Las Vegas slot machine winner tracked down after ‘error’ meant he was unaware of his $229,000 prize win

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The resident from Arizona couldn’t be identified, compelling the state’s gaming authorities to launch an intensive hunt to locate him.

A resident from Arizona won more than $229,000 (£169,000) at a Las Vegas casino after the machine malfunctioned and walked away without noticing he had hit the jackpot. Following this, the casino launched an exhaustive hunt to track him down and reward him for his winnings.

On the 8th of January, Robert Taylor was at the Treasure Island casino on the city’s famous Strip when he unwittingly came up trumps. According to the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB), a “communications error” on the casino’s slot machine meant that neither Robert Taylor nor the staff was aware of the big win realized by Taylor.

Treasure Island casino made an unsuccessful attempt to identify the winner (Taylor) who had already returned to his Arizona home, a move that compelled the NGCB to take over the search. They spent two weeks analyzing hours of CCTV, questioning witnesses, studying electronic records, and diving into transportation data from a rideshare firm, in an inquiry more often associated with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

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Mr. Taylor was ultimately recognized, and three weeks later, he received word that his trip had been quite profitable, with a $229,368.52 Treasure Island casino jackpot win. According to the Nevada Gaming and Control Board (NGCB), Mr. Taylor must make a return to Vegas to collect his winnings from the casino.

“I commend the agents of the Enforcement Division, particularly Agent Dan Nuqui, for ensuring that the public trust in the gaming industry remains strong by spending countless hours over two weeks to ensure that a patron is awarded winnings owed to him,” said Head of enforcement, Mr. James Taylor.

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