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Feb 22 - A man sues Powerball after being told his $340M 'win' was a mistake



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Feb 22 - A man sues Powerball after being told his $340M 'win' was a mistake
 

 
When John Cheeks saw that the winning lottery numbers on the DC Lottery website matched his ticket in January 2023, he initially didn't know what to think. The prize amount was for a whopping $340 million.

"I didn't shout or scream," Cheeks told NPR. "I just called my longtime friend." That friend advised him to take a picture of the numbers on the screen, which matched a combination of Cheeks' family birth dates and other digits.

However, the ticket was repeatedly denied when Cheeks tried to redeem the prize. He was eventually told by the D.C. Office of Lottery and Gaming that the numbers posted online were a mistake.

As a result, Cheeks is suing several groups that run Powerball in Washington, D.C. According to court documents, Cheeks has requested $340 million in compensation, along with damages and interest.

Taoti Enterprises, a lottery contractor and a defendant in the suit, said it had "accidentally" posted the wrong numbers as part of a quality assurance test. The mistake was not removed from the website until three days after the posting, according to court documents.

The group said that the numbers Cheeks saw online did not match the numbers drawn in the televised lottery drawing on Jan. 7, adding that the numbers online "could not have been the numbers drawn because the incorrect numbers were posted [online] the day before the drawing."

Taoti also pointed to a disclaimer on the lottery website that says the site is not "the final authority" for the drawing.

Cheek's attorney, Richard W. Evans, said in an email to NPR that the lawsuit raises critical questions "about the integrity and accountability of lottery operations and the safeguards — or lack thereof — against the type of errors that Powerball and the DC Lottery admit occurred in this case."

He said the lawsuit is not merely about numbers on a website but also about "the reliability of institutions that promise life-changing opportunities, while heavily profiting in the process."

Evans argued that there is precedent for this case. A similar incident happened in Iowa in November when lottery contractors posted the wrong numbers, citing a "human reporting error." In that instance, ticket holders with the wrong numbers were able to cash in on prizes ranging from $4 to $200 before lottery officials posted the correct ones.

Powerball has weekly drawings on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The overall odds of winning a grand prize is 1 in 292 million, according to the Powerball website.

"You know, we have to create fairness in the game. A win is a win," said Cheeks. "I'm just a customer who purchased those tickets. That's all."

Representatives for Powerball, the Multi-State Lottery Association and Taoti Enterprises — all defendants in the lawsuit — either did not respond for comment or declined to comment.

The preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Friday.

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 2 months ago '16        #2
kuul  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x12
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Who do you shoot first? Thats too much money to turn down and wait on the courts.
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 2 months ago '06        #3
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 2 months ago '11        #4
Sin  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x69
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I hope he gets every dollar owed to him
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 2 months ago '23        #5
IversonToWebber  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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He's going to end up in debt paying his lawyer after gets a little or no settlement at all.

Unless he quit his job and went out and took out a big loan after thinking he won. He really has no argument for any money.
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 2 months ago '14        #6
rashadd 
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That has to suck but if the numbers don’t match then what can they do? He has a lawyer so maybe they’ll be able to get some type of money out of it


