NEW YORK — Imagine for one minute you're told you just won a $43 million jackpot. But the next, you find out it was all a big mistake!
"I can't even describe the feeling; like my whole body just got numbed," unlucky winner Katrina Bookman said. "All I just kept thinking about is my family."
Bookman immediately thought she was going to spend millions to buy a barber shop for her son and give a lot back to her community,
But then the New York Resorts World Casino security whisked her away and told her to come back the next day.
"I said, 'So what did I win? He said, you didn't win nothing,'" Bookman said when she returned.
And casino's response: the machine malfunctioned.
"They win, and the house doesn't want to pay out," Bookman's attorney Alan Ripka said. "To me that's unfair."
The casino tried to fix the $43 million mistake by offering Bookman a steak dinner. A steak dinner?! Bookman now plans to take the casino to court, but the New York Gaming Commission says every machine has a sign that reads: "Malfunctions void all pays and plays."
"The machine takes your money when you lose. It ought to pay it when you win," Ripka said.
Ripka said his client should at least get the machine's max payout of $6,500.
"I should win the max, and I feel like I should treat him [the casino official] to a steak dinner," Bookman said.
Unfortunately, the state gaming commission said by law the only winnings Bookman is entitled to is $2.25.