Sunday, June 29, 2014
Too Bad, Too Sad
From the North Jersey.com: A million-dollar lottery ticket sold in Mahwah is buried somewhere in a Canadian landfill, say two men who claim they bought it, threw it away and are now suing the Lottery Commission to try to get the money.
Salvatore Cambria and Erick Onyango, of Suffern, N.Y., say they threw the Powerball ticket away because they thought it was a loser after checking the winning numbers on the lottery’s website — which, they claim, hadn’t been updated.
This wasn’t just any Powerball drawing: It was the $338 million jackpot from March 23, 2013, won by Passaic resident Pedro Quezada. Quezada won the grand prize by getting every number right, including the Powerball.
Cambria said his ticket had every correct number except the Powerball, a combination that would have won him the consolation prize of $1 million.
The men say the lottery doesn't have to take their word on this. News reports at the time of the drawing document that a Mahwah 7-11 sold a $1 million winner that was unclaimed. And Cambria and Onyango believe there is an easy way to prove they had the winner.
The ticket was one of three that Onyango says he purchased that day at the 7-Eleven. He kept the first and third tickets for himself and gave the middle one — the one he says is the winner — to Cambria.
Unlike Cambria, who threw out his ticket as soon as he thought it was a loser, Onyango held on to his two....
It’s now been more than a year since the drawing. The men filed their lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Trenton on Tuesday demanding the million-dollar prize and arguing that the lottery was at fault for failing to update its website in a timely way.
In an interview on Wednesday, Cambria said he asked Onyango the night of the drawing to check the lottery’s website for the winning Powerball numbers. This was several minutes after the 11 p.m. drawing, Cambria said. But the numbers that Onyango read, they learned later, were from the previous drawing.
“So I took my ticket, which was worth a million dollars, and I put it in a cigarette pack and put it in the garbage in my bedroom,” Cambria said. http://www.northjersey.com/news/two-men-say-they-threw-away-a-1m-lottery-ticket-sue-nj-to-collect-1.1041330?page=all
Sorry while everything they said may be true, they still threw out the ticket and the ticket is needed to claim the prize. It's pretty clear in the rules that you need to produce the winning ticket.
Just a waste of the court's time with Dumb and Dumber.