Man's two winning lotto tickets said to be "misprints"

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by John Cuoco

 MILWAUKEE- Ivory Mitchell thought he had two $1,000 dollar winning crossword scratch tickets back on July 20th.

When he tried to cash them in, he was told there was an error and that the tickets were misprints.

He thinks the Wisconsin Lottery should pay up for a mistake they made.

He was told to fill out a claim form and that he would have to wait 30 days to hear if they would honor the tickets.

CBS 58 asked the Wisconsin Lottery about this and they sent this statement:

"The Wisconsin Lottery was made aware of a vendor error on July 18 in which the overlay of the $2 Crossword scratch game did not match the letters underneath.  This was an isolated case within this particular crossword game.

 While this affected game play, it would not affect if someone won, as determined by a scan of the ticket.

 This one batch of tickets began to be distributed to retailers on July 16.  When the Lottery was informed of the incorrect overlay, Lottery staff contacted retailers to stop selling tickets in the affected range and stopped subsequent distribution.

 Per Game Rules, the Lottery has notified retailers expressing that they will reimburse all players of this $2 Crossword game the cost of the ticket they purchased.  To receive reimbursement or claim a winning ticket, players must sign the ticket, fill out the claim form, and mail in the ticket along with the claim form to the address on the ticket.  Retailers can also directly reimburse.  

Wisconsin has not experienced similar vendor printing errors in the past."

 

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