Woman 'sues casino after being offered steak dinner instead of £35650000 winnings'
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 18, 2017,
Jun 18, 2017, 18:12
The woman who thought she won a almost $43 million prize from a slot machine at Resorts World Casino in Queens, New York a year ago has sued the casino after they told her the machine malfunctioned and denied her the money.
Katrina Bookman in August posed for a selfie at New York's Resorts World Casino in front of the "Sphinx Slot Machine", its screen promising her a grand prize of $42,949,672.76.
A slot machine told her she hit a massive jackpot, but the casino claimed it was a machine error and offered her a meal on the house.
But lawyer Alan Ripka told U.S. media at the time that the casino had not responded to requests for an explanation about how the slot machine malfunctioned.
Ripka also said he's asked Resorts World Casino to explain how the machine malfunctioned, but the company did not offer him anything.
"She feels like the big guy is taking advantage of the little guy", said Bookman's attorney, Alan Ripka, in an interview with The Star.
The woman declined their offer and threatened to sue if they refused to pay her her winnings. So on Wednesday, he filed a lawsuit in Queens County Supreme Court. Moreover, Bookman alleges the entire experience has caused her "mental anguish", according to the complaint.
Katrina Bookman claims she suffered anxiety and embarrassment after she was duped into thinking she had won a $43 million jackpot. Ripka said. "And if so, does that mean that people that played there before (Bookman) had zero chance of winning?".
She immediately cashed out, claiming her hefty prize.
Adding to the fissure, the state Gaming Commission also dismissed the win as the machine displays a sign stating 'Malfunctions void all pays and plays'.
The amount allegedly won would have been the largest ever won on a gaming machine in the US.
According to Chicago Tribune, in 2011, Pauline McKee's slot machine also showed she won a $41 million bonus.