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Semi-protected edit request on 21 December 2022[edit]

Add to jackpot disputes

Slot machine malfunctions are exactly how they sound in that a game’s software experiences a glitch and awards a much larger jackpot/payout than the player is due. The gaming world has seen plenty of incidents like these occur over the years.

Pauline McKee, a 87-year-old grandmother was playing Miss Kitty slots at Isle Casino Hotel when the machine showed a $41,797,550.16 jackpot. Isle Casino officials were baffled by the $41.8 million jackpot as Miss Kitty was only programmed to pay a top prize worth $10,000. The casino investigated the matter with the help of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. They collectively determined that McKee was actually only due a small payout worth $1.85.

McKee filed a lawsuit against the casino over breach of contract and consumer fraud. Her argument stemmed from Aristocrat Technologies, which manufactured Miss Kitty, informing Isle Casino and other establishments that the game was malfunctioning. Her case went to the Iowa Supreme Court, where it was struck down on grounds that Miss Kitty suffered an obvious machine malfunction after paying out $41.8 million.

A more recent case that has remained unresolved.

Katherine Bookman was playing a “Sphinx” slot machine at Resorts World in September 2016. She thought that her life was going to change forever when the machine showed a $43.1 million payout. Resorts World and New York Gaming officials informed her that the prize was only worth $2.25.based on a machine malfunction. Joachimfourie (talk) 21:14, 21 December 2022 (UTC)[reply]

 Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. RealAspects (talk) 03:38, 23 December 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Semi-protected edit request on 31 January 2023[edit]

In page Slot machine: "Revenue from gaming machines in pubs and clubs accounts for more than half of the $4 billion in gambling revenue collected by state governments in fiscal year 2002–03.[citation needed]"

Found a citation in the Australian government's published document: Raitmet (talk) 16:37, 31 January 2023 (UTC)[reply]

 Done. Thank you – small jars tc 18:53, 31 January 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Semi-protected edit request on 26 August 2023[edit]

It should probably be "A variation involves patterns where symbols are adjacent to one another" instead of "A variation involves patterns where symbols pay adjacent to one another" in the second last sentence of the third paragraph in the Operation section. Morich740 (talk) 00:39, 26 August 2023 (UTC)[reply]

 Done M.Bitton (talk) 11:09, 26 August 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Random number generators[edit]

I removed the section on random number generators as it contained multiple inaccuracies. The unsourced claim that "all modern slot machines use PRNGs seeded by the current time" seems highly unlikely to me considering any gambling system worth its salt would employ a cryptographically secure RNGs, which are not necessarily PRNGs and are likely to draw from multiple sources of entropy. My quick read of the Ronald Dale Harris case tells me it was also misrepresented, as it wasn't so much about the predictability and period of a PRNG but specific backdoors that Harris had installed. I couldn't find any good reason to keep the section after removing these claims. 11wx (talk) 10:05, 29 December 2023 (UTC)[reply]