Claim: A lottery ticket that would have won
Origins: While some "bad luck" lottery tales about the winning ticket that got away are naught but urban legend (such as the perennial "pocketed ticket " tale), some have more than a bit of truth to
them (e.g., the tale about a poor chap who killed himself after failing to play his numbers the one week they came up). This story about a huge win that could have been is one from the "Strange but true" files.
On Friday, 21 May 2010, a lottery ticket sold at a convenience store in Newfoundland bore the seven winning numbers that would have entitled its holder to the
On the day of the draw, someone who declined to step forward and identify herself came into the Corner Store in Goulds (a community within
wanted, so the $27 ticket was voided and one for $12 was issued in its place.
About a week later, a lottery official from the Atlantic Lottery Corp. appeared at the shop for the purpose of examining the store's voided tickets. Together, he and the store's owner went through the stack of voids and soon located a
Not only was the unknown lotto player out
Voided tickets aren't all that unusual. Lotto players cancel about 52,500 tickets every month, said a spokesperson from the Atlantic Lottery Corp.
Barbara "now void-a-jour" Mikkelson
Originally published: 27 December 2010
Last updated: 12 January 2016
CBC News. "Voided Ticket Means $30M Lottery Loss." 3 June 2010. The Toronto Star. "Unlucky Ticket Buyer Blows $30 Million Jackpot." 4 June 2010 (p. A12).