If there is one thing that unites dedicated slot players and novices to the machines alike, it is the desire to score a virtually impossible hit that would instantly convert them from individuals of limited-moderate resources into billionaires. When a slot machine tells you that you have won more than 8.5 million dollars, you can only imagine how happy you are. Upon waking up from the first shock, I would assume that the person who won the money is filled with a swarm of different ideas about all of the great things he or she might do with such a large amount of money running through their heads.

This is a huge, non-existent amount of money.

The unfortunate turn of events for Veronica Castillo and the Lucky Eagle Casino was that the former was under the impression that she had done so, while the latter was well aware of the fact that she had not. The fact that her photo clearly displays the required amount of credits on her Jurassic Riches machine doesn’t rule out the possibility that she had a valid cause to believe so.

Given the fact that the Jurassic Riches machine is a nickel level machine, it’s tough to believe (any Washington readers out there?) that it’s even capable of such a generous payout in the first place. Several of the jackpot winners have been announced on the Lucky Eagle website, including

The group consists of Lonnie, who received $20,684 in prize money. Walter was the winner, receiving $5305. Then there’s Nancy, who took home $80,000 in prize money. Barbara took home $20,000 and Phillip took home $48,000.

Veronica Castillo, on the other hand, did not walk away with more than 8.5 million dollars. Even while it is unknown why the casino selected this particular figure, they did send her a check in the amount of $80.00.

For anybody who has ever wondered why nearly all, if not all, slot machines include a disclaimer that reads, “Malfunction Voids All Pays and Plays,” now you know why it is so common. Not only is it unlikely that a jackpot of this magnitude would ever be hit on one of these machines, but it is also difficult to envision a 1,000-slot casino in Washington state providing anything with the potential to pay out even a fraction of that amount. It’s possible that player-banked connected progressives (if they exist) will be an exception to this.

This does, however, raise an intriguing question: what is the most acceptable reaction on the part of the casino to this unforeseen circumstance? I anticipate that views will be very diverse, and that they may even include statements such as “The computer says 8.5 million, so pay it!”

The payment of the 8.5 million dollars was unnecessary in my opinion, and the casino should have done a better job than writing a $80 check to cover their losses.

For the sake of argument, consider the following: how many slot players actually pay close enough attention to the Rules/Pays screen to calculate the highest returning combinations, the amount returned per such combination based on the amount bet, and then multiply that amount by the number of lines being played? With regard to casual slot players, my best estimate is that they will account for approximately one in every neanderthal. Because of this, I believe it is quite reasonable that Ms./Mrs. Castillo was under the idea that she had just struck it rich with a $8.25 million dollar payday.

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