Woman playing slots hits $8.6M jackpot, casino gives her this much instead

What’s a zero or two (or five) between friends?

Call it a case of bettor beware: According to Portland, Ore., station KOIN, a woman hit the jackpot on a slot machine at the Lucky Eagle Casino in Rochester, Wash., last weekend. The exact amount she won was $8,589,298.89. She ended up leaving, however, with an amount that was slightly less than that. How much less?

Exactly 8,589,218.89 less.

Beaverton, Ore., resident Veronica Castillo was told by the management that the machine had malfunctioned. They gave her $80 for her trouble.

The casino’s machines have a sticker that warns that a malfunction of the machine voids all plays and payouts.

Casino CEO John Setterstrom told reporters that this has never happened before and that he is working to get answers from the manufacturer. But that’s not good enough for Castillo, who intends to take legal action against the casino.

“To me, it’s cheating, may even be fraudulent,” she told KOIN. “My first thought was, how many people has this happened to? They think they won, then going away empty-handed.”

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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