Florida gambler wins slot jackpot of millions...nearly
Posted by Carl Barnett on 08 Jan 2010 at 15:01
A slot machine gambler recently had what he thought was the biggest win of his life, only to be denied by casino policy.
Bill Seebeck was playing the slots one night in Florida when the apparently life-changing event unfolded.
He saw the machine report a jackpot win of over $166 million.
Seebeck took this as the once in a lifetime event that it seemed to be, and was soon celebrating at the Seminole and Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
However, his excitement was short-lived, as the Tampa-based casino told him that the win was completely invalid.
Officials insisted the multi-million dollar win was a simple computer malfunction; the machine had effectively made a mistake.
The managers of the casino explained to Seebeck the machine had spun wildly out of control, and that this meant his win did not count.
To make everything official, managers asked him to sign away his huge win on paper, so that he was in effect denying his claim to the winnings. Her refused.
The machine itself only pays out a jackpot of just under $100,000, a significantly smaller sum than the one Seebeck believed he was getting.
Seebeck is now contesting the issue with the help of his lawyers.