Woman claims she was marched out of casino after '$42m pokie win'

Katrina Bookman
The casino said a malfunction meant Katrina Bookam nwasn't entitled to US$42 million - just a couple of bucks. Photo credit: Katrina Bookman/supplied

A woman who 'won' US$42 million on a pokie machine has sued the casino, after all it gave her was a steak dinner and a couple of bucks.

Katrina Bookman was feeding coins into a pokie at Resorts World Casino in New York in August last year when she struck it lucky.

The Egyptian-themed machine's bells and lights went off, and the display told her she'd won US$42,949,672 (NZ$60 million).

Ms Bookman even took a selfie to celebrate, which now forms part of a complaint she's laid in the Queens County Supreme Court against the casino.

She alleges casino bosses escorted her off the premises, telling her to come back the next day for a "decision" on her prize, Courthouse News Service reports.

The next day they told her the machine had malfunctioned, and all she was entitled to was the balance she had left in the machine - US$2.25. They decided to throw in a steak dinner as well.

"Machine malfunctions are rare, and we would like to extend our apologies to Ms Bookman for any inconvenience this may have caused," the casino later said in a statement.

Ms Bookman says the decision left her embarrassed and suffering depression.

Her lawyer says she's not after the full US$42 million - just the machine's stated maximum payout of US$6500.

Resorts World Casino  isn't exactly strapped for cash, however - it's currently planning a US$1 billion expansion in the Catskills mountains, in the southeast of the state.

In 2014, a similar malfunction happened at a casino in Indiana - those 'lucky' winners were also offered steak dinners in place of their multimillion-dollar winnings.

A similar case in Illinois on a Hello Kitty-themed slot machine saw the 87-year-old winner awarded US$10,000, instead of the US$42 million it said she won.