Banned gambler has to give back jackpot

May 25, 2010 10:43:10 AM PDT
A Pennsylvania man who won a $2,001 slot machine jackpot must forfeit the winnings and will be charged with trespassing, because he had previously banned himself from casinos under a state program for problem gamblers. State police have not identified the 55-year-old Waterford Township man who won the jackpot Friday at Erie's Presque Isle Downs & Casino.

Under the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board's self-exclusion program, problem gamblers can choose to ban themselves from casinos for one year, five years or for life. Banned players are charged with criminal trespass if they enter a casino and must forfeit any winnings. The money goes to a compulsive and problem gambler treatment fund.