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Colorado newspaper prints wrong lottery results; couple thought they won

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Posted: April 13, 2011, 5:32 pm - IP Logged

They must have told more than a few people for it to become a news story (must be a slow news week, too). Around here, when the paper gets the numbers wrong, they print a correction -- there's no follow-up interviewing the thought-we-won's.

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    Posted: April 13, 2011, 5:32 pm - IP Logged

    The odds of winning any lottery are usually so outrageous that I would have thought that anyone would be so skeptical and in so much disbelief that they would do everything they could to verify from several sources that they actually were truly the winners.

    Apparantly not.

    As has been said: Validate Validate Validate

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      Posted: April 13, 2011, 10:48 pm - IP Logged

      I'm certain the Sprague's are not Lottery Post members.If they were,they would have known what to do. Ronald Reagan once said "Trust but verify".  Patriot

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        Posted: April 13, 2011, 11:47 pm - IP Logged

        I'm certain the Sprague's are not Lottery Post members.If they were,they would have known what to do. Ronald Reagan once said "Trust but verify".  Patriot

        He said a lot of things most politicians didn't have the cojones to say, especially to the Soviets.

        In Berlin he said "Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" and they did.

        He called them what they were - an "evil empire" that would wind up on the "ash heap of history" and they did.

        I miss The Gipper and sadly I don't see another one of his caliber comin' down the pike.


                                                     
                             
                                                 

         

         

         

         

                                                                                                           

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          Posted: April 14, 2011, 4:27 pm - IP Logged

          He said a lot of things most politicians didn't have the cojones to say, especially to the Soviets.

          In Berlin he said "Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" and they did.

          He called them what they were - an "evil empire" that would wind up on the "ash heap of history" and they did.

          I miss The Gipper and sadly I don't see another one of his caliber comin' down the pike.

          I Agree!Patriot

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            Posted: April 15, 2011, 10:45 pm - IP Logged

            It pays to doublecheck those lottery numbers — if you want to avoid heartache.

            A couple from Pueblo, Colo., found that out after they checked their tickets' numbers in the local newspaper. At first, Jim and Dorothy Sprague say, they experienced a lot of joy on Sunday morning when they looked in the Pueblo Chieftain to find that their numbers were winners.

            "I woke up and found out we were millionaires," Jim Sprague told NBC station KOAA.

            In his excitement, Sprague called his children to tell them he'd won the $4.3 million jackpot.

            Then came the disappointment: The newspaper had mistakenly published Friday's Matchplay numbers in place of Saturday's Colorado Lottery drawing.

            "We had told my son and my daughter, and we were getting ready to tell our other kids, but we found the mistake, that it was wrong," Sprague said. "It's a good thing that I didn't talk to too many people."

            The Spragues are able to laugh now but admit they're still a bit frustrated.

            The newspaper published a correction in Monday's paper, faulting the error on "misinformation and an oversight." Sprague said he decided not to push the issue and said the experience won't keep him from playing the lottery in the future.

            "I hope that I'll find the right numbers one of these days," he said.

            For the record, the Chieftain reported Monday, the correct numbers for the Colorado Lotto and Cash 5 drawn Saturday are:

            • Lotto:  3, 9, 19, 25, 28, and 34
            • Cash Five:  1, 5, 21, 26, and 31

            I would sue their asss

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              Posted: April 22, 2011, 4:54 pm - IP Logged

              This is why I would always check other sources to be sure I had won. I'd hate to think I won millions, get all excited and then find out later I hadn't. It would take seeing on both the main lottery site as well as the Texas Lottery site that there was a winner in my town to believe I won.

              Agreed.

              All things are possible to those that believe!!!!!!Wink

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                Posted: April 22, 2011, 8:37 pm - IP Logged

                A newspaper is THE LAST source I would trust for any accuracy.