$17,000 found on casino floor

Ever dropped some loose change and thought “Ah, it’s only a couple of pence” and not bothered to pick it up? Well, next time you do, you may want to think again.

As construction workers began clearing up the Sands Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in preparation for its demolition, they found the staggering amount of $17,193.34 in loose change on the casino floor, mostly in and around the slot machines.

The casino, which is due to be demolished later this year and to be replaced by a $1.5 billion gambling hall, is owned by the Las Vegas-based Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. The money is rightfully theirs although New Jersey will still recoup the 8% casinos normally pay on gamblers losses.

The 2,350 slot machines in the casino had not been moved for 26 years so casino officials expected to find some odd change lying about. However, they did not anticipate that so much would be found. Most expected less than $8,000.

“We never expected this much,” said Carmen Gonzalez, a spokeswoman for Pinnacle Atlantic City. “It was just shocking.”

Somehow, money even managed to get under the carpet.

“Some of the coins we had to pry up,” Gonzalez said.

“They were stuck to the floor, they had been there so long. They were real gunky and dirty, and had become like part of the cement. We had to dig them out of the floor with a knife.”

So, next time you are in a casino and drop some change, be sure to be pick it up. You never know what else you might find.

Editor, Jackpot.co.uk - 2007-04-05 10:29:20




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