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One small gesture cost this man a $100K jackpot

Tags: Florida, friends, jackpot.
Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 by "K".

A friendship goes sour after this highly unusual incident at a casino in Florida.

Jan Flato, age 66, and his friend Marina Navarro, age 35, went to Florida’s Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Fort Lauderdale. Jan was playing slots but wasn’t getting any wins with his $50 bets, so he asked his friend Marina to push the button for him to see if she could help change his luck.

And it sure did! The slot machine lit up with a whopping $100,000 pay line jackpot!

So what went wrong for Jan? Strange enough, it was Marina who got the money.

The casino managers, upon viewing the surveillance footage of the incident, claimed that since it was Marina who pushed the button, then the jackpot is actually hers.

Of course, this revelation didn’t go too well for the two friends – Marina was gone with the money and Jan was left wondering what the heck just happened.

Jan stated during an interview, “I said, 'Marina, what are you doing?' and she gets up and walks out.

If you are in Marina’s shoes, when fate puts $100,000 cash in your lap, you don’t stick around very long.

After the incident, Jan says Marina ignored his texts and calls; thus really proving that friendship is free until there’s hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake.

On her side, Marina told the media that she was prepared to share with him some of the winnings until he sent her threatening text messages saying “having [him] as an enemy” was “not good.”

Also, Marina has a different version of the story. She claims she put $400 in the machine and offered Jan a portion of the jackpot, but he didn’t take it. She left the casino that night with a $50,000 check and the other $50,000 in cash.

After that decision, she said, “Jan all of a sudden went ballistic. He started screaming in front of everybody.”

On the other hand, Jan is telling everyone his experience as a cautionary tale for other slot gamblers, “I want everybody to know what happened so it won’t happen to them. 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. I’ve played slots all over the country and never had a problem like that. Even the people handing out the money said, ‘This isn’t right.’”

Global Gaming Business magazine editor Frank Legato said the policy that cost Jan his money is “universal”. Even if he wanted to contest the ruling, it looks like Jan doesn’t have any legal options.

Jan said, “No one would take the case. That jackpot money is long gone.”

Bud Green, assistant general manager of Rivers Casino says, “When you put your money in the machine there is no wager, but whoever hits the button the wager actually happens.”

The tacit rule extends to casinos across the nation — that whoever pulls it, wins it.

As for Jan and Marina, they are now described as “former friends.”

 

Source:http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article142963604.html


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25 comments for "One small gesture cost this man a $100K jackpot "

 pochui4/28/2017 11:33:50 AM GMT
well what do you know poor jan (66) was screwed by his friend (35!) big time, and i do wonder what sort of friendship can be between 66 papa and 35 gal... this time the ball sucking friend of jan's decided to take the $100K instead of the usual $100 for the session
 rv4/28/2017 11:37:35 AM GMT
What the f***? But it was him who put the money in! So if I just go to casino and wait for someone to put money in then quickly run up and push the button for him then it's me who wins it?
 Tony_MON7ANA4/28/2017 4:16:02 PM GMT
There are many people that we define as friends, but most of the time they are just acquaintances. It seems that Jan Flato discovered that someone he thought was his friend wasn't in one of the worst possible circumstances.
 Mober4/28/2017 6:10:16 PM GMT
So many years, i didnt have a clue, there is such a rule in the casino.
That no matter who pouts the money in, its the one that hits the button,
that takes any winnings...
So what if a drunk fool that you dont know, comes and hit the button while you
are playing, they will give that players the money?
Doesnt seem right to me....
 RoninHarper4/28/2017 7:37:13 PM GMT
G'day mate

This is NOT a new rule in casinos.
I have know about it for over twenty years.
I never thought it was right but it is the way it is everywhere.
I hope none of you are ever put in this situation.
If you are you lose and they win.
be cool

