Gambling can either make your day or break your heart.
What would you do after clocking up $100,000 on a slot machine in a casino? You cash out and be very happy or feel invincible.
Jan Flato unfortunately faced a different situation. The 66-year-old fed cash into the £40-a-spin ‘Double Top Dollar’ machine during a night at a casino in Florida.
He’d had a couple of winless spins at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Fort Lauderdale.
After numerous winless efforts, he decided to let his girl-friend (not, ‘girlfriend’ – well, at least certainly not after what happened) push the button for ‘luck’.
Marina Navarro pushed the button and seconds later the $100,000 (£80,000) jackpot was the prize. Flato assumed that the money was his.
However, casino officials reviewed surveillance footage to confirm which one had the Midas touch.
Seminole spokesman, Gary Bitner, said: “The person who pushes a slot machine button or pulls the arm is the person who wins the jackpot.”
“I said, ‘Marina, what are you doing?’ and she gets up and walks out,” Flato said.
Flato claims he’s hardly heard from his friend since she walked out with the top prize.
Flato lost his money, and his friend.