|Posted: October 23, 2007, 6:49 pm - IP Logged|
The ticket is an obvious fake...and a really bad one as well. All NY instant games only have 3 validation codes for all prize levels (including top prizes). There is no such thing as a 4-letter validation code on any NY instant ticket. This person obviously didn't know this fact and thought that if they just attached two tickets...one half, which contained the winning number, and the other, containing the matching number w/ prize, they would be set.
In addition, all NY instant tickets alternate between red and blue lines in the actual play area. No single ticket can have blue AND red lines showing.
Here's what I think probably happened: The person bought a couple of consecutive Blue Moon Bucks instant game tickets from the machine. Let's say they were ticket numbers 229, 228, and 227. All the tickets were losers, but they noticed that ticket 229 had a 'Winning Number' 13 and ticket 228 had a 'Your Number' 13 on top of the $25,000. This is very common by the way with the way these instant tickets work. They make you think you are really close to winning....just one off.
Feeling frustrated this person probably thought, 'if only I had the Winning Number from this ticket was on the next ticket, it would be a winner.' It's wishful thinking.
Here is where splicing the two tickets came into play. However, I'm sure if you scan the bar code as well, it will not validate.
It's nice to dream though. :)