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Banned gambler has to give back $2,001 jackpot

Erie: A Pennsylvania man who won a USD 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.

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