Thursday, 24. April 2014
15. 08. 11. - 15:00
A Swiss dad celebrating the birth of his son with a trip to an Austrian casino won 43 million Euros - but then was told the cash would not be paid because it had been a "software error".
Behar Merlaku, 26, won the jackpot in the Bregenz Casino operated by Casinos Austria in March but after he was told there had been a mistake he kept trying to get the prize money for four months and is now going to take the case to court.
He told Austrian newspaper Heute: "When I won I was ecstatic and of course I relied upon it being a real jackpot which it was. I saw it on the screen. But then the disappointment came when two casino workers came to me and said there was a software error. They took me for a fool which I am not. I've played in many casinos and I know the way the cookie crumbles. It doesn't concern me if they have a software problem.
"I also received a letter saying that a casino worker had manipulated the jackpot by mistake. That's not my problem either, win is win.
"I will fight for this until my death. It is outrageous what they have done to me and my family. I want to spread what happened to me all over Europe. I don't accept it.
"I'm happy about my first born son Erion but I have psychological problems since the jackpot incident. I can't sleep anymore and I constantly think about the injustice I've experienced. I'm almost ruined. I'll always keep thinking about that day."
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