Woman says casino is refusing to pay $1.2 million jackpot she won playing slots

Woman says casino is refusing to pay $1.2 million jackpot she won playing slots
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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (Gray News) - A woman’s win on a slot machine in Atlantic City is reportedly being called into question.

WPVI reports that Roney Beal told its investigative team that she hit a jackpot worth more than $1.2 million while playing a Wheel of Fortune slot machine at Bally’s hotel-casino in February.

But the casino has refused to pay her.

According to reports, Bally’s and gaming company International Game Technology are disputing the alleged seven-figure prize, telling her that she had won due to a technical glitch.

Beal shared that everyone came around her to celebrate her big win before she hit the service button on the slot machine.

“That’s when the sentences came up ‘tilted,’” WPVI quoted Beal. “When the man came over to talk to me, he said, ‘Lady, get it in your head, you won nothing.’”

Beal shared that she was told the machine had a malfunction known as a reel tilt, which voided the win.

According to Beal, a Bally’s attendant opened the machine and asked her asked her to “spin it off,” but she refused.

Beal said the attendant then hit different buttons inside, ultimately offering her $350.

“They fooled with the machine before anybody else had the opportunity to take a look at this,” Beal’s attorney Mike Dicroce told WPVI.

He said that action by a casino attendant may have tampered with evidence of the win.

Dicroce said he has asked the New Jersey Gaming Enforcement, Bally’s and IGT, for the payout, to preserve the machine and casino floor videos for an independent forensic review.

“You invite somebody to your business. They pay the money, they win, and you’re supposed to pay. That didn’t happen,” he added.

Beal is hoping the law and some luck will help her cash in on what she believes is hers.

“Why would I ever go to a casino again in my life? Any casino? Why, if there is no hope,” she said.

Bally’s and IGT representatives have not immediately commented regarding the situation, WPVI reported.