Behar Merlaku was sitting on a slot machine at a casino in Bregenz, Austria when he thought he hit the big time. Not just a few thousand dollars, but he hit the jackpot winning an astounding, life-changing $57 million. At just 26 years old, this would be one of those life-defining moments, where you realise everything will be OK from here on out.
Until he went up to the cashier to cash his prize to have the casino owners say it was "all a mistake", and just a "software glitch'. They argued that the jackpot alarm went off erroneously and that Merlaku's game had not actually hit the required five matches. He had only gotten four, they said. Instead of the $57 million Merlaku thought he'd won, the casino spat in his face an offered him $100 and a free meal. Yep.
This is the point when I would most likely form myself into a ball of pure hatred and darkness, and either implode without a trace of my existence, or explode in a fire of pure rage.
Merlaku has argued that if the machine called the prize, then it is a prize, and he should get his millions. He is now suing the company that owns the casino.
How can one guarantee the machines aren't rigged, when it actually goes off and they still claim it didn't... I'd be more than a little pissed off.
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