Bloke Misses Out on $100k Jackpot because His Friend Pressed the Button for ‘Good Luck’

We all have our good luck rituals when we’re in a tough spot. Some people like to cross their fingers (seems helpful), some people carry a rabbit’s foot on their key chain (a bit gruesome for saying you’re only buying a scratchy, right?) and some people prefer to let others do the hard work altogether.

Sure these good luck charms can give us piece of mind, but what happens when they backfire? Jan Flato, from Fort Lauderdale in the US, found out the hard way when he allowed his friend to hit the button on the slot machine for good luck, only to realise that it had cost him the $100,000 jackpot.


Jan was playing virtual poker with his friend Marina Navarro when lights start flashing and old mate realised he’d pocketed the $100,000 jackpot. However, when he went to collect his winnings he received some pretty shitty news.

Casino staff analysed the video and saw that Marina was actually the person to press the button, making her the rightful winner of the jackpot. Casino spokesman Gary Bitner reiterated the rule when it comes to gambling: “The person who pushes a slot machine button or pulls the arm is the person who wins the jackpot.”

So yeah, unlucky mate.

What’s more, after Marina took the money, she hit Jan up with a cheeky text asking, “Still hate me?” He responded, “How could you do that to me?” And her response? “I miss you.” Jan followed up that heartfelt confession with the ever timeless “Having me as an enemy…not good,” and then chased that with “We’ll see who made the big mistake. It won’t be me.”

Marina said she offered him some of her winnings, but after those considerably creepy texts, she “rescinded her offer.”


Source: ABC7.com

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