Austrian Says He Won Millions, Casino Says No


It seemed too good to be true — a slot-machine jackpot of almost 43 million euros. And maybe it was.

Austrian state broadcaster ORF reports that Behar Merlaku is going to court over the refusal of the Bregenz casino to give him what he considers his win on March 26.

Casino officials do not dispute that the gaming machine showed a payout of nearly 43 million euros — almost $62 million. But they say that a malfunctioning computer chip was responsible for what they say was the faulty display.

Both sides are going to court. In the meantime, says the ORF website, Merlaku has been banned from the casino in the capital of Austria's westernmost Voralberg province.