90-year-old grandmother Pauline Mckee will have to create do with $1.85, instead of the $41.7 million jackpot she thought she had won on a slot machine in Illinois.
The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that the neighborhood casino does not have to pay a $41.7 million jackpot to one of its customers carrying out a slot machine malfunction.
Rather, 90-year-old grandmother Pauline Mckee, of Antioch, should be content with the $1.85 payout that the equipment might have awarded had it been functioning correctly.
McKee was playing the skip Kitty penny slot machine during the Isle Casino Hotel in Waterloo, where she was a guest during a 2011 family reunion, when she believed she’d hit the big one.
Since the reels came to rest, the words ‘$41,797,550 bonus prize’ flashed up on the display.
But the casino refused to pay up, pointing down that the machine had a payout that is maximum of $10,000.
Instead, she had been paid the $1.85 she had actually won through the spin, plus the $18.10 in credit remaining on the machine, while the device itself was sent away for independent analysis that is technical.
Tests revealed that the equipment’s computer had erroneously determined it possessed a bonus award.
McKee sued for breach of consumer and contract fraud, a filing that was dismissed in 2013 by a region court judge. This the Supreme Court upheld that ruling, noting that a sign on the mach (mais…)