Lawsuit: We Threw Out $1M Lotto Ticket
Men say New Jersey failed to update website
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2014 3:50 PM CDT
A Powerball lottery ticket is printed out of a lottery machine at a convenience store in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, FILE)

(Newser) – Imagine realizing that you'd bought a lottery ticket worth $1 million—and that you'd thrown it away. Two New York men don't have to imagine, because they say it happened to them—and that it was New Jersey's fault. Salvatore Cambria and Erik Onyango are suing the New Jersey Lottery Commission, alleging that it failed to update its website with the winning numbers in a timely fashion on March 23, 2013, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reports.

When the pair checked their tickets against the website, they thought they'd lost, and threw out their winning ticket, reports the Journal News. They eventually realized their mistake, but lottery officials told them that without a ticket, they were out of luck, according to their attorney. The men say they can "prove" they bought the ticket, because they bought three tickets with consecutive numbers. Cambria took the middle ticket, which would turn out to be the winner, and discarded it, but Onyango still has the other two.