ROSWELL, New Mexico -- A New Mexico man who thought he won big with a scratch card has been told it was a misprint.
In December, John Wines bought a scratch-off lottery ticket at a gas station in Roswell, New Mexico.
As John started scratching, he came across not 1,2,3 or 4 - but 5 winning numbers, totaling over $500,000. However, the maximum prize for the ticket is $250,000.
John thought he hit the big one, but he says when he went to the gas station to get his money, it didn’t work.
“I took it back in and she told me that is not a winner,” said Wines. “They told me that it was a misprint and they don’t pay off for misprints.”
John says he contacted the New Mexico Lottery who replied in an email saying, “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.”
“I mean, if you thought you won $500,000 and somebody tells you that you didn’t, and you can prove to them you did, it’s pretty stressful for somebody to say, ‘no you’re not getting your money,'” said Wines. “If it was $50 or $75, I would not think a thing about it. But this is $500,000. That’s a half million.”
According to KOB, the New Mexico Lottery offered him $100 in lottery tickets.