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  • 27 June 2014, 14:53

Men Sue Lottery After Tossing Winning Ticket

Two New York men are suing the New Jersey Lottery after they threw out a Powerball ticket worth $1m.

Salvatore Cambria and Erick Onyango, of Suffern, New York, argue in their federal lawsuit that the lottery failed to update its website quickly enough with the winning numbers from the March 23 drawing.

"By the time they realised what happened, their money was headed to a garbage dump somewhere in Canada," Edward Logan, the men's lawyer, was quoted as saying by the Daily News.

Mr Cambria said that when he asked Mr Onyango to check the website soon after the 11pm drawing, the numbers did not match.

"So I took my ticket, which was worth one million dollars, and I put it in a cigarette pack and put it in the garbage in my bedroom," MrCambria told New Jersey newspaper The Record.

The men now think the site was showing the previous drawing's numbers.

Mr Onyango had bought three tickets at a 7-Eleven convenience store on the day of the drawing, the report said.

They hope they can prove their case because the three tickets were purchased together, making their serial numbers sequential.

The winning ticket was the one in the middle and they still have the other two tickets.

The lawsuit was filed this week and the Lottery Commission has not publicly commented on the case.

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