Treasure Island Slot Winner To Collect Almost $230K After Machine Error
Arizona resident Robert Taylor will collect his legitimately won $229,368.52 at Las Vegas’ Treasure Island Hotel & Casino this weekend. He won the money on a progressive slot machine at the gaming property on Jan. 8. But a machine error prevented anyone from knowing. The Las Vegas casino attempted to identify a jackpot winner after a machine error. With the help of the NGCB, the man was found and will collect his winnings this weekend.
The “communications” malfunction kept the player and staff from realizing the winning hit at the time. Later, the massive jackpot was discovered and confirmed. But the name of the winner remained a mystery. Many efforts to identify the player were undertaken by Treasure Island staff. But apparently, they could not identify the tourist, nor reach him.
Then, Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) Enforcement Division agents undertook their own investigation. They watched many hours of surveillance video from Treasure Island and other gaming properties. They also interviewed possible witnesses and reviewed their statements. Additionally, they sorted through online purchase records, and viewed data from the Nevada Transportation Authority (NTA), as well as records from an unnamed rideshare company.
The exhaustive investigation resulted in successfully identifying the patron as Robert Taylor,” a NGCB statement released on Friday revealed. At about 12:30 on Jan. 28, Taylor was officially notified of the jackpot. He is expected to travel back to Las Vegas from Arizona this weekend to collect the winning check. Treasure Island staff is eager to see him.
The NGCB is also proud that the inquiry led to Taylor getting his rightful jackpot. “The Nevada Gaming Control Board is charged with the strict regulation of the gaming industry, the protection of the gaming public, and ensuring that the industry benefits the State of Nevada,” James Taylor, chief of the NGCB Enforcement Division, said Friday when announcing that the player will collect the money. He apparently is no relation to the winner.