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$11 million slot jackpot a malfunction, casino says

Jun 4, 2010, 2:34 pm

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MaryAnn and Jim McMahon thought their money troubles were over when they hit an $11 million jackpot at a Cripple Creek, Colorado, casino Tuesday. It turns out they were wrong.

The Wildwood Casino blamed a slot machine malfunction for the $11 million jackpot.

The machine was turned over to the Colorado Gaming Division for inspection.

A spokesperson says their initial investigation shows the McMahon's didn't really win the $11 million prize on June 1.

Gaming spokesperson Don Burmania said the machine failed to "reset" after the McMahon's won the $1627.82 prize.

"They actually won $1627.82," said Burmania, "The $11 million was what we call a 'reset value." It's what the jackpot would have been after the prize was claimed."

It's the second time in three months a Colorado slot machine has made a multi-million dollar mistake. In March, a machine malfunction was blamed for a $42 million dollar jackpot.

"These things rarely occur, but when it rains it pours," Burmania said.

Still, the McMahon's feel they deserve the jackpot, and are feeling some mistrust with the gaming industry.

"If you do hit a jackpot are they going to come up with another story? It's a malfunction? It's not right," Jim McMahon said.

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