Court rules against man who says casino wont pay slot winnings - Tuesday 12th of July 2005

A man who claims he won a $13.7 million jackpot from a slot machine only to have a Detroit casino refuse to pay the winnings lost an appeal Wednesday before the Michigan Court of Appeals.

Mark Cowsert sued Greektown Casino after it didnt pay him the winnings. The casino said the machine had malfunctioned.

The court, in a 3-0 decision, upheld a Wayne County judges ruling that Cowsert first must exhaust his remedies with the Michigan Gaming Control Board, which regulates the three Detroit casinos.

Greektown turned over the slot machine to the board. While the matter was pending before the board, Cowsert sued in Wayne County Circuit Court.

The court said the boards administrative rules allow it to award jackpot proceeds to casino patrons if they have a legitimate claim to a jackpot and the casino wrongfully tampered with the machine.

A Greektown spokesman withheld comment until he could review the ruling.

David Katzman, whose law firm represents Cowsert, said attorneys were considering whether to appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court.

"We want to advance the rights of a consumer to make sure his case is not lost in administrative procedures," Katzman said.

Cowsert alleges he won a jackpot of $13,757,317.37.

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