Isle Casino Hotel doesn’t have to pay a $41 million slot machine jackpot


Posted on the 25th of April 2015

Isle Casino Hotel doesn’t have to pay a $41 million slot machine jackpot

In 2011, Pauline McKee, an 87 year old grandmother from Illinois bet a quarter in an Iowa slot machine. To her great surprise, the machine showed that she had won the jackpot with the bonus amount of $41,797,550.16 appearing on the screen. Upon further investigation by the casino who sent the slot machine away to a laboratory for analysis, it was found that the slot machine had given McKee a false bonus message. The casino games’ manufacturer, Aristocrat Technologies, warned casinos in 2010 that slot machines using that hardware were susceptible to showing erroneous “legacy bonus” awards to the players. Due to this fact, and the fact that there was a sign on the machine stating that “Malfunction voids all pays and plays.”, an Iowa court ruled that the Isle Casino Hotel in Waterloo did not have to pay. Furthermore, based on the symbols aligned on the Miss Kitty game, McKee had only won $1.85. As a result, a judge threw out the case before trial.

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