A WOMAN has revealed she plans to sue a lottery company after the instructions on her lottery ticket suggested she had won $500,000 when she hadn’t.
Texas’ Geraldine Steele thought she’d hit a big win after scratching off her $5 lottery ticket.
The Dallas News reports that Steele bought a Fun 5 scratch card that said, “Flip a ‘money bag’ symbol in the 5X grid and win five times that prize.”
She and several people found the money bag symbol on the 5X box and thought they had won big.
These people’s hopes were dashed when they took their tickets to the lottery machine in the store and showed that they hadn’t won anything.
According to lottery officials, the ticket states that in order to win the prize, players must also find a “tic-tac-toe” symbol in another box.
“The second sentence explains how to multiply a prize won as described in the first sentence,” said Texas Lottery spokeswoman Kelly Cripe.
Despite the statement, some affected lottery players remain upset about the situation and believe they should receive compensation.
Dawn Nettles, a lottery regulator that runs a website that tracks lottery movement, said she has been contacted by multiple people.
She claims to have received around 150 calls from affected ticket buyers.
Nettles believes there are strong arguments against the lottery company as it “engages in fraudulent business practices”.
“The lottery must honor the face value of these tickets,” Nettles said.
“People are very upset everywhere.”
Steele revealed that she has been in touch with a lawyer who believes she has strong arguments against the lottery.
She said she and her husband plan to mail a letter to the Texas Lottery Commission before taking legal action.