By Todd Northrop
A Massachusetts man thought he won a $1 million lottery prize until he realized the ticket he had was a misprint.
Paul Pasquarosa of Boston, Massachusetts, was overjoyed when he learned that his Cashword scratch-off lottery ticket had matched three red words, which equals a million-dollar prize.
But luck for the father of two quickly faded when the ticket was determined to be defective.
Instead of becoming a millionaire, Mr. Pasquarosa was in possession of one of the 2,200 tickets for the game that had a misprint.
It was tough news for Mr. Pasquarosa, who is unemployed.
"I'm looking at it; I have three red words. It says three red words wins a million dollars. I called my son and told him things were gonna be OK," Pasquarosa said.
So he was devastated to find out he didn't win anything.
He had three red words — which equals a million on the prize key, but the ticket was defective.
Pasquarosa's lawyer, George Miller, took a look at the ticket. "At first glance I believe this gentleman won a million, but on a closer inspection I saw there was an offset in the printing. Mr. Pasquarosa was not just disappointed, but visibly ill."
Officials with the lottery confirmed that there was a printing error, and they had attempted to remove the 2,200 misprinted tickets from the circulation of 20 million for the game. Unfortunately for Mr. Pasquarosa, they apparently did not remove all the misprinted tickets.
Paul believes that one lesson to be learned from his experience is to always check your ticket before you leave the store. At the same time, he believes the lottery should take responsibility to selling defective tickets.
"Someone should be liable," Pasquarosa said. "They didn't do their job."
Paul's lawyer questioned, "Is this a situation where there are a lot of defects being put out by the lottery? If there is, should they be taking precautions to make sure they're not giving hope to individuals being solicited by the lottery?"
The Massachusetts Lottery is suggesting that anyone with a misprinted ticket should contact their Claims/Legal Department.