Vietnamese-American's suit to claim $55.5 mln jackpot at Sheraton casino to go to trial

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A Ho Chi Minh City court will begin hearing a Vietnamese-American's lawsuit against a local five-star hotel, demanding it pay him a US$55.5 million jackpot he won in its casino.

An earlier trial five months ago by the District 1 People's Court was halted since the judges wanted to further study the complaint made by Ly Sam, 60, against Dai Duong Joint-Venture Company, which owns Sheraton Saigon, VnExpress reported Tuesday.

Sam said that on October 25, 2009, he had bet $300 on a slot machine at the hotel's Palazzo Club, and was informed he had won a jackpot worth more than $55.5 million.

Sam asked the club manager to give him a written acknowledgement, but was refused, so he photographed the result on the machine and asked other customers to sign off as witnesses.

Since the club flatly refused to pay him the money, Sam wrote to Dai Duong Company, which also manages the club.

But the company too refused to pay, saying the result was invalid since there were problems with the machine.


$55.5 million jackpot lawsuit delayed

Sam said Dai Duong had the machine checked by a foreign quality verification organization, and later claimed that the machine was only programmed to pay a maximum jackpot amount of $46,000.

But he said the checks were not done in the presence of any related people or agencies.

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