It looks like they have quite the strong defense ready. She might just come out of this lawsuit a multi-millionaire! The nerve of them…a “steak dinner.”
QUEENS, NEW YORK — If you recall, Katrina Bookman shared with the world the moment she thought her life had changed forever.
In August 2016, she posted a selfie at New York Resort Casino — and in the background, it showed her winnings from a Sphinx Slot Machine…$42,949,672.76.
But did she receive her winnings? Nope.
The casino staff offered her a steak dinner, minus the cash winnings.
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They said her machine “obviously malfunctioned.”
According to MSN, a disclaimer on the machine supposedly read, “Malfunctions void all pays and plays.” The source mentions that one staffer noted that the machine’s max payout was only supposed to be $6,500.
And they did not give her the winnings.
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Fast-forward to today though…
Bookman is getting ready to come for it all. MSN reports that records indicate she filed a formal lawsuit against the casino at Queens County Supreme Court, on Wednesday, June 14.
CNN Money reports that she has hired attorney Alan Ripka to represent her case.
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And, they’re not just going after the casino. The source notes as follows.
“The complaint also names video lottery operator Genting New York LLC — which is Resorts World Casino’s parent company — and slot machine maker International Game Technology as defendants.”
Bookman is suing these companies for “alleged common-law negligence, breach of contract and negligent representation,” notes MSN.
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“You can’t claim a machine is broken because you want it to be broken,” Ripka expresses.
“Does that mean it wasn’t inspected? Does it mean it wasn’t maintained? And if so, does that mean that people that played there before [Bookman] had zero chance of winning?”
All in all, the source says the entire situation has caused Bookman “mental anguish,” as well as a financial setback in her life.
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