Las Vegas casino stalks tourist who unknowingly won $229,000 | Vegas

A tourist from Arizona won $229,000 on a Las Vegas slot machine but walked away unaware of his windfall, due to an error in the machine. It took almost three weeks for the agents of the gaming authorities to find him and enrich him.

On January 8, Robert Taylor hit a jackpot on a slot machine at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino on the Vegas Strip.

But the “slot machine experienced a malfunction that prevented Mr. Taylor and casino staff from realizing that a progressive jackpot had been won,” the Nevada Gaming Control Board said.

“By the time a thorough examination of the slot machine and communications technology was completed, confirming that the jackpot had been won, Mr. Taylor had returned home to Arizona.”

The casino struggled to identify its lucky boss. The gaming commission launched an extensive investigation which included a review of hours of surveillance footage at numerous properties; interviews with witnesses; a study of electronic purchasing records; and analysis of rideshare data obtained by the Nevada Transportation Authority.

Eventually, the investigation was able to identify Taylor as the casino’s lucky customer. He was notified on January 28, nearly three weeks after his victory.

“The Nevada Gaming Control Board is responsible for the strict regulation of the gaming industry, protecting the gaming public, and ensuring that the industry benefits the State of Nevada,” said James Taylor, Chief of the application of advice.

“I commend the officers of the Law Enforcement Division…for ensuring that public confidence in the gaming industry remains strong by spending countless hours over two weeks to ensure that a client receives the winnings due to him.

“I would also like to thank the Nevada Transportation Authority for their assistance in confirming the identity of the customer. This was a great example of government working together for the benefit of the public.

Taylor will return to Las Vegas to collect his jackpot of $229,368.52, according to gaming officials.

Nevada’s gaming industry has rebounded since the pandemic began. In a report released last month, the state gaming commission found casinos “earned” — or won — a record $13.4 billion in 2021, up from $12 billion in 2019.

“This represents an all-time high for gambling winnings, beating the previous record set in calendar year 2007 of $12.8 billion,” said board analyst Michael Lawton.

He attributed the success to vaccine rollouts that reduced capacity limits in casinos, as well as strong demand for gambling due to “healthy consumer savings from stimulus payments and rebound supported leisure travel”.

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