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Man hits $55 million jackpot in austria casino but is offered $90 and a meal instead Shinichi Dec 13th, 11, 06:15 PM #1
If it looks too good to be true, it probably is – a man has found this out the hard way after his massive winnings at a casino were found to be the result of a software glitch.

Swiss gambler Behar Merlaku was overjoyed when the slot machine at an Austrian casino alerted him to the payout of more than $55 million.

However his excitement soon turned into disappointment when the casino bosses blamed the winning alerts on a software glitch and refused to pay him the jackpot, The Daily Mail has reported.

Instead, they offered him about $90 and a free meal, which he declined. Following his refusal, he was banned from the casino.

"The jackpot came up loud and clear. There was music and the sum I had won - nearly 43 million euros ($55 million) - was displayed on a screen. I was so overjoyed and in my head I began calculating what I could do with all this money," Merlaku told The Daily Mail.

Now the disgruntled 26-year-old will file a lawsuit in Austria to force the casino into paying him the ‘win’.

His lawyers argue Merlaku is entitled to the money as it showed on the machines. He even used his mobile phone to film the footage of the winning noise and screen.

The lawyers for the casino have blamed the machine manufacturers and also cited an Austrian law that says jackpots cannot normally be higher than $2.5 million.

The civil action is being thought to be the biggest claim of its kind anywhere in the world and is being keenly watched by gamblers.

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qussl3 Dec 13th, 11, 06:18 PM #2
Is this a new trend?

Time to go back to the good old mechanical bandits?
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rico30 Dec 13th, 11, 06:50 PM #3
every time say software glitch then no need to pay liao lor.
its not the user's fault and its the casino's problem if their machine is faulty.
what happen if the software glitch cause the machine to keep eating money and not paying out. will the casino refund the player's money?
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mokky_123 Dec 13th, 11, 07:11 PM #4
Maybe its a meal on the moon
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kyouta Dec 13th, 11, 08:24 PM #5
this becoming a trend?
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etegration Dec 13th, 11, 08:38 PM #6
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what happen if the software glitch cause the machine to keep eating money and not paying out. will the casino refund the player's money?
that's the default setting.
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lennardseah Dec 13th, 11, 09:15 PM #7
Y2K?
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mokky_123 Dec 13th, 11, 09:31 PM #8
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that's the default setting.
lol... agreed!
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shaoz2388 Dec 13th, 11, 09:38 PM #9
wow all casino using the same stupid excuse...
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kiddocoo Dec 13th, 11, 09:53 PM #10
Let me guess...the casino belong to the SANDS group
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StoneWilson Dec 14th, 11, 04:38 PM #11
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that's the default setting.
Damn right. Hahaha!
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fengshenwee Dec 14th, 11, 04:45 PM #12
Happen to me before. Bet online very long ago(now cannot play because S ban "online gaming merchants"). When I hit the win particularly big, they suddenly say Technical error. But not really a lot of money and its online, not possible to really pursue the matter.

Technical error and software glitch my ass if u ask me. lol
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qussl3 Dec 14th, 11, 05:07 PM #13
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Happen to me before. Bet online very long ago(now cannot play because S ban "online gaming merchants"). When I hit the win particularly big, they suddenly say Technical error. But not really a lot of money and its online, not possible to really pursue the matter.

Technical error and software glitch my ass if u ask me. lol
Unregulated, no recourse, profit driven, what could one expect?
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fengshenwee Dec 14th, 11, 05:13 PM #14
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Unregulated, no recourse, profit driven, what could one expect?
yup but it was fun and I did win a bit. Singapore not very fun leh at times. Still rob me of such simple joy.
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jinyuan Dec 14th, 11, 07:10 PM #15
When players win, it's software glitch.
When players lose, it's just our luck.

I'm guessing the jackpot machine is rigged. How else would they know it's a software glitch when the guy won?
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