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.