Casino Refuses to Pay $1M Jackpot



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It's been said a zillion times that playing a slot machine falls under the "game of chance" category. I disagree. Flipping a coin is a game of chance; but playing slots is falling for a scam - same way as putting money down on three card monte. Slot machines are not designed to produce winners. They are made to make it seem that it is possible to win, but the only way to win with slots is to own them and let other sucker put their retirement savings into them.

This video clip is a report about a casino that refused to pay a large jackpot. A similar story was covered by ABC news in Man Sues Casino Over $1.6M "Erroneous" Jackpot. However, all cases are not the same, and this case may be a bit more favorable for the gambler. The reason is because, unlike in the other story, this slot machine was connected to a progressive jackpot display so it is more likely that the jackpot was legitimate.

The news report shows a surveillance video of the progressive jackpot display showing the sum of $835.06, which is contradicting the sum of $1,000,000.82 seen on a photograph of the slot machine. The casino claims that the machine malfunctioned and the number displayed on the actual slot machine was wrong. One may ask, how do they know this is the number that was wrong? Isn't it also possible that the number on the progressive jackpot display was wrong? Not to mention that we don't really know when the surveillance video that shows the progressive jackpot display was recorded. Was it before she hit the jackpot? Or was it a few hours after the machine "paid" the jackpot?

In a later segment, in this report, you can see a casino official in the process of covering the machine with a black bag. The time/date signature is missing and the progressive jackpot display is cropped, but it still appears that the progressive jackpot display reads $835.06. One would assume that they decided to cover the machine after it won the monster jackpot. If the display read $835.06 at that time (i.e. after a big payout) wouldn't that mean that jackpot must have been a sum higher than $835.06 before the last progressive jackpot was paid? Of course, it is also possible that the progressive display was stuck at that number before and after the player hit the jackpot. But, assuming that is so, what does that mean? Does it mean that the display was also not adding up numbers and was stuck showing $835.06 while the internal computer memory knew the actual jackpot was $1M? I have the feeling we'll never know for sure.