ROSWELL, N.M. — A New Mexico man thought he hit it big on a lottery ticket, but lottery officials say it was a mistake.
In December, John Wines bought a scratch-off lottery ticket at a gas station in Roswell, N.M.
As he started scratching, he came across multiple winning numbers, totaling more than $500,000. But the maximum prize for the ticket is $250,000.
“There’s one right here for $250,000,” Wines said. “Right below that is another one and it’s a $250,000 winner.”
Wines 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,” Wines said. “They told me that it was a misprint and they don’t pay off for misprints.”
Wines contacted the New Mexico Lottery, which said in an email: “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 begs to differ.
“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,’” Wines said. “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 did offer him $100 in lottery tickets.