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Old 10-29-2007, 07:29 AM   #1
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Jackpot or Mistake? Man Sues Over $1.6M 'Jackpot'

http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/Story?id=3772215&page=1

New Mexico Indian Casino Says Slot Machine Malfunctioned; Refuses to Pay

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For about an hour last August, Gary Hoffman was a very lucky man.

Hoffman was playing the nickel slot machines at the Sandia Resort and Casino on an Indian reservation in New Mexico when he appeared to hit the jackpot: the machine said he won nearly $1.6 million.

"I became ecstatic," he said.

But the ecstasy was short-lived. Hoffman says in a lawsuit filed earlier this year that Sandia refused to pay, claiming that the machine malfunctioned. Instead, he said, they gave him about $385 and a few free meals at the casino.
If this was you, what would you do? Would you except the casino excuse that it was a malfunction and they wouldn't pay?
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Old 10-29-2007, 07:39 AM   #2
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It sure does sound like the casinos could use that as a "convenient" excuse everytime they don't feel like paying someone's jackpot. They should pay the guy they certainly can afford it!
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I agree. The casino is in charge of maintaining the machines. If the machine malfunctioned, it is the casino's fault, not the patron's.
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I would be so pissed if that happened to me.
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I would be so pissed if that happened to me.
Someone should saddle up a posse, go down to the casino and play cowboys and indians.
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It would be nice if he does get his money, but I've worked in a casino. There is a sign on every machine that says "Malfunctions void all winnings." It's crap, but the casino will probably win this suit. They can afford the good lawyers.
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