“An, OH MY Gambling Moment” Sorry grandma!

Sorry grandma! That $42 million slot machine jackpot was a computer glitch!!

WHAT?   And that is why I don’t gamble anymore! It would most likely happen to me and look what it got GRANDMA?

LOL. LOL.  SORRY, I couldn’t resist sharing this story!

Courtesy Of: MSN.COM .  .  .  .


Credit to: Marcin Wichary

“The reels have rolled your way! Bonus Award – $41797550.16.”

That’s what the Miss Kitty penny slot machine told 87-year-old Illinois grandmother Pauline McKee who was in Iowa during a family reunion in 2011. McKee and daughter thought they hit the big time—a $41.8 million payday. The two quickly demanded the mega payout from the Isle Hotel Casino in Waterloo.

But the casino refused to pay, concluding it was a computer glitch and that a sign on the game says “MALFUNCTION VOIDS ALL PAYS AND PLAYS.” She sued, and took her case all the way to the Iowa Supreme Court. The state’s high court sided with the casino Friday, ruling that the woman’s heart-pounding payout was worth just $1.85.

The seven-member high court unanimously ruled that the user-agreement, available on the touch screen, said the maximum payout was $10,000 and that “bonus” awards were not allowed.

As the saying goes in legal jargon—a contract is a contract—the court ruled.

“Any message appearing on the screen indicating the patron would receive a $41 million bonus was a gratuitous promise and the casino’s failure to pay it could not be challenged as a breach of contract,” Justice Edward Mansfield wrote for the court.

The court added: “McKee did not read the rules of the game or look at the pay-table before playing the Miss Kitty game.”

The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission sent the machine—built by Aristocrat Technologies—for a forensics examination, which concluded a computer glitch was responsible for the faulty notice of a jackpot.

Adding insult to McKee’s injury, Aristocrat Technologies in 2010 issued a bulletin to casinos that it had detected the “bonus” glitch as a “rare occurrence,” and that casinos should disable that part of the system “as a preventative action.” The casino did not do that.

Again,. . . . OH MY! Recovery Funny of the day.
Author & Recovery Advocate, Catherine Lyon 🙂

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9 thoughts on ““An, OH MY Gambling Moment” Sorry grandma!

  1. I am definitely going to spend some time going through your blog. I haven’t been home most of the day today. Congratulations on being in Recovery for 8 1/2 years!

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      • Poor Grandma! Think of the money she used taking that to court! $1.85? I wonder where that figure came from? Anyone think she learned a lesson here? Such as “Read the Rules” first? I don’t think anyone reads them. Especially since it was a regular casino. Poor Grandma! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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      • Hi Cheryl,
        Well most people don’t read the rules as you said, I think they just see the WIN MILLIONS! LOL.
        You do have to feel bad for ole granny though. Sadly, out of the 16+ million current problem gamblers in
        just the US alone, 1/2 are now Seniors, and most women. Thanks for visiting! 🙂

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      • Wow! That is very sad statistics. Most seniors live on a fixed income. How can they afford to even be able to have a Gambling addiction? I guess the thought process is “I will win it big this time”! When they don’t, they think the same thing, becomes a habit. What happens when they run out of money? 16+ Million people have a Gambling addiction? I never knew that. How do you overcome that addiction? I have known people with other addictions, such as drugs, alcohol. Some are still addicted. Usually they end up in Jail or prison and that helps for awhile. Unfortunately, some end up dead. But, if the Gambling is legal in their state, how do they beat the addiction? You really blew my mind with those statistics 😦

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      • It’s what I try to do here Cheryl, share hope to those who are stuck on the “cycle” of that cunning addiction. And it is the cycle we need in recovery
        to learn to break. Through treatment, in recovery, and support & maintenance anyone can beat Compulsive Gambling Addiction. I also try to inform, educate, and share recovery resources for those who maybe problem gamblers, people who come to just learn more, and share about my current book out, which is my haunting nightmare of gambling addiction, recovery, and some of the “why” I used it to escape and not feel my past childhood pains.

        I hope it helps raise awareness and share some compassion. It helps to break down the STIGMA around those if us who are recovering, may suffer mental illness, and past childhood trauma like I did. I used a variety of things to recover. Not just a 12-Step Program. I feel, the more the better success you will have to reach recovery. My next book is just about done, it will be more about and help others reach that elusive 1st year in recovery. 🙂

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