Honey, My Jackpot Shrunk

Published May 21, 2009 by OCR Editor

Honey, My Jackpot Shrunk

How could winning $2.3 million turn out to be disappointing?

It was months ago that we reported on the impressive jackpot won by Sylvia P. The French Canadian casino player won the $4,188,719.98 progressive jackpot playing the Beach Life Jackpot at Playtech powered Joyland Casino.

Now the story has resurfaced, as Sylvia has collected her winnings. But in her hands only $2.3 million remained. How come?

Could this be one of the most disappointing player experiences ever?

The facts
It should be noted that Joyland Casino is now part of the William Hill group. That was not the case in August, at the time the jackpot was won. Also in that time, the Terms and Conditions have stated a max payout of $9,000 per month.

Following long negotiations, of which no written evidence remained as they were held mostly over the phone, Sylvia agreed to take $2.3 million instead of wait out some 39 years to collect monthly payments.

Sure, the sum is a nice one. It will allow Sylvia to buy herself and her daughters the homes she wanted to, and more.

Sure, the T&C's are clearly stated, and should always be checked by the players. That's the way the world goes.

Still, the lost $2 million leave a sour taste in everyone's mouths.

On the one hand you win...
And on the other hand you win! Hey, Sylvia is a multi-millionaire! Joyland Casino has made her a rich person!

We can all focus on that, and pay attention to the terms and conditions too.

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