After Hoagland won her big payout, it was discovered that she’s on Pennsylvania’s five-year self-exclusion list. The 34-year-old was cited for criminal trespassing and had to forfeit her entire $3k jackpot afterward.
According to the Pennsylvania state gaming board, people must request to be put on the self-exclusion list. Once they do this, they are banned from:
– Entering casinos
– Participating in legalized gaming
– Collecting winnings or recovering losses from legal casino games
– Receiving complimentary gifts and bonuses from a licensed gaming establishment.
By entering into the self-exclusion agreement for five years, Hoagland voluntarily gave up her rights to play slots and other casino games. She also agreed not to enter any casino period, while risking trespassing if she did so. That said, it’s entirely understandable that she had to forfeit her big slot win as a result.
Of course, based on the results, Hoagland is probably kicking herself because she could have been over $3,000 richer if she hadn’t done so. But on the other hand, problem gambling is a very serious dilemma. So, despite the latest incident, it’s good that Hoagland put herself on the self-exclusion list to begin with.
Fortunately, the vast majority of slots players are able to control their urges and play within a safe bankroll range. European research suggests that only 0.5% to 3.0% of all gamblers are in the problem category. But for this small percentage, it’s good that self-exclusion programs exist in many casino jurisdictions to help prevent compulsive gambling.