A man lost $100,000 jackpot after the casino found out that he is not the one who pushed the button of the slot machine.
Jan Flato, 66, was feeding cash into the $50-a-spin Double Top Dollar machine at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Fort Lauderdale on January 31. Then, asked his friend Marina Navarro to push the button to see if she could change his luck.
Fortunately, she was the charm, the stars aligned, the angels sang, and the reels on the machine landed on the $100,000 jackpot.
However, he received a bad news when he collects the winnings.
Once managers of the casino checked the video, it showed that Marina Navarro, 35, pushed the button, which made her the rightful winner of the jackpot.
According to 6abc.com, Seminole spokesperson Gary Bitner could not say much, but did restate the rule when it comes to gambling: “The person who pushes a slot machine button or pulls the arm is the person who wins the jackpot.”
After making off with the winnings, Flato says Navarro ignored his texts messages and his calls.
He lost not only the $100,000 jackpot but also his friend.
Weeks later, she allegedly sent Flato a text message asking if he still hates her.
Navarro told reporters that Flato became distraught after he found out the jackpot was not his. “He started screaming in front of everybody,” Navarro said.
She revealed that Flato sent her threatening text messages.
“Having me as an enemy…not good,” followed by “We’ll see who made the Big mistake. It won’t be me,” one message delivered.
Navarro said she offered him part of the winnings, but after the texts he sent, she withdrew the offer.
After the incident, Flato learned the best lesson in his life and share tips to fellow slot players, “Don’t ever let them touch the button, don’t even tell them to touch anything for luck, because they can do what Marina did to me.”