Tampa, Florida’s Seminole Hard Rock Casino was the site of an unusually large slot machine payout this past Sunday: $166,666,666.65. The $4 machine was being patronized by one Bill Seebeck, who probably had a mild heart attack when he saw what he thought were his winnings. Unfortunately, the largest payout the machine normally gives is only $90,000, so it seemed clear that a simple malfunction had occurred.
However, not only did casino officials inform Seebeck that he wouldn’t be getting the $166 million, they also told him he wouldn’t be getting the $90 thousand either, presumably because of the glitch. Things came to a head when the casino attempted to get Seebeck to sign an agreement concerning the matter, and Seebeck refused. Since then, the casino has settled with the unlucky gentleman for an undisclosed amount.
Apparently this isn’t the first time an untoward event has occurred in a Seminole Hard Rock, where promised money was later attributed to computer error and refused the recipient. This almost made me title this post “Seminole Hard Rock Accused Of Indian Giving”, but of course that would probably be seen as horribly racist — and I have Native American blood, so go figure that out.