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Posted: January 05, 2015

Lottery tells man his $500,000 winning ticket was a 'misprint'

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

ROSWELL, New Mexico —

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New Mexico resident John Wines thought he had hit it big when the scratch-off lottery ticket he bought at a Shell gas station in Roswell turned up five winning numbers  adding up to more than $500,000 in prizes.

But when Wines returned to station to collect, he was told the ticket was a “misprint” and would not be paid. (Source:

Really? A misprint? Wines said he contacted the New Mexico Lottery and they stuck to the misprint story in their response:

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“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.””

Wines said he recently retired and would have liked the $500,000, and the lottery’s offer of $100 in lottery tickets to make up for their error doesn’t seem fair since he “bought the ticket in good faith.”



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