Woman Hits $29 Million Jackpot On Faulty Slot Machine, Casino Offers Her Two Steak Dinners
An apparent software glitch in a slot machine at Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City, Indiana awarded a woman nearly $29 million on January 11. She left empty-handed.
According to reporting from a local ABC station, Jennifer Carmin sat down at the penny slot and before she knew it, the machine was flashing a number with a lot of digits and commas.
“I was scared,” Carmin said. “I put my hands up. I didn’t know what was going on. [The floor supervisor] said ‘We don’t know how this happened, what’s going on…’ My heart, it just felt like it was pounding out of my chest. I said ’I’m a very excitable person and you are causing me stress right now. You’re kinda scaring me.’ He said, ’Don’t touch the machine! Clear the machines! We have to shut down the machines!’”
Instead of being handed any part of the $28.9 million the machine said she had won, the casino offered her and her boyfriend a couple of steak dinners.
“I mean what are two steak dinners? I don’t even like steak. I tried to explain that to them; they thought that was funny. I said I don’t think that’s funny,” Carmin said.
She reportedly is fighting for the money.
When asked if she thinks she deserves the money, she replied: “They’re always taking my money and I don’t say: ‘Umm is that computer wrong or did you overcharge me?’”
According to the report: “…Blue Chip Casino executives [said] the slot machine manufacturer has already fixed whatever software bug caused the problem. But the Indiana Gaming Commission hasn’t [yet] figured out what caused it or what should be done. The state gaming director [said] he can’t remember a claim of this magnitude by a casino patron.”
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