MCKEE, BLAIR COUNTY - You know the saying if it's too good to be true, it probably is? Well one local man is learning that lesson the hard way.
Stephen Crum of Duncansville takes his chances at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh. In fact his hobby is the reason he won a brand new car from the gambling spot, but he didn't realize his prize would put him in the red instead of his time at the slots.
It was love at first sight for Crum.
“The sticker that was on the window covering the windshield said “win me at the Rivers Casino.” There was nothing else on there other than “win me” so what would you have thought,” Crum asked.
So when Crum was selected as the grand prize winner…
“They gave me a choice of three different cars and right from then I said this is the one,” Crum said.
If he didn't think the fully loaded inferno orange Chevrolet Camaro was coming home with him then, he probably did after the casino's next move.
“They had someone from their marketing department with a camera and said “come on, let's take a picture of you standing next to your new car,” so from that point on I assumed that this was my car,” Crum said.
But Crum’s joy didn't last long, once he talked to the Chevy dealer supplying the car.
“He said “no, you actually don't get a car like that,” Crum said.
Instead the agreement between the casino and the dealer was to give away a car like Crum’s love, except it was a base model worth thousands less. So he called up the casino...
“Basically they said “sorry, but you signed the paper accepting the base model car,” and I tried to tell them no, I did not sign that knowingly,” Crum said.
The casino fired back, saying Crum should have looked at the rules before signing the paper. Crum says there was just one problem.
“They actually had to call a supervisor down from the office to get a copy of the rules and regulations and photo copy it so it wasn't even something they had made readily available to the public,” Crum said.
You can see in our video Crum got the actual car that was at the casino. The only thing is he had to pay the difference out of his own pocket. He has hired an attorney and is planning on suing the Rivers Casino. A rep for the Rivers Casino said that the rules for the contest are published and state that the cars are standard models with no options included.