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New Jersey Seizes $70,000 In Ineligible Casino Jackpots

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has seized nearly $70,000 in jackpots won by gamblers who told Atlantic City casinos to keep them out.

The gamblers signed up for the state’s self-exclusion list. But sneaked inside anyway, gambled, won, and got caught, only to see the casinos seize their winnings.

The state Division of Gaming Enforcement approved the forfeitures on Nov. 28, but did not make its action public until Friday.

The biggest involved a player who won a jackpot of nearly $54,000 at Bally’s in April. Another won more than $13,000 at the Borgata.

The money will be split between programs to treat compulsive gambling, and a fund for transportation and prescription drugs for senior citizens.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • noname

    Concerned…..i agree, the Casino should also give them back the money they lost while in there as well.

    what a stupid idea self sign up is. how is this supposed the help gamblers? how is doing that going to be an incentive for others? can you even remove yourself from a list if you put your name on there in the first place?

  • Walljasper

    This would cure me fo’sho.

  • JH

    If you sign up for the exclusion list you are willingly saying you want to be turned away and will give up any winnings. If this changes you just apply the same way and take yourself off the list. You can’t have the rules on your side unless you’re able to follow them.

  • JC

    This seems to be total wrong….they signed themselves up for the self exclusion list…they obviously did not want to be excluded anymore and maybe did not want the help for gambling issues anymore. Why should the state be allowed to seize winnings?

  • Concerned NJ Citizen

    Do they get to recover what they gambled to win the $$$ – if they weren’t supposed to be in there in the first place it is only fair that the casinoes give them back their money as well.

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