A New Mexico man has spoken of his anger after buying what appeared to be a winning lottery ticket worth more than $500,000 - only for officials to claim it was a misprint and refuse to honor it.
John Wines, who has recently retired, bought the New Mexico Lottery scratcher - featuring the winning numbers '1' and '2' - from a Shell gas station in Roswell, Chaves County, in December。
As he started scratching, he was stunned to come across two '1s' - both of which were worth $250,000. He later uncovered another '1' ($75) and two further '2s' ($500 and $50 respectively)。
Assuming that the scratcher's stated maximum prize of $250,000 was wrong, a delighted Mr Wines returned to the gas station to collect his winnings. However, he was told he had not won anything。
Instead, the female cashier explained that the 'winning' numbers were, in fact, double-figure numbers that had seen their right-hand-side numbers omitted as a result of a misprint by the lottery。
'I took it back in and she told me that is not a winner,' Mr WInes told KOB 4 News. 'They told me that it was a misprint and they don't pay off for misprints.'
Indeed, if you look closely at Mr Wines's ticket, you can see part of several numbers that are supposed to be next to the 1s and 2s. However, it is unclear what figures they are meant to be。