Man Wins Half a Million Dollars in Lottery, Is Told Ticket Is a ‘Misprint’ and Not a Winner

John Wines, of Roswell, New Mexico recently experienced a lottery nightmare, after purchasing what he thought was a winning ticket.

While at a gas station last month, Wines bought a scratch card and was ecstatic when he discovered five winning numbers with the prize of $500,000.

Delighted and excited to claim his half a million dollars, Wines went back to the counter and was crushed to hear what the clerk had to tell him: New Mexico Lottery officials said the ticket was a misprint and not a winner.

The company said its maximum payout for that ticket was $250,000, but because of the mistake it was voided altogether.

After John contacted the firm they responded in an email saying, “We did find a flaw in that particular pack of tickets and it’s been reported to our printer,” the sender also said: “I did complete a reconstruction of your ticket and it was not a winner.”

The understandably frustrated Wines says “It’s like I told them, I didn’t misprint it. I bought the ticket in good faith thinking if I won I was going to get my money. And they told me no, they absolutely, positively told me no.”