Canadian Lottery Player Misses Jackpot by Seconds (because machine was slow)

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Now, here is one of the most amazing stories I have ever heard. And, for the player actually involved in the story, one of the most frustrating ever, I would imagine.

A Canadian man missed by seconds becoming a multi-millionaire, but he’s not taking this sitting down. No, he’s going to court to claim his windfall.

Here are the facts as I know them.

The man (he shall be nameless) bought a lottery ticket one night at 8:59 p.m., but Loto-Québec’s computers processed and printed it only after the draw’s deadline at 9 p.m.

It turned out to be a winning ticket ” but it popped out of the machine too late. Now, the player is suing Quebec’s lottery corporation for $13.5 million, saying that the machine’s time lag cost him his share of the $27 million prize.

“I played by their rules. I purchased a ticket prior to 9 p.m. It’s not my fault their technology is slow,” he said.

It all began in May when he drove to the Dairy Queen near his home in suburban Dollard-des-Ormeaux for an ice cream. Realizing there was a Super 7 grand prize draw that night, he went into a convenience store in the strip mall to try his luck.

It was 8:59 p.m., and ticket sales for the draw continued until 9 p.m.

He asked the storeowner if he still had time to buy tickets. Mr. Iranpur checked the clock. It read 8:59 p.m.

The player entered two ticket requests into the terminal.

The first ticket came out at 8:59. The second ticket, however, didn’t come out until seven seconds after 9 p.m., making it eligible for the next draw.

The next morning, the player checked the lottery numbers in the newspaper. He was elated for a few seconds when he realized he held a winning combination of seven numbers for the previous night’s draw.

But the numbers were on the second ticket ” the one issued after 9 p.m.

“I was in shock, in total shock,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it. I started to scream.”

Someone else also held the winning numbers and was awarded the entire $27 million prize. The player says he’s owed half of it, so he’s claiming $13.5 million in his suit.

The technicians at the lottery testified in a deposition that because of the large jackpot prize the night in question, strong demand probably pushed the processing delay to 10 seconds, the claim states.

“The consumer is not responsible for the delays relating to the printing of the ticket,” said the player’s lawyer. “He acquired the ticket prior to the 9 p.m. deadline. It’s just crazy.”

Loto-Québec refused to comment on the case because it is before the courts.

We’ll let you know how it all turns out.

I’d like to hear what YOU think about this? Thoughts?

By the Numbers;

No jackpot winner in Powerball last night, so the jackpot jumps to $20 million on Saturday. The winning numbers were 11,26,31,34,52 and Power ball 14. The Power Play multiplier was 2.

Two tickets matched the first five numbers and won $200,000 each. Those tickets were bought in Minnesota and Pennsylvania.

Friday night’s Mega Millions jackpot is $111 million.
Friday night’s Euro Millions jackpot is 26 million Euros.

Good luck, players.

And again, my best holiday wishes to you all.

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