Cop-style manhunt hunts down player who missed $230,000 slots jackpot
A man from Arizona $230,000 slot machine jackpot almost never been after a malfunction left him and the casino thinking he didn’t win. It took a investigation involving surveillance footage, interviews with witnesses and analysis of carpooling data to finally find the player and pay him his due!
The incredible story was revealed this month by the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) when they announced in a press release that they had “secured the collection of a jackpot of $229,368.52”.
The lucky winner was Robert Taylorbut he was completely unconscious for several weeks that he was being hunted.
It all started when the Arizona man and his family were in Vegas, and Robert was playing a progressive slot machine at Treasure Island Hotel and Casino.
“On the evening of January 8, 2022, casino boss Robert Taylor…appeared to hit a jackpot on a progressive slot machine at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino.”
The slot screen showed the message, “Solving the progressive price. Please wait,” but the Taylor family had dinner reservations and left the casino, without knowing that the glitch of the machine was worth a fortune.
“He left the casino thinking the machine had malfunctioned and he hadn’t won,” NGCB Chief Constable James Taylor told reporters.
Nothing to do with the man who just won and quit $230,000, James Taylor explained to the Washington Post that casino staff were paying Robert Taylor the $40 credit he had in the machine when it malfunctioned.
It was only two days laterwhen the technicians repaired the machine, that the the jackpot score has been revealedand the NGCB team launched a manhunt that looked like a police crime investigation, but with a thankfully happier outcome.
“The Commission has launched a thorough investigation, led by several officers from the Commission’s Enforcement Division, to obtain the identity of the client,” the press release said. He added: “The investigation included the review of several hours of surveillance footage at multiple gaming properties, numerous witness interviews, a study of electronic purchase records and the analysis of carpool data obtained from Nevada Transportation Authority and a ride-sharing company.”
“We did a lot,” explained James Taylor, adding: “It took time. It wasn’t overnight.
In fact, it took three weeks before they were able to track down the Arizona man, with CCTV proving unsuccessful and James Taylor explaining:
“At that time, we didn’t think we could identify the person.”
The first breakthrough came when it was discovered that the the family had used a ride-sharing service – “our Hail Mary pass” as James Taylor described it.
the credit card payment for the ride led NGCB investigators to Robert Taylor in Arizona, who managed to convince the board that it was indeed he who had played with the faulty machine.
Robert was invited back to Treasure Island to collect his jackpot of $229,368.52, while his namesake at NGCB appointed the agent Dan Nuqui for his role in the investigation.
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