No Bells, No Whistles; Tourist Leaves Las Vegas After Winning $.23 Million in a Progressive Jackpot
On January 8, 2022, at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, a visitor from the American state of Arizona won a progressive jackpot, but he was unaware of the $229,368.52 win for several weeks. The slot machine malfunctioned and failed to reveal Robert Taylor's winnings. Additionally, the flaw failed to alert casino floor slot workers.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) issued a statement claiming that the "slot machine malfunctioned, preventing Mr. Taylor and casino staff from understanding a progressive prize had been won.
The statement continued, "Mr. Taylor had returned home to Arizona by the time a comprehensive analysis of the slot machine and the communications equipment was completed, verifying the jackpot had been won.
The user's loyalty comps card may have been in use at the time, which would have made it simpler to link the individual to the prize. In the end, the gaming board was compelled to conduct a thorough investigation to find him.
There was a thorough investigation.
The Nevada Transportation Authority's analysis of ridesharing data, a thorough examination of electronic purchase records, witness interviews, and a review of security footage from Treasure Island and other locations were all part of the probe, according to the Guardian.
Authorities were able to identify Taylor as the jackpot trigger after concluding their inquiry, and on January 28—nearly three weeks later—they informed him of his good fortune.
According to a statement from the regulators, Robert Taylor received official notification of his $229,368.52 jackpot on January 28, 2022, around 1230 p.m.
"The Nevada Gaming Control Board is charged with the strict regulation of the gaming industry, the protection of the gaming public, and ensuring that the industry benefits the state of Nevada," said James Taylor, the NGCB's chief of enforcement.
"I applaud the enforcement division's officers [...]
for investing many hours over the course of two weeks to ensure that a customer receives rewards that are due to him for maintaining the public's trust in the gaming business.
"I'd also like to express my gratitude to the Nevada Transportation Authority for helping to identify the customer. This has been a fantastic illustration of government collaboration for the common good.
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The player will return to Las Vegas to claim his jackpot, according to gaming officials.
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