Arizona Slot Player Receives $229,368 Las Vegas Jackpot After Machine Error

Arizona Slot Player Receives $229,368 Las Vegas Jackpot After Machine Error

An Arizona slot player got the surprise of a lifetime late last month.

A machine the player was playing failed to properly give out a jackpot. The error, which occurred at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Jan. 8, prevented Robert Taylor of Arizona from earning a $229,368.52 payout.

By the time the casino and the Nevada Gaming Control Board realized the mistake, Taylor had returned home to Arizona. That forced the board’s enforcement arm to do some digging to get in touch with the man.

Phoenix is more than a four-hour drive from Las Vegas. It’s a drive some are no longer making since Arizona sports betting began Sept. 9.

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It Takes Three Weeks to Locate Winner

The Nevada authority was able to track Taylor down on Jan. 28, giving him news he could have only dreamed about while visiting the Strip.

The investigation was all in a day’s work for the board’s investigation arm, according to James Taylor, who serves as the chief of the division.

“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. I commend the agents of the Enforcement Division, particularly Agent Dan Nuqui, for ensuring that the public trust in the gaming industry remains strong by spending countless hours over two weeks to ensure that a patron is awarded winnings owed to him,” Taylor said in the department’s press release. “I’d also like to thank the Nevada Transportation Authority for their assistance in confirming the identity of the patron. This has been a great example of government working together for the benefit of the public.”

It appears what happens in Las Vegas doesn’t stay there, at least when it comes to missed casino earnings.

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Christopher Boan is the lead writer at after covering sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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