Ronin Cool
 pajalnick4/28/2017 8:47:47 PM GMT
I was a little dumbfounded by this news .... Marina was certainly a terrible succubus and I did not have to let her get away from retribution .... I will now go to the casino and click on the start button of other people's slots ... if the winnings (any) Then he is mine by law
 Calmplay4/29/2017 7:16:22 AM GMT
is it that hard to say escort girl instead of friend as there is no way they are after what happened and said to each other but I'm glad I learned something with that man's stupidity...
 Gerimantas4/29/2017 7:40:30 AM GMT
Very strange situation this was, I am sad for Jan whi was really unlucky and i can easy say that his winnings were stolen from him, to me casino's are just foolish they have all sorts if rules that allow them not to oay out winnings, it to oay to a different oerson or something else.
 doubletop7774/29/2017 8:15:05 AM GMT
I did not know about the rule that whoever presses the button, is actually placing the wager. There are always two versions to every story and we might never know the actual truth
 DaCapo714/29/2017 8:19:46 AM GMT
This woman have really a verry bad character and normally it was fair to share this winning by fiftyfifty for both. This news sounds like a b-production film. Perhaps he can be happy to know what a "friend" he have on his side, but this was a verry expensive experience for him Blink
 dule-vu4/29/2017 10:53:15 AM GMT
I cant believe what I am reading!even he put money in machine,just because she pushed button,she got money!this america is epic country!I understand this relationship,old man young women,just for money,but to take jackpot,so crazy!
 pochui4/29/2017 12:10:58 PM GMT
yeah just like many mobbits and mobelittos above i also find this casino rule kinda strange... so imagine this, i buy some virtual credits and insert my card into a slut (pun intended) and the drunk gorilla comes along kicks me in the head and shoves the remainder of me aside from the machine and to insult me even more wins $1 gazillion and casino says this: the one who pushes the button is the one who is the legal owner of the winnings? fuck yeah...
 Nightkid4/29/2017 2:00:48 PM GMT
The truth I believe is how they say haha the silver changes the people ... Have a friendship and that for something like this the mine has made it something like that it has no words, although the truth nowadays is much of that everywhere Or no wonder when there is silver in between, there really is whether they are friends or not.
 Mober4/29/2017 6:28:20 PM GMT
Next time you are in a casino with friends or family members and you play slots,
make sure they are far enough from you.
It will save you lots of trouble with this silly rule, in case someone has the bright
idea of pushing the button Smile
 pajalnick4/29/2017 9:22:45 PM GMT
Posted by Mober:
Next time you are in a casino with friends or family members and you play slots,
make sure they are far enough from you.
It will save you lots of trouble with this silly rule, in case someone has the bright
idea of pushing the button Smile

It seems to me that the best option now for playing slots is to block approaches to your slot so that no one can come up and give a button ... according to such rules, different options are possible .... a nightmare
 bowie19844/30/2017 12:26:14 AM GMT
Idiots gonna be idiots for sure...
Man over sixty with a 'friend' who is thirty years younger than him yet he believes she will going to choose him instead of the money which just belongs to her because he was an idiot who was thinking it matters who is pushing a slot's button.
 pochui5/1/2017 3:44:31 PM GMT
yes to me it seems that pajalnik's idea of blocking approaches and cockroaches towards your slot/slut is the wisest thing you can think of, therefore next time before you are playing do some masonry works before you sit down and build a small wall around your slot/slut to protect you and it/her.
 Nightkid5/1/2017 5:52:49 PM GMT
And well that some people believe haha a mine of his age this with him because he says to be friend, it was very expensive to understand that is not so hahahaha Aww crap! Aww crap! Aww crap!
 damosk5/2/2017 5:53:37 AM GMT
Great story and one of the kind found only in the great state of trumpington! So, here is where this story bothers me. The manager says, "When you put your money in the machine there is no wager, but whoever hits the button the wager actually happens.” So, Mr Manager! Where is the button that I hit to retrieve my money when I decide I do not want to press the play button on this occasion?
 bowie19845/2/2017 1:56:08 PM GMT
You could cashout, there is an option for that of course but if its not a penny machine then its just gonna print you a receipt which you could cash-in at one of the cashiers. So yeah, technically is doable.
 Mober5/2/2017 7:30:15 PM GMT
Depends on the casino and slot machines.
Some machines pay up to a specific amount in coins. After that you hit the button and
the staff comes to give you a receipt.
If the machine has ran out of coins, they are refilling it also, and then you hit the cash out button.
 Odysseus1015/3/2017 4:08:08 PM GMT
I love stories like this. He got burned because he didn't know the rules, and he thought that a woman thirty years his junior was on board? He must think he's a real Casanova if he believes she was by his side because of love or friendship or whatever. A fool and his money are soon parted.
 pochui5/5/2017 8:26:22 AM GMT
i kinda think that this old dude believed that his semi standing salami and a weekly purchase of new stockings and a used thong has completely turned this young girls mind and she has become a loyal servant of his. well as they say...i pity the fool
 T3ddyKGB5/5/2017 8:53:51 AM GMT
Posted by damosk:
Great story and one of the kind found only in the great state of trumpington! So, here is where this story bothers me. The manager says, "When you put your money in the machine there is no wager, but whoever hits the button the wager actually happens.� So, Mr Manager! Where is the button that I hit to retrieve my money when I decide I do not want to press the play button on this occasion?


good point ! i never knew this rule and i also think thats not right.

this story made me laugh. i guess even if he was a young good looking guy, she would take the money. the best friendship can end quickly and turn into hate or a fight as soon there is money involved. always funny to see things like that..

 dule-vu5/7/2017 2:32:55 PM GMT
this shows how things works are stupid in america and on what people have right in life!you cant give women right to take that money,just because she take that spin!I know that she was with him just because of money,not because of beauty,but come on,to give 100 K from this spin,its not normal!

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