Lottery ticket with $500,000 prize was a "misprint"


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Wow, as far as finances go I don’t think someone could go though a more heartbreaking moment than realizing they aren’t getting $500,000 after winning the lottery.


I’m sure that the lawyers will be getting involved right about… now. Unless the Lottery is specifically immune from this kind of thing, I’m sure that he’ll find someone to take his case. Whether he’ll win is another matter, entirely.


“I did complete a reconstruction of your ticket and it was not a winner.”

WTF does that mean?

What exactly is the error??


I think that means they put it into Photoshop and changed all the bits that said $250,000 to “$0.00”.


Brings a whole new meaning to discount Wines…

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Presumably it’s the same deal as with fruit machines that need ‘calibration’ when they pay out in casinos, so no money for you, buddy.

The barcode probably defines what the ticket really is, and that’ll be tied to an algorithm that says whether it should be a winning ticket according to the lottery company.

Whatever happened to “Bank error in your favour, collect £10”?


Scratch tickets have a serial number/bar code that indicates whether the ticket is a winner or not- the remaining printing on the ticket is practically immaterial. So what the lottery guy means is the ticket’s serial number indicates it is not a winner. Either the lottery believes this is a master forgery by a completely incompetent fraudster, or some jackhole at the printer screwed up.

My first and last experience at a casino was with a mechanical slot machine. The wheels lined up to indicate a payout according to the key on the machine, but the machine didn’t pay out (It was a small jackpot, probably no more than $10). It just so happens that an employee walked by while I’m trying to figure out what to do, and she calmly points to a plaque that said the “casino is not responsible for machines that do not pay a jackpot”. She shrugged and walked away.

I assure you the lottery is immune. They own the politicians in every state they operate in. Oh no, I’m sorry, I mean they are “creating” many, many dollars for education!

In any event, this great innovation, now successfully tested, should pave the way to an even more lucrative lottery system! For education!

I do love the booby-prize, though. One Hundred Dollars!…worth of tickets which may or may not be winners, regardless of what they say on them.


If you look at the ticket, it’s clear that the 1 on the first line is actually part of a misprinted 18 and that the 1 on the second line is part of some other number as well. So it is clearly a misprint. I could understand not seeing the problem with the second 1 but the first 1 is pretty obvious.


Actually, now that you mention it, you’re right.

Or the error was: It wasn’t “randomly distributed” to the correct recipient.

the second number is 13, it’s why right below it is TH, I would have not thought it was a winner.

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I hope the ticket holder gets a lawyer who clearly and patiently explains to the New Mexico Lottery board that this particular flaw will cost them exactly $500,000.


Call me cynical, but it sounds like a story you’d tell someone before stealing the $500,000 they’d just won in a lottery.


Yeah, just lemme throw that loser out for ya, huh?

Perhaps inkjet printing shouldn’t be used for jobs with critical details. Or if it is the result could be checked with a scanner before coating.

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The payout should be reimbursed under their Errors and Omissions insurance. I used to work for an insurance company that underwrote prize contests for radio stations, hole-in-one prizes at golf competitions, etc.

The details are under NDA, but fuckups in the administration of prize drawings and lotteries are common enough that the underwriter of the contest routinely insures against the eventuality.

Of course, more common are fraud attempts, which is why ex-FBI make quite a nice living as internal fraud investigators at any big insurance company.

The misprint there is pretty obvious though.


Boy, the lottery commission could save a bundle if they did this with all the “winners.”


Christ what an asshole would appear to apply here.

I really wish the greedy SOBs who run state lotteries would just shut up and pay up for misprints.

It’s one thing when the consumer commits fraud by altering a ticket; rather another when it’s the vendor. AFAIK, IANAL, etc., but even in states where “not responsible for misprints in this advertised price…” is legal, why give your store – or lottery commission – a black eye like this?

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