82-Year-Old Gambler Denied $10K Jackpot 17 Years After Casino Exclusion
A gambler who hit a $10,000 jackpot on a slot machine at the Mohawk Racetrack and Casino in Ontario, Canada, has been told he can’t take his winnings home.
Staff at the casino told John Marando, an 82 year old, that they couldn’t pay him as he excluded himself from the casino 17 years ago. However, Mr Marando says that he underwent brain surgery in the intervening period and he can’t remember self-excluding himself and is demanding that the casino pays.
He said that he has hired a lawyer to fight his case and that he won’t let the casino “get away with it”. According to local laws, any gambler who has excluded themselves is not permitted to win prizes. The measures are designed to help problem gamblers and it remains to be seen if Mr Marando will be able to claim the prize.