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Why a casino refuses to pay a Black woman who won $43 million jackpot


via Katrina Bookman Facebook

Katrina Bookman thought that her life had changed forever. While at the Resorts World Casino in New York, Bookman began playing the Sphinx slot machine. According to WABC, Bookman won close to $43 million.

She began taking selfies at the slot machine as she was surrounded by casino guests, staff and security. Bookman began thinking about how the winnings would help to improve her life, her family’s lives, and the community. After being escorted away from the casino with security surrounding her, she was told to come back to the casino the following day.

However, when she returned to the casino, she received bad news. Casino officials claimed that the machine had a malfunction and that they would not pay her the $43 million. The statement, “Malfunctions void all pays and plays,” is on every slot machine. In return, Bookman was only offered a steak dinner by the casino.

Bookman hired an attorney who said that the casino should at least give her the $6,500, which is the machine’s highest maximum payout. The casino said Bookman actually only won $2.25.

The casino and New York State Gaming Commission should be investigated by federal agents. If the casino doesn’t have to pay winners when slot machines malfunction, the casino should be forced to pay back the customers who put their hard-earned money into the machine. The reaction by the casino and New York State Gaming Commission could convince some people that the games in the casino are rigged and customers aren’t given legit chances to win.

After Bookman won the money, the casino allegedly decided to pull the machine and fix the problem. But Bookman believes that she deserves more for being a winner. She plans to sue the casino.


  1. ceeceebaker on November 1, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Can they prove the machine malfunction, or is it not possible for the machine to have that amount as a payout. They need to prove the machine malfunctioned.

    • Evan Stevens on November 2, 2016 at 7:23 am

      NY Gaming Commission confirmed it was a malfunction. Max payout is $6500.

  2. Sherri Etienne on November 1, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Ahem, bs!!!

  3. Alicia Lee on November 1, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Like the article said, at least give the highest payout from the machine but a stupid steak dinner, she could afford that herself. How is the machine able to state she won almost $43 million if it is only programmed to give out $6,500. Why didn’t they tell her that the night she was there when they crowded around her or before her escort out? They knew then that the machine’s payout wasn’t that much so why tell her to come back. Smh! Her name better end up on this casino with 10 generation residuals.

    • Whiteguy on December 23, 2016 at 5:08 pm

      Raciest slot machine….

  4. Metoo2 on November 1, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Now that is some real life b.s. If they gave her the 6500, I would say at least they tried. But this is a total rip off.

    • Jason on November 2, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      Don’t spend any money in this place.

    • Smarter Dias on November 3, 2016 at 12:19 pm

      For the sake of bad press alone they should have given her at least the $6500, perhaps some hotel comps (if they have a hotel) and other goodies that would not have been further out of pocket costs.

      I’m not in NYC a lot as I’d rather be in warm weather and a nicer place but I am definitely not going to that joint

    • Kevin Patrick Carey on May 1, 2017 at 7:41 am

      hey retard the machine was busted, she isn’t owed ANYTHING

  5. Thomas Fry on November 2, 2016 at 1:36 am

    What has this got to do with her being a black woman haha, white man wouldn’t be given 42.9 million from their slot machine.

  6. Evan Stevens on November 2, 2016 at 7:28 am

    What’s up with the racist headline? Why is there no mention this woman is a single mom of 4 kids? Was she using her cash allowance for casino gaming? Did she really expect to win $43M at a PENNY SLOT?!?!?! Really?!?!?!

    • DKC on November 2, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      There was no need to mention her marital status, the number of children she has, or her ethnicity. Her skin color is obvious from the picture.

      • MrsER on November 6, 2016 at 2:21 pm

        My sentiments exactly and furthermore, what cash allowance is he referring too?

        • Kevin Patrick Carey on May 1, 2017 at 7:42 am

          its called Welfare look it up

  7. Guest on November 3, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Bad business. No one should ever spend another dime in that place until they pay this woman. I can understand not giving her 42 million when the max payout is 6500 but they should at least round up and give her 10,000.

    • Kevin Patrick Carey on January 1, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      in case your a retard ill type this slowly…..T….h……e m……a…c…..h….I….n…e …….m….a…l….f…u…n…c…t….I….o..n…..ed
      Maybe your little pecan brain doesn’t understand the word MALFUNCTION! she isn’t entitled to jack shit. Her REAL win was 2.25$ you do realise (oops you probably don’t given how brain dead you sound in your post) this was a PENNY machine. She didn’t win 42 million, she didn’t win 10K, she didn’t even win the max so why in gods green earth should they have to pay anything. THat dinner was probably worth 25$ and she won 2 dollars so she alrady got a much much more than she deserved. Sense of entitlement is completely out of bounds today.

  8. bingo on November 8, 2016 at 3:00 am

    They quickly “fixed ” the malfunctioning machine. I think the FBI should investigate this.

    • Kevin Patrick Carey on January 1, 2017 at 1:23 pm

      lol it was a goddman PENNY machine. You cant win multi 10s of milions on a PENNY machine. The MAXIMUM payout PRINTED ON THE FUCKING MACHINE was $6500 dollars. OBVIOUSLY it WAS broken. LOL are you really brain dead or just wake up from a coma? the FBI isn’t going to do jack fucking shit

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  10. Carolina Sander on December 10, 2016 at 3:53 am

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  11. Kevin Patrick Carey on January 1, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    slot machines are racyiss

  12. Eva on February 23, 2017 at 2:08 am

    I think this is very horrible and pathetic behavior by that casino. I think Katrin must sue that casino as they can just refuse to give her hard-earned money back just by saying machine was malfunctioned.

  13. Kevin Patrick Carey on May 1, 2017 at 7:40 am

    yo, slot machines beez rayciss and sheeeeeit

  14. Marcus Wallace on June 17, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    So by looking at the head line. If you was white she would had got her money