By Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III
Can we be honest and say that playing the lottery is a gamble? That’s right; investing your money with the hopes of winning, you’re in essence taking a risk. Some people are lucky that they win and others are not quite so lucky. That’s why gambling is a risk and those who choose to do it should understand its implications.
Now, those who play and win big should feel all of the emotions that come with the win. Feelings of happiness, joy, and excitement. Under no circumstances should they be told their winnings are not justified because of a glitch. Let’s face it – the one playing cannot be responsible for something they had no knowledge about.
Case in point – In August, Katrina Bookman of Queens, New York hit the jackpot in winning $43 million dollars. This should be a reason for joy. However, when she went to cash the printed ticket, she was told the machine made a mistake and because of the glitch, she was offered a free steak dinner and $2.25.
Bookman, a mother of four, turned down the dinner and the $2.25 reimbursement and has filed a lawsuit against the Resorts World Casino.
The Daily Mail reports, “Bookman’s lawsuit claims that the Queens casino was ‘negligent’ because it hadn’t properly maintained its machines and states that Bookman suffered ‘mental anguish’ and a financial setback because she ‘lost the chance and/or opportunity to win.’ She is seeking at least $43million — the same amount she was supposed to have won — in damages.
Bookman’s attorney Alan Ripka has been trying to get information from the casino about the reason the machine malfunctioned, but the casino has not provided any reasoning.
A spokesperson from the casino says the maximum payout from the machine is $6500.
The machine has been pulled from the floor. “It was also noted that all machines have a stamp on them that reads: ‘Malfunctions void all pays and plays.’
In October, Ripka told WABC that he thought the casino should at least give Bookman the maximum payout, since ‘The machine takes your money when you lose. It ought to pay it when you win.’”
Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III is a speaker, author, and success coach. Contact him at www.sinclairgrey.org email@example.com or on Twitter @drsinclairgrey.org