Colorado: Software problem caused $42M jackpot error |

Colorado: Software problem caused $42M jackpot error

DENVER – Colorado gambling regulators say a calculating error in a penny slot machine’s software led to a false message that said a woman had won $42.9 million in Central City in March.

The Colorado Division of Gaming says its investigation shows Louise Chavez of Thornton should have won $20.18.

Chavez wagered 40 cents on a machine in the Fortune Valley Casino on March 26 and got the message of the multimillion-dollar payout, even though the machine’s top award was posted as about $251,000.

The Division of Gaming says the game software’s calculating error was triggered after two bonus games occurred in quick succession while another bonus feature was in play.

Division officials have said the casino isn’t obligated to pay the $42.9 million.

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