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As a 90-year-old grandmother, Pauline Mc Kee tries to maintain a sweet disposition.
When she played a penny slot machine that told her she had won more than $41 million, the Antioch woman remained pretty calm. “Very nice.”“I had my doubts from the start, because that’s a lot of money for a penny machine,” she said.
“I was hoping to help my children out financially, but it wasn’t meant to be.”The court ruled that the Isle Casino Hotel in Waterloo does not have to pay Mc Kee the $41.8 million she thought she had won in 2011 while playing the “Miss Kitty” slot machine.
The machine gave her a 185-credit win and declared on the screen, “The reels have rolled your way!
Bonus Award $41,797,550.16.”But the court sided with the casino and said the game’s rules capped jackpots at $10,000 and didn’t allow bonuses.
The court said the message about the bonus award was a “gratuitous promise” the casino didn’t have to honor. Just ask 12-year-old Sam Holtz of Hawthorn Woods, whose NCAA tournament picks on tied for best in the country — out of 11.57 million entries — when Duke beat Wisconsin for the national title Monday.
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Mc Kee said she is a widow who lives on Social Security, can't see well and is a grandmother of 13.
She had been at the casino during a family reunion.
Mc Kee sued to try to collect the prize after a state investigation concluded the bonus award wasn't valid and resulted from a software error.