A Florida gambler came up empty after his beautiful friend was given his $100,000 winnings.
Jan Flato, 66, was playing the $50 a pull slots at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino when he claims, he made the mistake of asking his then friend Marina Navarro, 35, to push the button for good luck, WSVN reported.
But it wasn’t good luck for Flato.
The casino informed him that, because Navarro pushed the button, the winnings belonged to her.
“The person who pushes a slot machine button or pulls the arm is the person who wins the jackpot,” casino spokesman Gary Bitner told WSVN.
Flato, who said he met Navarro hanging out in 2015 in a high roller room at Gulfstream Park, said he hasn’t heard much from Navarro since the incident occurred when she walked out with all the winnings.
“I said, ‘Marina, what are you doing?’ and she gets up and walks out,” he said.
Flato said she text messaged him weeks after the fact and asked “Still hate me?” to which he texted back “How could you do that to me?” Navarro, a married mortgage broker, responded to that with “I miss you.”
Navarro told the Miami Herald that the $400 in the slot machine was hers but that she offered to split the winnings with Flato until he started yelling at her.
“Jan all of a sudden went ballistic,” she told WSVN. “He started screaming in front of everybody.”
She said he texted her with threats after that.
“Having me as an enemy ….not good,” and then “We’ll [see] who made the Big mistake. It won’t be me.”
Flato said at this point he just wants to let people know about this casino rule.
“I want everybody to know what happened so it won’t happen to them,” he said. “I’ve played slots all over the country and never had a problem like that. Even the people handing out the money said, ‘This isn’t right.’”
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