Grandmother, 90, is told her $41.8m casino jackpot is worth just $1.85


A 90-year-old grandmother from the US has been denied a £27.6m casino payout after losing a court case.

Pauline McKee, of Antioch Illinois, thought she had won the money on the Miss Kitty video penny slot machine at the Isle Hotel Casino in Waterloo, Iowa in 2011.

She won 185 credits worth $1.85 but a video message appeared, saying she had also won a bonus worth $41.8m.

The casino told McKee, who has 13 grandchildren, that the award was a computer glitch.

She sued the casino but her case was finally rejected by the Iowa Supreme Court this week.

McKee told the Chicago Tribune: “I had my doubts from the start, because that’s a lot of money for a penny machine.

“I was hoping to help my children out financially, but it wasn’t meant to be.”

At the time of the dispute, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission (IRGC) secured the machine and carried out an investigation, sending the hardware and software to an independent testing laboratory.

The investigators found that the software was programmed to allow a bonus of up to $10,000, but they couldn’t work how the multi-million bonus message had occurred.

The machine’s maker, Aristocrat Technologies, said it had been aware of this type of error in the display and suggested “component degradation over time may increase the susceptibility to this rare occurrence”.


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