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Woman who won $43 million was offered a steak dinner instead of her winnings by casino
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Woman who won $43 million was offered a steak dinner instead of her winnings by casino

After winning what should have been the biggest slot machine win ever, Katrina Bookman was offered an unappealing alternative prize.

Whilst most of us dream of winning big at a casino, the reality sadly isn’t always as exciting.

Having played various machines at the Resorts World Casino in Queens, Katrina Bookman thought she was about to leave with a $42,949,672 million prize.

However, the gambler was left feeling a little cheated after being offered an alternative prize of a steak dinner. Find out why below:

Understandably, Bookman was in utter shock after scooping what could have been the biggest slot machine jackpot in US history.

Knowing that no one would believe her, she took a selfie with the machine and the life-changing sum.

Still numb from shock, she was told to come back the next day to collect her winnings only to be later informed that she hadn’t won anything by a casino employee.

The New York State Gaming Commission said Bookman’s machine had malfunctioned, and that she'd actually won just $2.25 (£1.86).

The machine had a disclaimer stating 'malfunctions void all pays and plays', and as a result, the commission said that they were required by law to give Bookman only what she'd actually won.

Bookman celebrated her win with a selfie.

As a gesture of goodwill, the casino offered Bookman a complimentary steak dinner - though that's hardly something to cheer about when you think you've won enough money to eat steak for the rest of your life.

A spokesperson for Resorts World, Dan Bank, told CNN: “Upon being notified of the situation, casino personnel were able to determine that the figure displayed on the penny slot was the result of an obvious malfunction – a fact later confirmed by the New York State Gaming Commission.

“After explaining the circumstances to Ms. Bookman, we offered to pay her the correct amount that was shown on the printed ticket.

"Machine malfunctions are rare, and we would like to extend our apologies to Ms. Bookman for any inconvenience this may have caused.”

The casino said they couldn't give Bookman her winnings.

The year after she'd thought she'd won, Bookman's lawyer filed a lawsuit and described the casino's claims as 'ridiculous'.

"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?" Ripka told CNN at the time.

"And if so, does that mean that people that played there before [Bookman] had zero chance of winning?"

The case was ultimately settled out of court.

After realising she'd only be walking away with a couple of dollars, Bookman, who grew up in foster care and raised four children as a single mother, commented: "All I could think about was my family."

Topics: US News, New York, Money