Christmas arrived early for a New Zealand woman this year, or so she thought. The woman was playing a land slot in Dunedin, New Zealand when it briefly showed a $A 36 million jackot hit…but she then found the machine was faulty and she had really won only $A 420.
 
Otago mental health worker Verna Brown said that for ” a brief, wonderful moment” she thought she was a multi-millionairess after feeding $A 11.75 (NZ$ 14) into the poker machine at the Law Courts Hotel in Dunedin on New Zealand's South Island. But a malfunction light was flashing on the machine and rather than call in the receivers, the hotel called a technician.
 
Brown thought she had won nearly $A36 million ($NZ42million) – and even fielded a light-hearted marriage proposal from a fellow pokie player.
 
She said: "I went up to the bar and said, ‘I just won $42 million' – I think the bar lady thought that I had had a few," she told the Otago Daily Times.
 
Hotel co-owner Eric Olsen said: "When I saw it, I thought I would have to sell the hotel and mortgage myself for 200 years!"
 
The faulty parts were sent back to the Japanese manufacturer and two-and-a-half weeks later unlucky Verna was told the truth – there was no instant fortune in her future.
 
However, she insists she has no need for the millions and was happy with her $A420 ($NZ500).