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(NEWSER) – John Wines retired recently, so he was thrilled when a scratch-off lottery ticket showed he had won $500,000—and more than a little disappointed when the New Mexico Lottery told him it was a misprint and refused to pay up. Scratching off a 1 on the $20 ticket means a $250,000 jackpot, but when the former air-conditioner repairman tried to claim $500,000 after getting two 1's, he was told a printing error had made a 12 and an 18 look like 1's, with only smudges remaining of the latter digits, KOB reports. Wines was offered $100 in lottery tickets instead.

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