It looked like this was going to be Thomas Noftall’s year. The 27-year-old man from Toronto won $135,000 on four scratch-off lottery tickets New Year’s Eve. The only problem is the printing company had screwed up.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that they were printing mistakes and no prizes will be given out.
On New Year’s Eve Noftall scratched the four tickets and was elated to see that he had won big time.
He called the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. in Toronto and a claims rep said he would be paid but first he needed to come to the lottery headquarters.
That’s when he found out that his happy days were about to be dashed. It seems that the lottery printed out 1,000 tickets that aren’t any good and have been recalled. Noftall was one of the unfortuant winners that isn’t.
The game that is affected is the $3 Fruit Smash lottery ticket. The OLG has fine print saying that it will protect itself against misprints and void tickets for a variety of reasons.
Noftall has not disclosed what he’s planning on doing over the tickets.
“I’ve gone from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows in the past few days,” Noftall said.