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 2 months ago '17        #7
Dante Haversham  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x18
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The website showed the numbers but the numbers weren't officially drawn by lottery authorities. He has no case.
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 2 months ago '12        #8
Mickey Bricks  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x10
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 WIG said 🔗
The website showed the numbers but the numbers weren't officially drawn by lottery authorities. He has no case.
Yeah, this is weird. Was there a different winner for that drawing, or nah? Did the jackpot reset back down to 20 million or whatever? We need more context. But if the next drawing had a $365 million jackpot, bro gotta chill. Definitely sucks tho...that's real emotional trauma right there. Maybe he can sue for that
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 2 months ago '22        #9
Jayvinci  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x7
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 Sin said 🔗
I hope he gets every dollar owed to him
If you really read the article he's owed nothing.
Those weren't the numbers from the drawing.
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 2 months ago '11        #10
Sin  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x69
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 Jayvinci said 🔗
If you really read the article he's owed nothing.
Those weren't the numbers from the drawing.
I know it’s long shot
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 2 months ago '22        #11
Jayvinci  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x7
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 Sin said 🔗
I know it’s long shot
What he can sue for is emotional trauma
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 2 months ago '07        #12
KingKobraAtlant  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 Mickey Bricks said 🔗
Yeah, this is weird. Was there a different winner for that drawing, or nah? Did the jackpot reset back down to 20 million or whatever? We need more context. But if the next drawing had a $365 million jackpot, bro gotta chill. Definitely sucks tho...that's real emotional trauma right there. Maybe he can sue for that
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He should be compensated though. In Georgia, they don't show any results until they're finalized.
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 2 months ago '11        #13
Sin  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x69
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 Jayvinci said 🔗
What he can sue for is emotional trauma
Having a major adrenaline rush after seeing he won at his advanced age could have ki1led him

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 2 months ago '19        #14
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 kuul said 🔗
Who do you shoot first? Thats too much money to turn down and wait on the courts.
Unfortunately, shooting isn't gonna make the money come to you faster.
Apply at Walmart and wait until it's settled then dip.

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 2 months ago '06        #15
xastey 
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 IversonToWebber said 🔗
He's going to end up in debt paying his lawyer after gets a little or no settlement at all.

Unless he quit his job and went out and took out a big loan after thinking he won. He really has no argument for any money.
The last part, I've seen ppl get money from docs after a wrongful DX but only if that DX made them complete change their lifestyle like you just mentioned.

This guy is going to be pissed with those fees unless it's one of those "you don't owe sh1t unless we win" type of agreements which isn't that hard to see this as so with it being 340mill+
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 2 months ago '08        #16
LevelHeaded 
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going by the comments, it seems its a mistake on wh0ever is in charge of posting on the website, so that individual is at fault which means this guy isnt owed any money unfortunately. and on thing i learned is good luck holding the state accountable for any mistake, my manager got hit by a penndot vehicle close to a year ago and his insurance still hasnt heard from back from penndot for paying the damages
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 2 months ago '16        #17
kuul  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x12
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 Hungsolow said 🔗
Unfortunately, shooting isn't gonna make the money come to you faster.
Apply at Walmart and wait until it's settled then dip.

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Why walmart? You dont think people who play lottery are employed or ski1led enough for better positions?
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 2 months ago '05        #18
Krazie 
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John Cheeks
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 2 months ago '15        #19
DamianDragunov 
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That sht would be heartbreaking..
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 2 months ago '08        #20
koopa24 
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Imagine the lottery website never post the correct number people throwing tickets away thinking they lost. People check their tickets the first and 2nd day but never go back to double check to see if shots accurate. Lottery is the biggest scam
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 2 months ago '21        #21
MR UNLIMITED 
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How mad y’all going to be when a Canadian wins the powerball?

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 2 months ago '17        #22
Willy Boban  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x13
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 koopa24 said 🔗
Imagine the lottery website never post the correct number people throwing tickets away thinking they lost. People check their tickets the first and 2nd day but never go back to double check to see if shots accurate. Lottery is the biggest scam
The state lottery shouldn't allow pop up websites acting like they are apart of the lottery.

And then they said the numbers were posted before the drawing.

Well why do that. The Phuck going on here.

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 2 months ago '17        #23
RAM 
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 kuul said 🔗
Who do you shoot first? Thats too much money to turn down and wait on the courts.
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 2 months ago '05        #24
pippen33 
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 Jayvinci said 🔗
What he can sue for is emotional trauma
He can sue for Gross Negligence
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 2 months ago '15        #25
mrwoodside 
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Thanks for reminding me to play this weekend…


Powerball and Megamillions babyyy!!
*bossman dlow voice*
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