Russian slot machine hackers add new targets, group told
Hackers breaking random number generators demonstrates how lottery industry's reliance upon computerized drawings is bad idea
An international syndicate of Russian hackers that cashed out millions from slots in U.S. casinos over the years is focusing its efforts on South America and Europe after busts in Missouri and Singapore.
The Russian syndicate most recently struck in Peru, a security consultant to slot-makers told a group of U.S. regulators at a Las Vegas conference Thursday at the L ...
Mar 21, 2017, 8:19 am - Lottery News forum
Woman denied $43 million jackpot, offered steak dinner instead
It was a selfie she thought was worth nearly $43 million.
Katrina Bookman hit the jackpot on a slot machine in late August at Resorts World Casino in Jamaica, Queens. She even took an excited self-portrait with the machine displaying her winnings: $42,949,672. It would have been the largest slot machine jackpot in US history.
I can't even describe the feeling. It's like my whole body just got numb, Bookman said.
But when she came back the next day to find out the exact size of her jack ...
Nov 3, 2016, 12:53 pm - Lottery News forum
Man to donate $14 million casino jackpot to church
By Todd Northrop
A Las Vegas man who put $20 into a slot machine hit a jackpot Sunday afternoon worth $14 million, and he's donating it all to his church.
The man, who has chosen to remain anonymous, said he's not a regular gambler and he was just playing the slot machines at Rampart Casino with a friend when he won the massive prize.
Although the winner did not publicly disclose his name, he did pose for a photo holding a giant check. The check for $14,282,544.21 was made out to Rampar ...
Dec 2, 2014, 5:39 pm - Lottery News forum
Slot machine saves German gambler as police arrive
Police said Thursday that two officers carrying out routine checks at an arcade in the western city of Bochum, Germany, late last week discovered that a man playing a slot machine faced an arrest warrant.
He had been ordered to pay a 710 (US$910) fine or go to prison for 71 days after resisting police during a previous incident.
Police say that as officers informed the man that he faced arrest, the slot machine started to flash and the beaming 37-year-old won a jackpot of 1,000 (about US$1 ...
Sep 29, 2014, 7:08 am - Lottery News forum
Indiana woman claims Blue Chip Casino owes her $28M
Casino blames software glitch
Imagine feeling as though you are a multi-millionaire surrounded by well-wishers and then being told something must have gone haywire in the slot machine, and it was out of order.
Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City says a software glitch cause a colossal dollar amount to flash on the slot screen, just after a northwest Indiana woman sat down to play. She says it happened inside the Blue Chip on January 11, at a penny slot machine like this called China Shores. ...
Feb 10, 2014, 2:16 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
Marine credits karma for $2.9 million slots jackpot
A couple of days before he hit a jackpot of nearly $3 million, Cpl. Alexander Degenhardt learned he'd been accepted as a bone marrow donor to an anonymous patient.
They asked me if I was sure I wanted to go through with it, because it's kind of painful, but what's a little pain if it will save someone's life? the U.S. Marine said Friday. I look at this as kind of good karma for that.
Degenhardt's karma was worth more than $2.8 million, the second biggest jackpot for Bally Technologies, w ...
Feb 28, 2012, 9:57 am - 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
$11 million slot jackpot a malfunction, casino says
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 s ...
Jun 4, 2010, 2:34 pm - Lottery News forum