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Forgetful Punters are Losing out on Millions Every
From Claire Siblot.
Forgetful casino goers in Las Vegas have unwittingly
been responsible for filling the state government's
coffers to the tune of millions of dollars in unclaimed
casino winnings. Since Nevada introduced paper tickets
to replace machines churning out actual cash at slots
- aka pokies - and video lottery terminals, some gamblers
have been literally walking away from their winnings.
While some receipts for minimal wins can be put down
to punters feeling it isn't worth the effort to cash
in their relatively small winnings, a larger percentage
of unclaimed tickets are for sizeable jackpots. In
these cases, punters have either not realised they
are winners or simply left by accident.
Vegas Night Skyline" (CC BY 2.0) by Prayitno
The issue has been highlighted
by a report that found that almost $12 million
worth of winning ticket receipts went unclaimed at
casinos in Nevada during 2016, with more than $7 million
coming from the Las Vegas Strip. Tickets remain valid
for 180 days under a law passed by the state in 2011.
If they're not claimed, the money is then redistributed,
with 75% going to the government and the remaining
25% ending up back with the casino. In the five years
since those changes to the law, the state is now better
off to the tune of $35 million - this certainly makes
playing slots online look even more appealing than
it already was.
The world of online casinos has really seen slots
and pokies evolve dramatically over the past decade,
and punters are now able to not only learn how to
play different slots but also choose from an almost
endless range of options. There's more guidance too:
novice players can now watch this new
video tutorial that shows the best approach on how
to win at the pokies before going on to take their
pick from a huge selection of games, both casinos
classics and the latest releases. In the online casino
world, winnings are paid directly into a player's
account, so there is no danger of walking away from
a jackpot win. If you're as absent-minded as the Vegas
players discussed, you simply realize there's extra
cash in your account and check your winnings history.
In Vegas, all winning tickets are anonymous, making
it harder for punters to claim a missing ticket or
even for the casino to track them down. While some
players are signed up to loyalty or reward schemes
bigger Las Vegas casinos, and thus have shared
their personal details with the casino, the only other
way casino operators have of tracing the winner of
an unclaimed ticket is by trawling through hours and
hours of security camera footage, which is simply
not feasible. It ultimately benefits the casino if
they can't match a winning ticket with a visitor,
so it's no surprise so much money has been left unclaimed
on the casinos floors up and down the Las Vegas Strip
since the introduction of paper tickets.
While this is a relatively new issue for casino visitors,
it will be interesting to see whether or not this
will see even more punters make the switch from traditional
bricks-and-mortar locations to online casinos. As
well as offering all the games you'd expect to see
in a normal casino, online operators can play host
to a vast selection of different options that you
simply couldn't fit into even the biggest venue on
the Las Vegas Strip. And with so much security when
it comes to either making a bet or winning one, online
casinos will look even more appealing to those who
may have walked away from a winning ticket on their
last visit to a casino.
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