Las Vegas Tourist Nearly Misses Out On $230K Jackpot After Slot Machine Error
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It took 20 days, but an Arizona man is now $229,368 richer.
Robert Taylor was visiting Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Jan. 8 when he hit the nearly $230K jackpot on a progressive slot machine, Nevada Gaming Control Board said.
But because of a slot machine malfunction and communications error, neither Taylor nor the casino staff were aware of the celebratory moment. By the time the staff realized the jackpot had been hit, Taylor had already left the location.
From there, the NGCB launched a two-week investigation, watching multiple hours of surveillance footage, interviewing patrons and even studying ridesharing data obtained by the Nevada Transportation Authority before Taylor was successfully identified and notified of his winnings on Jan. 28.
Taylor is expected to travel back to Las Vegas from Arizona this weekend to collect his check.
"We are thrilled that our jackpot winner was found by the Nevada Gaming Control Board and we are looking forward to awarding him his winnings," a Treasure Island spokesman said in a statement.