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Woman who says she was offered steak instead of $43 million suing casino

In this Oct. 3, 2014, file photo, a visitor to the Resorts World Casino at the Aqueduct racetrack plays an electronic slot machine, in the Queens borough of New York. (Source: AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File) In this Oct. 3, 2014, file photo, a visitor to the Resorts World Casino at the Aqueduct racetrack plays an electronic slot machine, in the Queens borough of New York. (Source: AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
Katrina Bookman is suing a casino after she won $43 million from a slot machine, but the casino claims the machine was malfunctioning. (Source: CNN) Katrina Bookman is suing a casino after she won $43 million from a slot machine, but the casino claims the machine was malfunctioning. (Source: CNN)

QUEENS, NY (RNN) - A woman who said she won nearly $43 million at a New York casino but instead was offered only a steak is suing.

Katrina Bookman took a photo of herself last August next to a slot machine whose screen read “Printing cash ticket $42,949,672.76."

But the casino and the state’s gaming commission claimed the machine at Resorts World Casino malfunctioned and the casino offered Bookman a free steak dinner and $2.25.

Her attorney told CNN that he filed the suit after a months-long attempt to get the casino to pay Bookman more money.

"You can't claim a machine is broken because you want it to be broken. Does that mean it wasn't inspected? Does it mean it wasn't maintained?," Alan Ripka told CNNMoney. "And if so, does that mean that people that played there before [Bookman] had zero chance of winning?"

He said he asked for clarification on how exactly the machine malfunctioned, but hasn't gotten any answers. 

He’s seeking at least $43 million in damages.

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