I landed a $1.2m jackpot but was denied my prize – officials told me to ‘get it in my head’ & blamed issue with machine

A LOTTERY player thought she won a million dollars at a slot machine, but officials at the casino have refused to give her the money, causing a huge legal battle.

In February, Roney Beal was shocked when the slot machine at Bally’s Casino in New Jersey said she won $1.2 million, however, her joy quickly spoiled once officials got involved.

Roney Beal is in a major legal battle after Bally’s Casino refused to give her the earnings from a slot machineCredit: 6 ABC

She claimed that the slot machine said she won $1.2 millionCredit: 6 ABC

“That’s when the sentences came up ’tilted,’” she told local ABC affiliate WPVI.

“When the man came over to talk to me he said, ‘Lady, get it in your head, you won nothing.’”

Beal revealed she spent hundreds of dollars at the slot machine at that point, and even hit the multiplier.

Officials at the casino said the machine malfunctioned due to a “reel tilt.”

This can be caused by many things including one of the reels rubbing against the machine’s door, or the machine mistakenly thinks the door is open, according to Vital Vegas.

However, due to the issue, the win was voided.

The casino worker opened up the machine in front of her and asked her to spin again, which Beal refused.

So instead they tried to offer her $350 as an alternative.

Beal decided to take matters into her own hands and sue the casino and the machine’s manufacturer, IGT, for her earnings.

“They fooled with the machine before anybody else had the opportunity to take a look at this,” attorney Mike Dicroce, who represents Beal, told WPVI.

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Dicroce is looking to have the slot machine, as well as the video from that day, preserved for forensic review.

“You invite somebody to your business. They pay the money, they win, you’re supposed to pay. That didn’t happen,” he added.

The U.S. Sun has reached out to Bally Casino and IGT for comment.


Beal is not the only person who has become jilted by a broken slot machine.

When the man came over to talk to me he said, ‘Lady, get it in your head, you won nothing.’

Roney Beal

Katrina Bookman was shocked when she played the slots at Resort World Casino, and it said she won a $42.9 million jackpot.

According to her 2017 lawsuit, the slot machine had “bells, noises and lights” and a message flashed up telling her she won.

She took a photo with the slot machine that even said, “Printing cash ticket $42,949,672.76.”

However, when Bookman went to collect her prize the next day she was told by an official, “You didn’t win nothing.”

They said the machine was malfunctioning so the win was not valid.

Instead, they offered her $2.25 and a steak dinner.

However, her lawyer Alan Ripka, believes she is entitled to the amount that the machine promised.

The lawsuit sought for damages against the casino and the game machine company for failing to keep the machine in order.

The U.S. Sun has contacted Alan Ripka and the Resort World Casino for an update.

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