American Powerball winner denied jackpot due to technical error

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A Washington DC guy who thought he won a lottery worth $340m (£270m) has sued Powerball and the DC Lottery, who argue they published his numbers by error.
A Washington DC guy who thought he won a lottery worth $340m (£270m) has sued Powerball and the DC Lottery, who argue they published his numbers by error.

A Washington DC guy who thought he won a lottery worth $340m (£270m) has sued Powerball and the DC Lottery, who argue they published his numbers by error.

Initial Joy Turns to Disappointment:

John Cheeks experienced a rollercoaster of emotions when he discovered that the winning numbers for the Powerball lottery matched those on his ticket in January 2023. 

However, his excitement quickly turned to disbelief when his claim for the jackpot was rejected by the Office of Lottery and Gaming (OLG).

Persistence and Legal Action:

Despite being told to discard his ticket, Mr. Cheeks refused to give up. He sought legal representation and is now taking legal action against the lottery for damages.

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His lawsuit demands the full Powerball jackpot, totaling $340 million, along with accrued interest.

Technical Error and Confusion:

According to court documents, a technical error occurred on the day Mr. Cheeks purchased his ticket. 

Test Powerball numbers were accidentally posted on the lottery website, matching Mr. Cheeks’ ticket. These erroneous numbers remained online for three days, leading to confusion and disappointment for Mr. Cheeks.

Claims of Negligence and Emotional Distress:

Mr. Cheeks’ lawsuit accuses Powerball and Taoti Enterprises, a lottery contractor, of multiple counts, including breach of contract, negligence, infliction of emotional distress, and fraud. 

His lawyer argues that the erroneous posting constitutes gross negligence, entitling Mr. Cheeks to the entire jackpot or substantial damages.

Questions of Integrity and Accountability:

Richard Evans, Mr. Cheeks’ lawyer, emphasizes the broader implications of the case, raising concerns about the integrity and accountability of lottery operations. 

He stresses the importance of safeguards against errors that can have life-changing consequences for lottery players.

Seeking Justice and Reliability:

In a statement, Mr. Evans underscores the significance of the lawsuit in questioning the reliability of institutions that promise life-changing opportunities. 

He emphasizes the need for accountability in lottery operations, particularly when such errors can have profound impacts on individuals’ lives.

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