OLG offers slot player free dinner instead of $43M
Published Wednesday, March 18, 2009 2:00PM EDT
A Wasaga Beach, Ont. man is taking the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation to court after they offered him a free dinner instead of the $43 million he thought he won.
Pawel Kusnirewicz was playing the two-cent slots at Georgian Downs Casino in Innisfill on Dec. 2 when suddenly bells on the machine began ringing, whistles began blowing and a voice on the machine told him to call an attendant because he had just become a millionaire.
"You've just won $42.9 million," the machine said.
A casino attendant rushed over to congratulate the man but then called over supervisors when he realized the size of the jackpot.
Supervisors told him that the machine was broken and that they couldn't offer him the prize money but as compensation the casino would treat him and three of his friends to dinner.
Kusnirewicz decided to call his lawyer instead.
The OLG was served yesterday with legal documents informing them that the man intends to sue the corporation for the prize money.
The OLG has said the top prize at the two-cent machine was only supposed to be $9,000 even though no maximum amount was posted on the machine. The corporation also said that all machines are labelled with a sign that says all plays are void if the machine malfunctions.
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario is investigating the charges.