Delores P. Banyai probably won't be resting her head on any Hilton
pillows in the near future, now that the $220,208 jackpot she won
and then lost is finally, officially gone for good.
The Atlantic City Hilton agreed last week to pay a $10,000 fine
for allowing under-age gambling as a result of the 1997 incident in
which Banyai, then 19, hit the hotel casino's slots for the
above-mentioned figure. When she was asked for proof of her age,
Banyai said she would get it from her room. She then sent down her
21-year-old boyfriend to collect her winnings.
Because shifts had changed, boyfriend David Baum dealt with a
different employee and the casino paid out an $11,000 installment.
But in what can only be described as a "Three's Company" moment,
the two employees ran into each other and compared notes. Banyai
and Baum were cooked geese. Theft charges against the unlucky
couple were dropped, though Banyai did get stuck with a $307 fine
for under-age gambling. You can't beat the house.