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Woman Wins $43 Million Jackpot At Casino, Gets Offered A Steak Dinner Instead

Katrina Bookman of New York was understandably excited when she started winning money on a penny slot machine at Resorts World Casino in Queens. And when the mother-of-four's machine suddenly said that she'd won $42.9 million, her "whole body just got numb" and she decided to take a selfie. 

She was quickly surrounded by fellow gamblers and casino security, who told her to print off the receipt and come back the next day.   

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Bookman had already made plans on how to spend the money, wanting to buy a barber shop for her son and earmarking some to help out her local community. 

 But the euphoria was short-lived, and Bookman was told when she returned that the machine had malfunctioned, and was offered a free steak dinner instead.  

Bookman explained that when she went back to the casino to pick up her winnings an employee told her: “You win nothing.”  

According to the member of staff, Bookman had actually won just $2.25 and the casino says the faulty machine was immediately taken out or service.The machine at the casino also had a disclaimer which said: “Malfunctions void all pays and plays.”The single mother, who grew up in a foster home, says she was heartbroken:

“All I could think about was my family… the struggle I’ve been through, it’s hard to cope.”

 A spokesperson for the casino told CNN:

“Upon being notified of the situation, casino personnel were able to determine that the figure displayed on the penny slot was the result of an obvious malfunction – a fact later confirmed by the New York Gaming Commission.”

 Bookman's lawyer, Alan Ripka, says that Bookman should, at the very least, win the maximum allowed on the machine - $6,500.

"The machine takes your money when you lose. It ought to pay it when you win."
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