Lotto Sends Out Wrong Number

The winning Fantasy 5 numbers released by the California Lottery were “only 80 percent correct”

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    A Fantasy 5 ticket that was purchased at the San Diego County Fair has still not been claimed

    Hopefully you didn't throw away this ticket.

    The numbers given out via a California Lottery press release last week for a four-month-old Fantasy 5 ticket purchased at the San Diego County Fair were “only 80 percent correct,” according to an email from the California Lottery.

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    Lottery officials report they accidentally sent out the wrong winning numbers.

    When the ticket went unclaimed, the lottery issued releases calling for the winner(s) to come forward. In the weeks after the June 17 drawing, those officials releases said the winning numbers were 28, 24, 33, 39 and 18. 

    Those incorrect numbers provided by the California Lottery showed up in media reports like this NBC San Diego article posted on June 20.

    These same numbers appeared in official lottery releases in July, August  and even September .

    The actual winning numbers were 28, 24, 33, 39, and 30, according to an Oct. 17 release by the California Lottery.

    “The ticket remains unclaimed and we apologize for any inconvenience,” wrote the California Lottery.

    In a statement posted online, the California Lottery explains their position on erroneous numbers:

    Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the winning number information on this page, however, mistakes can occur. You should verify winning numbers at California Lottery retailers. Complete game information and prize claiming instructions are also available at California Lottery retailers. In the case of a discrepancy, California State laws and California Lottery regulations prevail.

    The ticket was purchased four months ago from the Lottery retailer working at the San Diego County Fair and has not been claimed.

    The ticket matched all five numbers in the Fantasy 5 draw on June 17.

    It’s worth $461,400.

    The winner has two more months to claim their prize.

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