Court rules grandmother, 90, will receive $1.85 instead of $41M jackpot
As a 90-year-old grandmother, Pauline McKee tries to maintain a sweet disposition.
When she played a penny slot machine that told her she had won more than $41 million, the Antioch woman remained pretty calm. That was nice, she said, recalling her reaction. Very nice.
And when she learned on Friday that the Iowa Supreme Court ruled the casino does not have to pay her the big bucks, McKee took it stoically.
Instead, she won a mere $1.85 on the bet.
I had my doubts from the start, be ...
Yesterday, 10:32 am - Lottery News forum
Casinos no death knell for lotteries
Casino opponents are forecasting a doomsday for the Massachusetts State Lottery if casinos are allowed to open in the state, but their predictions are not supported by the results in other large states that have introduced casinos into mature lottery markets, according to specialists and local media analysis.
Citing a study written by a Massachusetts lawmaker in 2008, casino opponents issued a news release Oct. 8 predicting that lottery revenue would plummet by more than 20 percent, leading t ...
Oct 22, 2014, 7:36 am - Lottery News forum
Poker star Phil Ivey loses casino case in Britain
Includes video report
Imagine you go to a casino to play blackjack. You find a table, sit down and buy some chips. Gambling has few barriers to entry.
After awhile, you notice: For some reason, all of the cards higher than 9 are marked. Because of some slight imperfection in the deck, you can tell whether a card is an ace, king, queen, jack or ten before it's turned over. Because of a manufacturer's mistake, you have a huge advantage over the house. And the dealer doesn't notice.
You de ...
Oct 9, 2014, 10:02 am - Lottery News forum
NJ casino alleges famous poker player cheated in $9.6M win
An Atlantic City casino is suing a big-time gambler, claiming he won $9.6 million in a card-cheating scheme in baccarat.
The Borgata Hotel Casino Spa filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Phillip Ivey Jr., considered one of the best poker players in the world.
The suit alleges Ivey and an associate exploited a defect in cards made by a Kansas City manufacturer that enabled them to sort and arrange so-called good cards in baccarat. The technique gave him an unfair advantage on four occasi ...
Apr 11, 2014, 7:29 pm - Lottery News forum
Man wins $7.2 million playing slots in friend's memory after funeral
A Michigan man went to Mississippi for a friend's funeral last week, and came back a multimillionaire.
Tyler Morris, 73, drove with his wife to attend the funeral of his longtime friend Max Anderson, 86, on Feb. 15, and stopped by one of Anderson's favorite hangouts afterward: The Palace Casino Resort in Biloxi, Miss. He decided to play penny slots in honor of Anderson, who had often gone with Morris to the casino over the years, and always played the slots.
Morris put his money on The Lor ...
Feb 21, 2013, 10:33 am - Lottery News forum
New Jersey casino suing gamblers who won $1.5 million
Blames unshuffled decks of cards
A New Jersey casino has sued a group of gamblers who won $1.5 million after they allegedly realized the eight decks of cards used in a game of mini baccarat were not preshuffled.
The Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, N.J., filed suit against the gamblers and playing card company Gemaco after 14 players collectively won $1,536,700 in 41 winning hands.
As the same sequence of cards kept appearing April 30, the players increased their bets from $10 to $5,000, ...
Aug 22, 2012, 2:49 pm - Lottery News forum
Man to sue Austrian casino after $57 million jackpot denied
A gambler who thought he had won 37 million (US$57 million) on a slot machine has been offered a free meal and 60 (US$93) instead, after casino bosses said the jackpot was due to a software error .
Behar Merlaku, 26, played the winning machine at a casino in Bregenz, Austria.
Despite only getting four of the slot machine's five required matches, Mr. Merlaku was told he had won the massive jackpot complete with a winning bell and flashing screen.
However when he went to claim his prize, ...
Dec 14, 2011, 9:38 am - Lottery News forum
Casino says no way to $62 million slot machine payout
It seemed too good to be true a slot-machine jackpot of almost 43 million euros. And maybe it was.
Austrian state broadcaster ORF reports that Behar Merlaku is going to court over the refusal of the Bregenz casino to give him what he considers his win on March 26.
Casino officials do not dispute that the gaming machine showed a payout of nearly 43 million euros almost US$62 million. But they say that a malfunctioning computer chip was responsible for what they say was the faulty display.
Aug 16, 2011, 9:49 pm - Lottery News forum
N.J. casino loses more than $11M to two gamblers
They say the house always wins. But for one Atlantic City casino, that doesn't seem to have been the case lately.
In April, a blackjack player raked in $5.8 million at the Tropicana Casino and Resort. Then last week, a different man took home $5.3 million after his own amazing run of luck at the Tropicana.
The Tropicana may have been the author of its own misfortune. It's deliberately put an emphasis on high-stakes games, under the theory that it'll come out a winner in the end. And casino ...
Jun 9, 2011, 3:26 pm - Lottery News forum
Blackjack player legitimately beats casinos for millions
He took Caesars for more than $4 million, burned Borgata for about $5 million and then topped it off by beating Tropicana out of $5.8 million.
For Don Johnson, it was an incredible streak of good luck at the Atlantic City blackjack tables.
I'll take luck over any other skill, Johnson said, laughing. There's no magic to this. Eventually, someone would whack them. I'm just glad it was me.
Johnson, 49, of Bensalem, Pa., is the chief executive officer of Heritage Development LLC, a Wyomin ...
May 26, 2011, 5:53 pm - Lottery News forum