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Katrina Bookman was all smiles in late August when the Sphinx slot machine at Resorts World Casino scrolled to reveal a jackpot to the tune of $42.9 million dollars. Little did she know, her big payout at the New York casino would be denied, WABC reports.

After she won, Bookman told the outlet she was flanked by several customers and security personnel. A guard escorted her off the floor, telling her to come back the next day.

“So what did I win?” she asked the guard. “You didn’t win nothing,” the guard responded, Bookman told the television news outlet.

She told WABC her only take home from the casino was a steak dinner offer. Resorts World told Bookman a malfunction caused the machine to falsely reveal the million dollar win.

According to WABC, the New York State Gaming Commission corroborated the casino’s malfunction claim. The commission says she is only entitled to $2.25.

Bookman and her lawyer, Alan Ripka, believe the resort’s claim is bogus and demand the maximum amount allowed for the Sphinx machine, which is $6,500.

“The machine takes your money when you lose. It ought to pay it when you win,” Ripka stated.

The casino has since pulled the machine from the floor, repaired it, and placed it back for play, WABC reports.

Bookman told WABC she had plans to buy her son a barbershop and donate funds to her community. She’s beat out tremendous odds as a survivor of foster care and homelessness to raise four kids by herself.

As of now, Bookman said she plans to sue the casino: “I feel I should win the max and I will treat him to a steak dinner.”



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