Casino Refuses €43 Million Slots Jackpot PayoutAugust 16, 2011 6:42 am
A Swiss man’s joy soon turned to anguish after seeing he’d just won €43 million ($62 million) playing a slot machine at an Austrian casino, only moments later to be told it was a “software error,” and he had won nothing.
On the 26th March this year, Behar Merlaku, 26, was at the Bregenz Casino in Austria celebrating the birth of his son when the slot he was playing indicated he had won the massive jackpot. As Merlaku then explains:
“When I won I was ecstatic and of course I relied upon it being a real jackpot which it was. I saw it on the screen. But then the disappointment came when two casino workers came to me and said there was a software error. They took me for a fool which I am not. I’ve played in many casinos and I know the way the cookie crumbles. It doesn’t concern me if they have a software problem.”
Understandably his celebratory night out then took a turn for the worse as he couldn’t help feeling as if someone had played a cruel trick on him. However, Behar Merlaku is also claiming that his life has been deeply affected ever since by the incident at the Bregenz Casino, and commenting further stated:
“I’m happy about my first born son Erion but I have psychological problems since the jackpot incident. I can’t sleep anymore and I constantly think about the injustice I’ve experienced. I’m almost ruined. I’ll always keep thinking about that day.”
Official at the casino have acknowledged that the slot machine actually displayed the huge jackpot, but have put the whole incidence down to a malfunctioning computer, a faulty display and the fact a casino worker had accidentally manipulated the jackpot.
The dispute will now be taken to the law courts, where Behar Merlaku will be hoping for some payout for his distressing ordeal. In the meantime, the now banned Behar Merlaku stated:
“I will fight for this until my death. It is outrageous what they have done to me and my family. I want to spread what happened to me all over Europe. I don’t accept it.”