Casino Gives Cash Prize to Woman Who Lost Car

Thursday, Jun 26, 2014  |  Updated 3:59 PM EDT
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Casino Gives Cash Prize to Woman Who Lost Car

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The last 48 hours have been quite a roller coaster for Rachel Marom. She’s won a car, lost a car, and now is $14,000 richer all thanks to a contest at the Mardi Gras Casino.

Marom’s story started Tuesday night when she won a new 2014 Fiat at the casino. But, when she didn’t produce hard copies of her identification; the car was taken away and given to someone else.

Marom didn’t carry hard copies of her ID because she was robbed a few years ago and said it was a lot of trouble to replace them. So she carries copies of her identification now. But, the Mardi Gras Casino said legally, they couldn’t give her the car because she didn’t have an original form of ID with her.

“They said, oh, those are copies,” Marom said the casino told her. “We don’t accept copies. I said, ‘What do you mean you don’t accept copies? This is my name, my address, my date of birth.’”

Marom said she lived nearby and asked to go home to get the hard copies the casino requested. But she said she never got the chance. But, after hiring an attorney and getting her story heard on NBC 6, the casino decided to go all-in to make a frequent customer happy.

“Because of certain situations that we had to look into a little bit further; we did decide to present her with the cash value of the prize we were giving away,” said Lisa Mizrachi of the Mardi Gras Casino.

So, Marom is now $14,000 richer, which was the cash value of the prize she lost out on over the ID. She’s also a lot happier and ready to take her business back to the casino. As for what she plans to do with the money, she said she will travel a bit and pay her debts a little.

Rachel said that even if she had won the car, she still would have opted for the cash.

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