Slot Machine Mistakenly Gives Winner the Wrong Amount

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A gambler mistakenly got a handsome payout at a Pennsylvania casino.

The winner should have gotten enough to buy lunch.

Instead, the player got enough to buy a new car.

Sheldon Ingram looks at what went wrong -- and how the casino is dealing with it.

12 dollars, that's all the slot machine should have paid out.

Instead, it was quite generous and paid out 25,000 dollars.

That's an increase of get this, 2,083 percent.

It's such a huge blunder, rivers casino fired a slot technician and disciplined several others.

And the matter drew the attention of the pennsylvania gaming control board.

"Since these incidents have occurred each of the slot technicians have gone through retraining to explain what the required procedures are.'
rivers says it has created a new checklist for technicians to address before slots go online.

It includes calling the gaming laboratory operations to conduct an inspection before giving authorization and someone must validate the checklist to make sure the technician covered all the required steps.

"There has to be a second verifier who's either a technician or supervisor."

As far as the winner who struck the mistaken 25, 000 dollar payout, rivers casino let the player keep the money.

"I'm not surprised they paid out, you see how much money they make here in a day, that's a drop in the bucket."

"I think they should've paid out (which is what they did) right, they did the right thing."

The casino says it expects to get a fine from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

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