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Iowa Supreme Court Rules Against Gambler In Jackpot Case

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A gambler in Iowa has been told by the state Supreme Court that he is out of luck. The gambler was attempting to collect on a jackpot he hit at the Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Altoona.

Troy Blackford had been banned by the casino almost a decade ago. With all of the time that had passed, Blackford must have thought that the limitations on his ban had expired. On May 5th, 2006, Blackford went back to the casino.

While there, the gambler hit a jackpot of $9,387. When he went to collect his money, the casino issued him a W-2 form for tax purposes. Once they issued the form, officials from the casino realized that Blackford had been banned back in 2006.

The case has been in the court system in Iowa for several years. First, a Polk County district court ruled that the casino could confiscate the winnings. The gambler appealed, and the Iowa Court of Appeals reversed the decision.

Next, the casino appealed the case to the Supreme Court, and the higher court ruled in favor of the casino. Casino officials now believe that a message has been sent to others who are banned from the establishment.

Blackford was originally banned for hitting and damaging a slot machine. He pleaded guilty to criminal mischief and paid a fine. Soon after, Blackford was found in the casino, and was charged with trespassing. Again, he pleaded guilty and paid a fine.

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