Faulty winning lottery ticket disappoints truck driver
A truck driver lost what he thought was a winning ticket in North Carolina earlier this month.
Truck driver James Kinard was in Statesville, North Carolina when he decided to play the 50X multiplier game, where winning numbers are printed on tickets and players know immediately if they’ve won.
“I didn’t look at my ticket right away,” Kinard said, but a few days later checked the ticket to find a 3, one of the winning numbers.
“I became happy and said, ‘Hey, hey, hey! … Thank God !’ Kinard told the Concho Valley homepage.
“I see there was $500 under the 3. That’s a 50 times multiplier, so by my calculations it’s $25,000,” he said.
But when he went to cash the ticket, the barcode came back defective.
“She looks at it and says, ‘Hmm, that’s supposed to be a winner, but it’s not sweeping like a winner,'” Kinard said.
The lottery office was later notified of the problem and determined that a problem with the printer had created an accidental mark that obscured a number that should have been in front of the 3.
“The black line that runs unfortunately along the side of the ticket obscures the first winning number and makes it appear as a ‘3’,” lottery spokesman Van Denton said.
“The lottery certainly understands Mr. Kinard’s question about this ticket. We regret that the printing issue created the impression of a winning ticket when it was not,” Denton wrote. “The lottery would gladly pay a prize to Mr. Kinard if the review determined that he was a legitimate winning ticket.”
“It’s something in the printer,” Kinard said. “[The ticket] was not torn or damaged at all.”