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American gambler wins $67m casino jackpot case in Vietnam

Published on Jan 8, 2013 2:18 PM

HANOI (AFP) - An American man who hit a US$55 million (S$67 million) jackpot on a slot machine in a five-star Vietnamese hotel has won his lawsuit against the casino after it refused to pay out, a court official said on Tuesday.

A court in southern Ho Chi Minh City found in favour of the gambler on Monday, the clerk told AFP on condition of anonymity, without providing further details.

Media reports said the hearing found that the man should be allowed to collect his winnings, which the casino said were more than one thousand times the supposed maximum from the machine and had been generated by a fault.

According to state-run Thanh Nien newspaper, the man - identified as Mr Ly Sam - saw the figure US$55,542,291.70 flash up as he played on the slot machine at the casino inside the city's luxury Sheraton hotel in October 2009.

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