90-year-old grandmother Pauline Mckee will have to make do with $1.85, rather than the $41.7 million jackpot she thought she had won on a slot machine in Illinois.
The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that the local casino does not have to pay a $41.7 million jackpot to one of its customers following a slot machine malfunction.
Alternatively, 90-year-old grandmother Pauline Mckee, of Antioch, will have to be content with the $1.85 payout that the device would have granted had it been functioning correctly.
McKee was playing the skip Kitty cent video slot 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.
Once the reels came to rest, the words ‘$41,797,550 bonus honor’ flashed up on the display.
But the casino refused to pay up, pointing out that the machine had a payout that is maximum of $10,000.
Instead, she had been paid the $1.85 she had actually won from the spin, and the $18.10 in credit remaining on the machine, while the machine itself was sent away for independent technical analysis.
Tests revealed that the device’s computer had erroneously determined a bonus was had by it award.
Malfunction Voids All Pays
McKee sued for breach of consumer and contract fraud, a filing that had been dismissed in 2013 by a region court judge. This the Supreme Court upheld that ruling, noting that a sign on the machine read ‘Ma Continue lendo “90-year-old Woman rejected $41.7 Million Jackpot from ‘Malfunctioning’ Slot”