Colorado

Mar 31, 2010 1:17 PM by Associated Press

Colorado casino says $43M prize message was mistake

A Colorado woman who won $42.9 million off a penny bet in a slot machine had her dreams quickly dashed when the casino said the jackpot message was an error.

Now Colorado gaming authorities are testing the faulty machine while the state's 39 casinos scramble to reassure gamblers.

Louise Chavez of Thornton got the jackpot message Friday on a machine at the Fortune Valley Casino in Central City. The top prize was listed as $251,000.

Two years ago, a penny machine at another casino told a player she'd won $164 million. Her correct prize should have been $6.60. That casino settled a lawsuit out of court with the player.

Chavez says the Fortune Valley Casino gave her a free breakfast but that she is owed more.

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