A clerical error has cost a Maryland woman the payment of a slot machine jackpot that hit last week at MGM National Harbor.
Cynthia Obie has won thousands on a slot machine in the Washington DC casino area. While he did not disclose the exact amount, it was a large enough sum to push the casino to remove his personal information before delivering the money owed to it.
Obie handed out his identity document and social security code to the employee responsible for paying the jackpot. The employee made a small mistake in taking the information and was out of a number on his social security number.
That number made the difference.
It turns out that the wrong social security number actually belonged to an actual person who was aware of a ton of support for unpaid children. As a result, the player was stopped, the state immediately confiscated the jackpot and Obie was forced to leave the casino without any of the winnings to which he was entitled.
"I'm like, no, all my daughters have grown up, I've never paid child support, I like it, this can not be right," Obie told reporters of FOX 5 DC .
For his trouble, the casino gave Obie $ 200 in free play, a couple of coupons, and instructions on how to clarify the error with the state.
In the week since the incident, Obie has not yet made any progress with the State Human Services Agency. MGM National Harbor claims that since the state has already confiscated the money, there is nothing they can do but wait for the Maryland Gaming Commission to act.
"We are aware of this unfortunate mistake and have taken the necessary steps to help Mrs Obie rectify this problem," a casino spokesperson said in a statement. "Because of the rules MLGCA and Maryland State Law, we can not provide an additional payment for this jackpot, however, if you submit the appropriate identification credentials to the Maryland Gaming Commission, they will provide you with the appropriate payment.We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused to Mrs Obie. "