June 12, 2009

Man wins $1M — no wait — just $5K

Video poker games that told an avid player near Ottawa twice he had won prizes totaling $1 million were wrong, and the man took home $5,000 instead.

The glitches happened to the unidentified man last weekend on separate Bonus Poker Deluxe video slot machines, the Toronto Star reported Friday.

Staff at the Rideau Carleton Raceway told the man they couldn't pay him, and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp., which regulates all gaming in the province was notified.

OLG spokesman Don Pister said all 296 video poker games in Ontario with that game on it were shut down as a precaution.

It was showing credits in the value of millions ... that cannot be generated on that machine, as there is a $40,000 cap on each machine, he said.

Technical officials with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario were examining the software and Pister said there was nothing suspicious about the fluke.

I don't think the person had anything to do with it, he said, adding there was no evidence of tampering on the machines.