An Illinois woman thought she won almost $42 million on Aristocrat's Miss Kitty slot machine, but the casino revealed the win was a glitch and the real payout should have been just $1.85.
Pauline McKee, 87 of Illinois thought she had won a staggeringly large win on the Miss Kitty slot at the Isle Hotel Casino in Waterloo, Iowa when the game declared: "The reels have rolled your way! Bonus Award - $41797550.16."
But alas, the casino staff concluded that the win was a glitch, as the game's top prize is just 10,000 credits. Because of a sign on the game that reads "Malfunction voids all pays and plays", the casino concluded that they did not owe the money. The Iowa Supreme Court agreed, and in a unanimous opinion ruled that Ms. McKee was only due a payout of $1.85.
In his opinion Justice Edward Mansfield wrote: "Any message appearing on the screen indicating the patron would receive a $41 million bonus was a gratuitous promise and the casino's failure to pay it could not be challenged as a breach of contract. McKee did not read the rules of the game or look at the paytable before playing the Miss Kitty game."
Aristocrat reportedly knew of the glitch, and issued a bulletin for casinos to disable the part of the game that displayed the message, but the casino failed to do that, resulting in the error.