A lucky man from Arizona became richer by $220,000 from a slot machine in early January after a visit to a Las Vegas casino, but he only learned about it recently.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board announced on Friday, February 4, that Robert Taylor had won a jackpot worth $229,368.52, but a "communications error" in the slot machine prevented him from knowing that he had won the big prize.
On January 8, Taylor won the jackpot at a progressive slot machine at Treasure Island Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to a press release from the board.
However, due to a communications error at the time, the slot machine malfunctioned and did not promptly inform Taylor and casino personnel that a progressive jackpot had been won.
Taylor had already went back home to Arizona by the time a thorough review of the slot machine was finished and communications technology confirmed that he had indeed won the jackpot, the board stated in the release.
After the casino failed to identify the winner of the jackpot, the enforcement division of the board launched an extensive search. They carried out several interviews and reviewed multiple hours of all the surveillance video, ride-share data and purchase records they can get in order to determine the winner.
The investigation took over two weeks, but in the end they were finally able to successfully identify the casino patron as Robert Taylor, the board said.
Chief of the board's Enforcement Division James Taylor said, "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. I commend the agents of the Enforcement Division, particularly Agent Dan Nuqui, for ensuring that the public trust in the gaming industry remains strong by spending countless hours over two weeks to ensure that a patron is awarded winnings owed to him."
Taylor was notified that he won a jackpot on January 28. He will collect his winnings during the first weekend of February 2022.