Casino Refuses to Pay Jackpot Winner!
October 26, 2007 4:34pm CST
It seems that a man was playing the slots at the Sandia Resort and Casino in New Mexico last August when he hit a jackpot for more than $1 million dollars. You can well imagine how excited he was. He was being congratulated all around and everything was good. A short time later he was summoned into an office for a "conference." It turns out that the operators of the Indian casino flat-out told him that they would not honor his winnings because there was a computer error. They explained that the slot could not pay out more than $2,500. The man was outraged(as I would have been). He is trying to fight the decision made by the casino operators and claims he was intimidated during the conference. This story which I read on ABC News.com adds that casinos ran by Indians often operate out of the bounds of the normal law. I think this means that the law cannot touch them if they refuse to pay him. He said he was given $375 and a few free meals. I don't think he should have accepted anything until this case was settled.
26 Oct 07
If he won, he has the right to claim the prize. It's not his problem that they had a problem with the computer, that's the Casino problem. I think he shouldn't have accepted a thing from them because now the Casino is going to say he accepted their offer. Even knowing he should receive the prize, I don't think he will receive it. Casinos have power and they will use that power and their money to stop that man from receiving it.
• United States
29 Oct 07
I would not have taken anything. I do believe they are under different rules, but would have really had someone check into it. It looks like that if the slot pays $2500, that is what he would have gotten anyway. It is a far cry from 1 million, but $375 would have been just a slap in the face.