the state gaming commission told them that Katrina’s machine was malfunctioned, and cited that by law “malfunctions void all pays and plays.”
Following that incident, the Sphinx machine was pulled from the floor and was placed back in its spot after it was fixed.
Rejecting their bogus offer, Bookman said that if she would’ve treated the casino personnel with a steak meal if she had been given the $6,500.
So instead of walking out as a millionaire, she walked out of the casino with just $2.25 in her pocket and now plans on suing the casino for refusing to give her money that she believe should’ve been hers.