US Man Files Court Case After Website Error Denies Him $340 Million Powerball Jackpot

A citizen of Washington, DC, is suing the Powerball lottery, claiming that a computer error caused him to be incorrectly disqualified from winning the $340 million prize. According to John Cheeks, the winning combination was incorrectly shown as his winning numbers.

Two days after purchasing the Powerball ticket on January 6, 2023, Cheeks checked the DC lottery website to see whether he had won. However, he was denied entry by lottery authorities when he attempted to redeem the ticket.

This event has raised questions about who is responsible and what happens when the lottery system makes mistakes. Forty-five states in the United States, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands all play Powerball. The chances of winning the jackpot are very low, at one in 292.2 million, and the tickets cost $2.

According to court filings, lottery officials said that since the gaming system had not verified Cheeks’ ticket as a winner, they were unable to award him the reward.

Cheeks was allegedly informed by a lottery clerk, “This ticket is no good.” Simply place it in the garbage pail. Cheeks recalled asking, “In the trash can?” while posing a serious face. In response, the worker said, “Yes, just throw it away.” You will not get payment. Right there is a garbage can.

Cheeks filed a lawsuit against Powerball with legal assistance, keeping the ticket secure in a deposit box rather than discarding it.

The Multi-State Lottery Association and game contractor Taoti Enterprises are among the other companies named in the case. Project manager at Taoti Brittany Bailey said in a court statement that the website error occurred during a testing phase that entailed changing time zones.

The quality assurance team determined that the early presentation of test Powerball numbers on the live website one day before the drawing was the result of an error.

Even though Taoti admitted the mistake, Cheeks’s lawyer, Richard Evans, has questioned the quality of the evidence supporting the contractor’s allegation.

Despite Taoti’s admission of wrongdoing, Cheeks’s lawyer, Richard Evans, has expressed skepticism about the contractor’s claim’s supporting documentation.

Evans brought to an earlier instance from November 2023 in which the Iowa Lottery paid interim winners while posting the incorrect Powerball numbers.

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