Woman Wins $43 Million on Slot Machine, Casino Offers Her a Steak Dinner Instead

A woman named Katrina Bookman hit the jackpot while playing slot machines at Resorts World Casino in Jamaica, Queens. The number that appeared on her screen, $42.9 million, would have been the biggest slot machine payout in the history of American casinos. That is until the casino claimed that the machine had malfunctioned, and they owed her nothing. 

Upon seeing her winnings, Bookman took a selfie with the machine, and recounts that her "whole body got numbed." After a few minutes of chaos on the casino floor, employees walked her away from the slot machines and told her to come back the next day for a decision on her winnings. Instead of money, they offered her a steak dinner. 

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Katrina grew up in foster care and was homeless as a teenager before raising four children on her own. The money would have been more than life-changing. She says she would have used it to help her community, and buy a barbershop for her son. 

According to the casino, it is clearly displayed that malfunctions do not lead to winnings. The specific machine Katrina was playing typically only carries a max payout of $6,500. Katrina's legal council argues that at the very least she should be entitled to that much.