Woman to get full casino winnings after all

The hawker who ignited a media brouhaha after being denied of her jackpot winnings worth $410,000 by Marina Bay Sands (MBS) will be getting it in full after all.

The casino had initially refused to pay Ms Choo Hong Eng the 'cash bonus' of $416,742.11 that was displayed on the slot machine's screen on Oct 18, saying that the machine had a cash limit of $50,000, and the message was due to a malfunction.

It offered to pay her $50,000 and give her a sports car worth $258,962.

It all began when the one-armed bandit she had parked herself at lit up, showing her that she had won over $400,000. But a casino employee told her it was an error.

Unhappy at not being given her full winnings, the vegetarian food stall hawker, went to the extent of hiring a lawyer to fight her case. She also complained to the Casino Regulatory Authority (CRA).

MBS' offer came before CRA has issued its decision. Ms Choo has since withdrawn her complaint, according to The Straits Times.

Ms Choo said she will be donating all of her winnings to various charities, including the Ren Ci Hospital, the National Kidney Foundation and the Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital.