American man sues lottery after being told he 'mistakenly' won $340m jackpot

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A man who thought he won a $340 million Powerball jackpot is suing the lottery after the game's administrators said their website "mistakenly" showed his numbers as the winning combination.

Washington resident John Cheeks bought a Powerball ticket on January 6, 2023. Although Cheeks didn't follow the next day's drawing, he saw his numbers posted on the lottery website two days later.

The numbers on his grepka were a combination of family birthdays and other numbers of personal significance. Speaking of NBC, Cheeks said, “I got a little excited, but I didn't yell, I didn't scream. I just politely called a friend. I took a picture as he recommended and that was it. I went to sleep."

But then things took a turn for the worse for Cheeks when he went to the Lottery and Gaming (OLG) office to redeem his ticket. Court documents state that administrators denied Cheeks' jackpot claim, saying in a letter to him: "The petitioner's prize claim was denied because the ticket was not valid as a winner from the OLG gaming system as required by the regulations."

Cheeks also said he received a strange request from an employee, who allegedly told him, “Hey, this ticket is no good. "Just throw it in the trash."

He still didn't throw away his ticket. Instead, he put it in a safe, found a lawyer, and now he's going to sue Powerball. Other defendants named in Cheeks' lawsuit are the Multistate Lottery Association and gaming contractor Taoty Enterprises.

In a court declaration, Taoti project manager Brittany Bailey said that on January 6, 2023, the company's quality assurance team was conducting testing on a task that involved changing the time zones for the Powerball website from Coordinated Universal Time to Eastern Standard Time. time.

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