Wilson, who served in the Air Force and is now unemployed, said that he could have used the money to speed up his retirement and help his recovery from a recent triple bypass surgery. He had hoped the casino would offer a payment smaller than the jackpot sum as a consolation for the malfunctioning machine and was upset to find out that wasn’t a possibility.
“You know, if they said, ‘Mr. Wilson, we’re sorry that this happened and we would like to offer you $50,000 as an apology,’ that would have been fine,” said Wilson. “Instead, they offered me nothing, and that’s not fine, that’s not OK.”
It is unknown what the future holds for Wilson and his complaint. He believes that his time is coming one way or another.
“What I want is justice, and justice will come in the form of karma,” Wilson said. “I’m a believer in that.”
The legal casino is operated by the San Felipe Pueblo tribe. It has a promotion where active and retired military personnel are given $10 worth of free plays on Wednesdays, similar to different sportsbook bonuses and promotions.
Despite having his win torn from his fingertips, Wilson played the Black Mesa slots once again during his return to file a complaint. His luck struck once again with wins of $1,226 and $1,446 on a Kings of Africa machine.
Wilson’s claim is still being processed at the time of writing. There have been no updates from the casino since it told Wilson that his win did not count.