When Katrina Bookman’s slot machine hit the jackpot, she was understandably over the moon. And of course she took a selfie to mark the staggering winning total of $43 million! Then she noticed security striding towards her. But these men weren’t there to escort her safely home. Rather, they dropped a bombshell: the machine was broken, they said.
Many people dream of a life of luxury. Indeed, some hope to be famous and enjoy all the riches that superstardom brings. And others put in hard graft and enjoy the rewards of their efforts. Others still turn their hands to gambling and, either by good judgment or sheer luck, hope to take home a big win.
Katrina Bookman, it seems, was a hopeful part of this last group of people. So one evening in August 2016, the 44-year-old hit the Resorts World Casino in Queens, New York. There she sat at the “Sphinx Slot Machine,” a digital version of the traditional gambling game.