Category: Entertainment & Nightlife, Panorama
Posted: May 20, 2010 10:14 AM
Back in March, you may recall, there was good reason to question whether you could ever trust a casino again. Louise Chavez, a caregiver who makes just $12,000 a year, thought fortune smiled widely upon her
at the Fortune Valley Hotel & Casino in Central City after she hit a $43 million jackpot on her birthday. But the casino soon reneged on the payout, claiming the machine had malfunctioned.
As a consolation, Chavez got a free room for a night, some food, and about $20, which she put into the machine. The Colorado Division of Gaming says Chavez, of Thornton, got about what she deserved. She should have collected $20.18 instead of the jackpot, according to The Associated Press
. The "Price is Right" penny slot machine wrongly registered a jackpot after Chavez bet 40 cents.
Regulators have concluded that an incorrect payout occurred because of errors in "mathematical calculations built into the game software," reports The Denver Post
. The top possible jackpot on the machine was $251,183.16. But to be eligible for that, Chavez would have had to wager $4.
Fortune Valley previously paid Chavez $23.43, including $10.25 in credits she hadn't played. Regulators have ordered the slot machine manufacturer and operator of the jackpot system, WMS Gaming, to pay Chavez $7.