Long Beach, California – A $5 million lottery winner is denied his winnings


Posted on the 23rd of July 2017

Long Beach, California – A $5 million lottery winner is denied his winnings

In October, Ward Thomas sent his 16 year old son to buy five scratchers using the money won from previously purchased scratch lottery tickets. After purchasing a new set of scratch tickets, the son left the Mobil gas station on Bellflower Boulevard in Long Beach and gave the tickets to his father. Later that day, Thomas scratched the tickets and discovered that he had won $5 million. Thomas validated the ticket at a 7-Eleven in the 1700 block of Palo Verde Avenue that night, and also at the state’s Lottery District in Santa Ana on the following day. Thomas submitted a claim for the ticket and was told by the commission that he was the winner of the $5 million prize. However, on the 5th of December, the commission denied Thomas the $5 million win stating that the ticket was purchased by his son who could not legally play the lottery. Thomas has stated that the store sales person did not tell his son that he could not purchase the ticket because of his age, and his son was not asked for any identification. Thomas is now suing the California Lottery Commission and the Mobil gas station. The California Lottery Commission has stated that it could not comment because of pending litigation.

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