A Queens woman who won a $43 million jackpot from a New York City casino slot machine, only for the casino to tell her the slot machine malfunctioned, is suing the gambling den after they offered a steak dinner instead of millions of dollars.
Katrina Bookman, a Queens resident, hit what she said was a huge jackpot on a "Sphinx Slot Machine" last year. However, Resorts World Officials told her that the machine was on the fritz and that the jackpot was void. Instead, the casino offered her a steak dinner as a way to try to make up for what they said was an error, bu Bookman didn't think a steak had the same taste as $43 million.
According to CNN, Resorts World's claim that the machine had displayed the jackpot number was an error was upheld by the New York State Gaming Commission, which pointed out that the machine displayed a message that said "Malfunctions void all pays and plays."
"You can't claim a machine is broken because you want it to be broken. Does that mean it wasn't inspected? Does it mean it wasn't maintained?" Bookman's attorney Alan Ripka told CNN, challenging the casino's version of events.
According to the News, Bookman is seeking a $43 million judgement against Resorts World. A spokesperson for the casino previously told the News that the Sphinx's highest payout was $6,500. In addition to claiming that she's owed the jackpot the machine displayed, Bookman claims that the denial of the jackpot left her "anxious, embarrassed and depressed" according to Courthouse News.