Whoops! Casino bill changer delivers unbeatable odds - Saturday 12th of March 2005

When casino customers find out that a machine is paying off, they'll keep playing it. But it was no gamble recently at Bluffs Run casino in Council Bluffs when a bill changer began spitting out $100 bills instead of 20s. Customers walked away with almost $47,000 extra . According to state records, casino employee Judith Roederer-Dillard mistakenly placed the $100 bills in one of the casino's bill changers at about 5 a.m. Dec. 18 . After that, customers who inserted $100 bills in anticipation of receiving five 20s instead got five 100s. Employees were oblivious to the problem. "It went on for about six hours," said the casino's finance director, Janae Sternberg , who testified at Roederer-Dillard's recent unemployment-benefits hearing. "You know, some of the guests had figured out that there was a malfunction and they went back - over and over and over." Sternberg said the machine was shut down and its contents counted, turning up a $46,640 shortage. Casino spokeswoman Christie Scott said Thursday that the casino reviewed surveillance videotapes to try to recover some of the money, but had little luck in identifying recipients of the extra cash. Roederer-Dillard, of Omaha, was fired one week after the incident. Administrative Law Judge Teresa K. Hillary ruled that while the casino might have had a reason to fire Roederer-Dillard, there was no evidence of deliberate misconduct. She was awarded full benefits.

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