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Mistake lottery ticket wins NJ man $1 million

Dec 7, 2016, 12:08 pm

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By Todd Northrop

LAKEWOOD, N.J. — A New Jersey man has won a multi-state Cash4Life prize worth $1 million because of a lottery ticket that was sold to him accidentally.

New Jersey Lottery officials reported the second-prize winning Cash4Life ticket was sold at Sam's Day & Nite Food Store, 1200 River Ave., and matched five numbers but not the Cash Ball in the Dec. 1 drawing. The winning numbers were were 17, 23, 30, 49 and 55. The Cash Ball drawn was 1, according to lottery officials.

The store owners said the man, 70-year-old Dante Castillo, won $1,000 a week for life, but his wife decided to claim the $1 million cash option. The convenience store will receive a $10,000 bonus check from lottery officials for selling the winning ticket.

Castillo generally picks his own numbers, but the clerk accidentally sold him one Quick Pick ticket — which turned out to be the winner. The couple claimed their winnings the next day at lottery headquarters in Lawrenceville.

Castillo told lottery officials he knew he won after checking the ticket but returned to the store to double check. He and his wife then drove to the lottery offices.

The odds of buying a second-prize ticket with a $2 ticket are 7,282,016 to 1, according to lottery officials. Drawings in the game, played in eight states including New Jersey, are held every Monday and Thursday.

In addition to New Jersey, Cash4Life also is played in Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia.

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Posted: December 7, 2016, 12:13 pm - IP Logged

In this case it was no mistake!

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    Posted: December 7, 2016, 12:23 pm - IP Logged

    I heard about this one yesterday.  THe clerk was supposed to give him a different ticket.  Yet the customer won that money. 

     

    Win win for both.  Wow.

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      Posted: December 7, 2016, 12:51 pm - IP Logged

       Another lottery mystery with wonderful results. Who knew?  The couple can now enjoy their twilight years a bit more comfortably. Blue Angel

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        Posted: December 7, 2016, 3:09 pm - IP Logged

        .

        Gee, gosh darn I wish I was that lucky.
        I don't even come close, at all.

        And, I've never been one of these 'mistake winners', in anything.

        • Don't chase the numbers you play.
        • Play only numbers you've already played, plus however many random picks.
        • But, ALWAYS the regular numbers you play.  This will make you a winner, not a chaser.
                   (so far, though, I've yet to win any significant lotto prize)
        • Oh, but always know where your tickets are, as well as your ticket's deadline.
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          Posted: December 7, 2016, 3:51 pm - IP Logged

          I'd claim the next day also, and probabably get there faster even though he's closer to HQ

          According to Google maps he's 69 minutes...and I'm 88 minutes from there...difference is I would not return to the store.

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            Posted: December 7, 2016, 3:51 pm - IP Logged

            In this case it was no mistake!

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            it was  $$$ LUCKKOMO  $$$ PartyDance

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              Posted: December 7, 2016, 4:03 pm - IP Logged
              Congratulation to the winner. That ticket was meant for him. Party
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                Posted: December 7, 2016, 4:27 pm - IP Logged

                Lucky fellow.  Now how many LP members will buy a ticket someone else didn't want?  I have on occasion hoping that it was the winner.


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                  Posted: December 7, 2016, 5:25 pm - IP Logged

                  Lucky fellow.  Now how many LP members will buy a ticket someone else didn't want?  I have on occasion hoping that it was the winner.

                  I always forget asking for mistake tickets but seeing how I almost always play online because of snotty clerks who give you the ol' up and down, there's virtually no chance of getting one in the first place.

                   

                  I was on vacation once in Ireland and (like in NYC I guess) 1 quick pick is actually 2 lines, so when I asked for 2 quick picks I got 4 lines, not too expensive,  so I said oh well I'll take it anyway and the clerk more or less REFUSED to sell me my own mistake ticket. I couldn't convince him that those 4$ weren't too bad. Maybe he wanted to win off of my mistake ticket. 

                  Anyway at least that ticket didn't win the jackpot, not sure if it won anything else. Another reason to play online.

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                    Posted: December 7, 2016, 5:56 pm - IP Logged

                    Can you play on-line in Deutschland???  Hope so.  It can be addicting!

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                      Posted: December 7, 2016, 6:01 pm - IP Logged

                      Congratulations Mr & Mrs Dante Castillo Party  LIVE it up and Enjoy.Banana

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                        Lucky fellow.  Now how many LP members will buy a ticket someone else didn't want?  I have on occasion hoping that it was the winner.

                        I have and never won with them JUNKDead

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                          Lucky fellow.  Now how many LP members will buy a ticket someone else didn't want?  I have on occasion hoping that it was the winner.

                          I have and never won with them JUNKDead

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                            Posted: December 7, 2016, 6:09 pm - IP Logged

                            .

                            Gee, gosh darn I wish I was that lucky.
                            I don't even come close, at all.

                            And, I've never been one of these 'mistake winners', in anything.

                            Cheer up Grumpy someday you might WIN BIG Dance

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