Florida Man Denied $100K Jackpot At Casino After Friend Touches Slot Machine Button

Be careful of the company you keep while gambling or who you let touch your slot machine’s button. A Florida man has learned they might be entitled to your winnings, even a $100,000 jackpot.

Via Fox 13

“Maria Navarro took home the $100,000 jackpot – minus taxes – in January during a lucky night of playing video poker at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Fort Lauderdale.
‘I never hit such a big jackpot in my life,’ she exclaimed.

But she had company that night. Jan Flato says he actually was the big winner. The then-friends gambled on Flato’s player’s card, but he was in for a surprise when it was time to collect the winnings.

‘Upstairs, the eye in the sky says, ‘She touched the button, so technically, we have to pay her,’ he recalled. ‘I said, are you kidding me?’

Flato admits he had Navarro hit the button for luck on his $50 bet. That turned out to be an unlucky move, at least for him.

A statement from Seminole Hard Rock said, in part, ‘the person who pushes a slot machine button or pulls the arm is the person who wins the jackpot.'”


According to Fox 13,  Navarro offered Flato a portion of her winnings but after some nasty texts sent from Flato, she took back the offer.

Sheesh, money will defintely ruin friendships.


One thought on “Florida Man Denied $100K Jackpot At Casino After Friend Touches Slot Machine Button

  1. With friends like that, who needs enemies???

    Seriously, the girl is a dog. Jackpot should be split 50/50, in my mind.

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