Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Gambler forced to forfeit casino winnings

A man who won a slot machine jackpot had to forfeit the winnings because he was under a voluntary ban from casinos

A Pennsylvania man who won a 2,000 dollar (£1,380) slot machine jackpot had to forfeit the winnings because he was under a voluntary ban from casinos as part of a state scheme for gambling addicts.

Under the self-exclusion programme, problem gamblers can choose to ban themselves from casinos for one year, five years or for life.

Banned players are charged with criminal trespass if they enter a casino and must forfeit any winnings. The money goes to a compulsive gambler treatment fund.

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