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Lottery ticket 'printing error' voids huge jackpot

Jan 8, 2009, 1:06 pm

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Ontario Lottery and Gaming CorporationOntario Lottery and Gaming Corporation: Lottery ticket 'printing error' voids huge jackpot

Man gets undisclosed settlement from Ontario Lottery — and apology

Other 'winners' not so lucky

Unlucky lotto "winner" Thomas Noftall may not have won the jackpot, but the 27-year-old will take home some cash from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. after all.

OLG offered Noftall an apology and an undisclosed financial settlement yesterday after a printing error on his lottery tickets led him to believe he had won $135,000.

Noftall and his lawyer met with lottery officials yesterday at OLG headquarters in Toronto. After the meeting, Noftall told reporters he is happy with the apology.

"I didn't get my dream, so I'm going to keep playing Lotto 6/49," Noftall said. "I can keep hoping, can't I?"

Noftall is one of 15 players who contacted OLG about the bogus win, although officials believe as many as 150 faulty tickets were purchased. No other players have been compensated, said OLG chief executive Kelly McDougald.

The gaming corporation compensated Noftall not because of the misprint, but because an OLG employee told him he could collect his winnings despite the error, McDougald said yesterday.

"It was a very unique situation with Mr. Noftall in that it was very explicit that we made direct miscommunication with him and that's what we're compensating for," said McDougald. "When he called into our call centre to inquire we gave him some wrongful information and that exacerbated his anxiety and pain and suffering."

Noftall bought several $3 Fruit Smash scratch tickets New Year's Eve and thought his dreams were coming true when four of them produced big prizes. Between the cards, Noftall thought he had won $135,000 in prizes.

The tickets were actually part of a batch of about 1,100 misprinted cards distributed to GTA retailers.

When Noftall realized something was wrong, he contacted OLG and a representative assured him he would get the money.

After reviewing the tape of that call, McDougald agreed Noftall was misled. "It's been a whirlwind for him the last seven days and he's quite happy that it's at an end," said Bryan McPhadden, Noftall's lawyer. "He's accepted the gracious apologies by OLG and is sufficiently happy with the result and he will continue to play OLG lotto tickets."

Toronto Star

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RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
United States
Member #9
March 24, 2001
20272 Posts

I wonder if they will also pay those winners who had misprinted tickets that looked like losers.

 * you don't need to buy every combination, just the winning ones * 

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    Perfecttiming2's avatar - redcross

    United States
    Member #65959
    October 11, 2008
    208 Posts

    I wonder if they will also pay those winners who had misprinted tickets that looked like losers.

    I wonder if the lottery staff member (who took the call) still has a job......

      ThatScaryChick's avatar - giphy11resized
      United States
      Member #56504
      November 21, 2007
      7860 Posts

      I wonder if they will also pay those winners who had misprinted tickets that looked like losers.

      Probably not.

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        diamondpalace's avatar - Untitled 2.jpg

        United States
        Member #60282
        April 12, 2008
        3857 Posts

        Purchased a ticket and did not win, that's the norm. When purchasing a winning ticket and later found out it was not, now, that's just some bad luck.

        Not sure why they did not sent out a recall for those misprint tickets before selling them. Like to ask all stores to check for them when opening a new pack. If the only way to check for them is by the number codes inside, then I guess it will lead to this kind of sitiuation...

          Los Angeles CA
          United States
          Member #55725
          October 16, 2007
          195 Posts

          It is stories like these why I never play scratcher's, seems like there is always controversy involved.


          "My dollar buys hope, what does yours do?"