Colorado catastrophy

Colorado catastrophy

March 30, 2010.

Colorado casino gambler Louise Chavez thought she had hit the bigtime at the Fortune Valley Casino last week when the bells rang and lights flashed as a slot machine told her she had just won $42 million, reports Fox25.

"People were coming up to me and saying I won $42 million," Chavez recalls. "Lights were flashing, it sounded like a fire truck, the screen said 'see attendant'."

Chavez's jubilation was short-lived, however, as casino staff told her that the win was due to a machine malfunction and she would not be paid the amount claimed.

Instead, Chavez was offered a complimentary room, free breakfast and the $23 that she had put into the machine.

The disappointed punter said she will continue to push for the jackpot payout: "I played the game, I put my money into the machine, whether it's $42 million, $42 000 or $4 000, I should get what the machine said," she asserted.

The Colorado Division of Gaming will now look for forensic information in the machine's software, and there is a possibility that Chavez could still win some money.