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$62 Million Slot Win? Not So Fast…

On March 26, 2011, an Austrian national named Behar Merlaku got the thrill of a lifetime.  According to Austrian state broadcaster ORF, Mr. Merlaku was playing the slots at a Bregenz, Austria casino when the machine showed a payout of almost $43 million euros (approximately $62 million dollars).  Unfortunately for Mr. Merlaku, his excitement was fleeting.  Casino officials quickly disputed the result, blaming it on a malfunctioning computer chip.  Many slot machines and casinos display a warning that any technical malfunctions would void a win.

Not surprisingly, the issue is going to court.  Somewhat surprisingly, the casino has also barred Mr. Merlaku from further play at the casino.

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