Empty jackpot

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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.

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