2010-06-03 / Local & State

Man Who Hit Pa. Slots Jackpot Had Banned Self

ERIE, Pa. (AP) – A 55- year-old Waterford Township man who won a $2,001 slot machine jackpot at Erie’s Presque Isle Downs & Casino on Friday will forfeit the winnings, and be charged with trespassing, because he had previously banned himself from the casino under a state program to help problem gamblers.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board offers a self-exclusion program to problem gamblers. They can choose to ban themselves from casinos for one or five years, or for life.

Under the program, banned players are charged with criminal trespass if they enter a casino and must forfeit any winnings.

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