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Should he get the prize money? UPDATES WITH PIC THANKS TO ANON 7

Posted by on Jan. 6, 2015 at 7:53 PM
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(CNN)Playing the lottery has always been something fun to do for retiree John Wines. So when the New Mexico native went to a gas station to purchase his weekly Powerball ticket, on one particular Saturday in December, he sprung for a scratch-off ticket, too.

"You only live once, right?" he said.

The winning numbers printed at the top of the scratch-off were two and one.

Wiles said he was in shock when he scratched off five of them, his winnings totaling more than $500,000. The amount confused him, he said, because the maximum prize on the ticket is $250,000.

Still, he said, he "thought [he] won big!"

But when he took the ticket to the store where he bought it, the store clerk put the ticket in a scanner that said Wines wasn't a winner after all.

Wines called the New Mexico Lottery Commission, which confirmed the ticket was a misprint.

Wines' fun hobby had now become the cause of an emotional roller coaster.

He reached out to the New Mexico Lottery Commission, hoping it might honor the ticket. But it only thanked him for calling to attention the misprint and offered him $100 in lottery bucks.

Wiles said it felt like a "brick to the head."

"That's a far cry from $500,000, don't you think?" he said.

Wiles said the money is important to him, but "it's the principle of the thing," that bothers him most.

"I'm an honest person," he said, "It's just not right."
by on Jan. 6, 2015 at 7:53 PM
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paTrollDog
by Ruby Member on Jan. 6, 2015 at 7:54 PM
That's very unfair. But it wouldn't be "the world we live in" otherwise.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Jan. 6, 2015 at 7:55 PM
Lottery. Poor people tax.
No, they should not honor the ticket.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Jan. 6, 2015 at 7:58 PM
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Sorry Charlie if Wal-Mart posts the wrong price they have to sell it for that.He should get at least half.JMO

 

Zazayam
by Ruby Member on Jan. 6, 2015 at 7:59 PM
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I think so. Accidents happen, but accidents can also be quite expensive. Their fault, they should honor the ticket.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Jan. 6, 2015 at 8:00 PM
You have to honor what you put out there. You're responsible for it whether you meant it or not.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 4 on Jan. 6, 2015 at 8:00 PM
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Yes he should get it.

I saw this on my news feed earlier and my reply was aliens.... I mean he bought it in roswell.... Coincidence? I think not!!
Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Jan. 6, 2015 at 8:01 PM
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I think he should consult an attorney.
lexiloo714
by Platinum Member on Jan. 6, 2015 at 8:07 PM
Yes he should get it. That's completely unfair
Roxygurl
by Sapphire Member on Jan. 6, 2015 at 8:15 PM
Me too

Quoting Anonymous 3: I think he should consult an attorney.
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notjstasocermom
by Sapphire Member on Jan. 6, 2015 at 8:16 PM
Yes, what they are doing is bullshit
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