Woman Denied $43M In Winnings, Offered A Steak Instead, Is Suing

Last year, Katrina Bookman was denied slot machine winnings of $43 million under claims of a "malfunction," so now she's taking the case to court.

After being denied winnings of almost $43 million because of an alleged slot machine malfunction last year, Katrina Bookman is now suing New York's World Resorts Casino for "mental anguish" and the casino being "negligent," according to Courthouse News

Last August, Katrina Bookman was playing in the casino and took a selfie when a slot machine told her it was printing a ticket for $42,949,672.76, BBC reported. But the casino begged to differ.

In addition to suing the casino, she and her lawyer, Alan Ripka, are also seeking damages from the game's manufacturers, Genting New York LLC and International Game Technology.

"You can't claim a machine is broken because you want it to be broken," Ripka told CNNMoney. "Does it mean it wasn't inspected? Does it mean it wasn't maintained? And if so, does that mean that people that played there before had zero chance of winning?"

These questions can be posed to a similar case in Iowa in 2011, in which a 90-year-old woman's slot machine displayed winnings of almost $42 million. Her ultimate prize? Just $1.85. 

Banner/thumbnail credit: Wikimedia Commons, Antoine Taveneaux 

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