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$11 million slot jackpot a malfunction, casino says

Jun 4, 2010, 2:34 pm

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CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo. — MaryAnn and Jim McMahon thought their money troubles were over when they hit an $11 million jackpot at a Cripple Creek, Colorado, casino Tuesday. It turns out they were wrong.

The Wildwood Casino blamed a slot machine malfunction for the $11 million jackpot.

The machine was turned over to the Colorado Gaming Division for inspection.

A spokesperson says their initial investigation shows the McMahon's didn't really win the $11 million prize on June 1.

Gaming spokesperson Don Burmania said the machine failed to "reset" after the McMahon's won the $1627.82 prize.

"They actually won $1627.82," said Burmania, "The $11 million was what we call a 'reset value." It's what the jackpot would have been after the prize was claimed."

It's the second time in three months a Colorado slot machine has made a multi-million dollar mistake. In March, a machine malfunction was blamed for a $42 million dollar jackpot.

"These things rarely occur, but when it rains it pours," Burmania said.

Still, the McMahon's feel they deserve the jackpot, and are feeling some mistrust with the gaming industry.

"If you do hit a jackpot are they going to come up with another story? It's a malfunction? It's not right," Jim McMahon said.


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RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
United States
Member #9
March 24, 2001
20272 Posts

I wonder if winning a large sum of money can be a mistake if losing a large sum of money can be a mistake too?  And if it can, do they investigate when players have such loses?

 * you don't need to buy every combination, just the winning ones * 

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    time*treat's avatar - radar

    United States
    Member #13130
    March 30, 2005
    2171 Posts

    I wonder if winning a large sum of money can be a mistake if losing a large sum of money can be a mistake too?  And if it can, do they investigate when players have such loses?

    Somehow, all the losses are always legit. Dead

    In neo-conned Amerika, bank robs you.
    Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms should be the name of a convenience store, not a govnoment agency.

      diamondpalace's avatar - Untitled 2.jpg

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      Member #60282
      April 12, 2008
      3857 Posts

      If this is not greed I don't know what is.

        eddessaknight's avatar - nw paladin.jpg
        LAS VEGAS
        United States
        Member #47728
        November 22, 2006
        7614 Posts

        If this is not greed I don't know what is.

        I Agree!

        All one has to do is check & see how many winner's malfunctions are reported regularly.....

        Isn't it odd that there are no malfunctions on player losses???

        No exactly a fair game, is it?

        'When you own the roulette wheel, ts no longer a even chance game '
        -Damon Runyon


        Sun SmileyEddessaKnight

          Chesapeake, VA.
          United States
          Member #67003
          November 13, 2008
          61 Posts

          I hope they sue this greedy as* casino for all their worth. This is BS!

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            Bearflag Republic, Los Angeles Division
            United States
            Member #83347
            December 5, 2009
            1465 Posts

            I hope they sue this greedy as* casino for all their worth. This is BS!

            I was wondering how many people had that opinion. It seemed to me at first glance that the casino just didn't want to pay them!

            Today's winning 3-ball is going to be a number between 000 and 999.

            In a lot of states, lotteries benefit education. That makes the REAL winners the only people who can't play!

              Ga $'s avatar - Lottery-062.jpg
              United States
              Member #91687
              May 23, 2010
              158 Posts

              Funny that the machine only "malfunctions" after a big jackpot win. Give me a break!BS

              I Play Cash 3 to Win!Party

                HaveABall's avatar - rocket

                United States
                Member #72446
                March 18, 2009
                1391 Posts

                The interview and article didn't indicate if Mr. and Mrs. McMahon had looked at the potential jackpot display when they originally walked up to the slot machine to begin playing.  Shifty

                If slot machine had indicated $1,627 or so jackpot, then this couple shouldn't be hiring a lawyer to insist on receiving $11 Million.  If, however the machine didn't show a jackpot and it is common for a similar slot machine to payout $11 Million, then this couple probably should hire a lawyer to attempt to receive the last amount of a jackpot win shown on the screen, which was $11 Million.

                Having several millions of dollars in my financial accounts means receiving several valuable services each day!


                  TheGameGrl's avatar - Lottery-012.jpg
                  A long and winding road
                  United States
                  Member #17083
                  June 10, 2005
                  6639 Posts

                  A vast amount of casinos carry the clause involving malfunctions . Its their legal notification that they hold the rules and can implement it at any time.

                  True story- Our area has a casino that is notorious during storms to have what is called a brownout (low voltage level not an entire blackout). When that happens and you are playing a game, no matter what amount you had in the machine, its gone and reset to new player status, Now imagine you were on a winning streak and lost it all due to a power outage. Guess what, the casino considers it a "malfunction" and you get the grand prize of Gee sorry bout your luck from the attendees. I witnessed this first hand as I sat by a player that placed their voucher of 600.00 in a machine and the brownout phased out the screen and when it reset during power up the money was at zero...This person was livid . And rightly so...but lets face it, always expect when you put money in it risks being lost just as quick as it can be gained. Even if the attendent opened and saw the time stamp of when the voucher went in and the time the brownout happened the casino holds the rights....

                  This couple will undoubted lose their case and personally its a huge tarnishment to the casino  industry .

                  Count your smiles.

                    dr65's avatar - black panther.jpg
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                    May 2, 2009
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                      joker831's avatar - Trek COMBADG3.gif
                      Tucson, Arizona
                      United States
                      Member #63402
                      July 27, 2008
                      102 Posts

                      This is SO typical of a casino just not wanting to pay out.  I have seen it happen in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Reno, a lot of other places too.  "These things rarely occur, blah, blah, blah."  Yeah.......... right.

                      The possibilites are endless.... might as well start at the begining

                        TheOtherOne's avatar - Lottery-027.jpg
                        Nashville, TN
                        United States
                        Member #86736
                        February 9, 2010
                        511 Posts

                        I am so done with casinos pulling this crap.

                        Worst part is, they will get away with it (the casino)

                        Maybe the best thing to do in these situations is to settle for half.

                        i think i would take it!

                          ThatScaryChick's avatar - giphy11resized
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                          Member #56504
                          November 21, 2007
                          7861 Posts

                          Funny that the machine only "malfunctions" after a big jackpot win. Give me a break!BS

                          I know, right? No Nod

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                            joshuacloak's avatar - mask

                            United States
                            Member #32536
                            February 12, 2006
                            711 Posts

                            these malfunctions are bull

                            casino's do it and so does the sunshine state lotto


                            oops sorry, your winning ticket was a mis print


                            can we freaking get honest to god gambleing companys that treat us with respect, if they f'ed up, they pay up


                            only games we can play and not get Beeped over it seems,  is Powerball and mega millions in states with rng lotto draws


                            ever ever form of lotto,instant game misprints, rng lotto draw errors"tn", casinos slot malfunctions,

                            hell am sick of it,  they don't deserve our business ,

                            we put our full faith and trust in them when we hand over our money to play their games of chance

                            and they spit in our faces  ever chance they can get, by screwing us over when they made a mistake