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Old 01-03-2015, 07:19 PM
 
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A New Mexico man thought he won big bucks on a lottery scratcher only to find out it was a misprint. In December, John Wines bought a scratch-off lottery ticket at the Shell gas station in Roswell.

The winning numbers were 1 and 2.

As John started scratching, he came across not 1,2,3 or 4 - but 5 winning numbers, totaling over $500,000.

If you look closely at the ticket, you can see part of a number that’s supposed to be next to the 1’s, but it’s very faint and you can’t tell what it is.

“There’s a 1 right here for $250,000,” said Wines. “Right below that is another 1 and it's a $250,000 winner."

But there was a problem - the maximum prize for the ticket is $250,000.

Down below is another 1 for $75, a 2 for $500, and another 2 for $50.

John says he thought he hit the big one. But he says when he went to the gas station to get his money, it didn’t work.

"I took it back in and she told me that is not a winner," said Wines. "They told me that it was a misprint and they don't pay off for misprints."

John says he contacted the New Mexico Lottery who replied in an email saying, “We did find a flaw in that particular pack of tickets and it’s been reported to our printer. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I did complete a reconstruction of your ticket and it was not a winner.”

John begs to differ.

"I mean, if you thought you won $500,000 and somebody tells you that you didn't, and you can prove to them you did, it's pretty stressful for somebody to say, 'no you're not getting your money,'" said Wines.

John says he just retired and $500,000 would be nice.

“If it was $50 or $75, I would not think a thing about it,” said Wines. “But this is $500,000. That's a half million."

The New Mexico Lottery did offer him $100 in lottery tickets.

“It’s like I told them, I didn't misprint it,” said Wines. “I bought the ticket in good faith thinking if I won I was going to get my money. And they told me no, they absolutely, positively told me no."
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Old 01-03-2015, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY.
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Cool story, bro.
But where is the link?
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Old 01-03-2015, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Keller, TX
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Cool story, bro.
But where is the link?
The links are here.

Last edited by Nepenthe; 01-03-2015 at 09:59 PM..
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Old 01-03-2015, 09:01 PM
 
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Originally Posted by Mr.Gomar Holnyuk View Post
Cool story, bro.
But where is the link?
Here's the link
Roswell man told $500k winning lottery ticket a 'misprint' | KOB.com
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Old 01-03-2015, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, not Paris. #MAGA.
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Eh, no story here. A faded number isn't the same as a misprinted ticket where the number is completely missing. Moreover, he's trying to claim an amount beyond the published allowable amount for winnings for this particular game (insane?). He didn't win and should move on.
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Old 01-03-2015, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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In this state, there's an abbreviated spelling of the number just under the scratched-off number. That eliminates any confusion about (or tampering with) the numbers.
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Old 01-03-2015, 11:12 PM
 
Location: NWA/SWMO
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That sucks.
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Old 01-03-2015, 11:16 PM
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Not surprised really, the state doesn't have the money to pay the man and it's the state, they aren't accountable for anything.
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Old 01-04-2015, 01:47 AM
 
Location: Purgatory
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In this state, there's an abbreviated spelling of the number just under the scratched-off number. That eliminates any confusion about (or tampering with) the numbers.
I think there is in almost all states.

I see the letters in that picture too- for thirteen and eighteen. Looks like a half a number to me in one and the other one is missing.

Anyways, what a bummer for the "winner.:
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Old 01-05-2015, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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Not surprised really, the state doesn't have the money to pay the man and it's the state, they aren't accountable for anything.
You know that nothing in your statement is correct, right? It was a misprinted ticket. If it had been a winning ticket, he would have been paid. But it wasn't, hence the definition of the word "misprint".
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