Sore Losers Breaking Slot Machines at Aqueduct Racino, Officials Say
OZONE PARK — Talk about sore losers!
By contrast, only 19 people have been arrested for larcenies such a pickpocketing, and another 19 have been arrested for assault at the racino, which pulled in a whopping $57.5 million in slot machine revenue in May, the most in the country, officials said.
"I lost $300 without a bonus, so yes, I broke the machine," said one man, George Govan, 56, after he was arrested for punching a terminal in January, according to the New York Times, which first reported the story. Govan pleaded guilty and was sentenced in 90 days in jail.
Patrons that break machines are first offered the chance to pay for the damages with a check or money order and the police are only called if the person refuses.