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Bingo Winner Denied Jackpot Under Army Employee Rule

15 December 2000

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Dec. 15, 2000 – As reported by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin: "A Makaha man says the Army never told him he was ineligible to participate in bingo games at the Waianae Army Beach Club and that it illegally took away his $1,500 jackpot.

"Asa Durrett hit the jackpot on Nov. 19, but on Dec. 4, the Army placed a stop payment on a check it issued because of a complaint citing an Army regulation prohibiting employees and their family members from playing bingo, said 1st Lt. Brian Miles, spokesman for the Army. Durrett's wife, Cynthia, is a cashier at the club.

"…Although employees were told by Gazman in May that they could not participate in the bingo games, `no mention of the employee family members was made at the time,' Miles said.

"The Durretts want the Army to hand over the prize money or reimburse Asa Durrett all the money he has spent playing bingo for the past five years.

"…Although the Army does charge $18 for dinner and bingo, Miles said the bingo games are open to patrons who want to just play. `Bingo is just the entertainment, he said.

"…[Cynthia Durrett] told the Star-Bulletin that the bingo games haul in anywhere from $4,000 to $8,000 a night. `With the $18 dinner packet, you get a packet of six cards that allows you to play 10 games,' she said. `Each extra packet costs $15 and gives you nine more cards and 10 more games to play.'…"

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