Unidentified customer lost out on $30-M lottery win

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Someone shopping at the Corner Store in Goulds recently changed their mind about buying a lottery ticket that could've netted them a cool $30 million in the Lotto Max draw.

Atlantic Lottery Corp. spokeswoman Jennifer Dalton said the ticket had been printed but the "sales clerk voided the ticket at the request of the customer."

An unidentified and unlucky patron would have been $30 million richer had they completed a lottery ticket transaction for the May 21 Lotto Max draw at the Corner Store in Goulds. Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

Someone shopping at the Corner Store in Goulds recently changed their mind about buying a lottery ticket that could've netted them a cool $30 million in the Lotto Max draw.

Atlantic Lottery Corp. spokeswoman Jennifer Dalton said the ticket had been printed but the "sales clerk voided the ticket at the request of the customer."

When the draw was held May 21, "the printed number matched those for the jackpot of $30 million," she said.

Dalton didn't know why the customer rejected the ticket, but she said sometimes people don't like the numbers which are chosen randomly by the lotto computer.

Sometimes when a ticket is rejected the clerk buys it because it could be a winner, but Dalton says the "correct course of action" is to void the ticket. Dalton hasn't heard of too many voided tickets turning out to match the winning numbers for a large jackpot.

"It's one of the biggest, if not the biggest ever," she said of the Goulds voided ticket.

"When we all heard about it here in the office, to have a $30-million winner in Newfoundland and Labrador, it would have been such a huge celebration for us. We would have loved to see that come here."

She said each month there are about 52,500 cancelled tickets throughout Atlantic Canada.

Contacted for comment about what transpired at his store, Corner Store owner Shawn Noel just laughed and said, "I don't want it to come out."

He referred media inquires to the Atlantic Lottery Corp.

Organizations: Corner Store, Atlantic Lottery

Geographic location: Goulds, Newfoundland and Labrador, Atlantic Canada

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  • Goulds Resident
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    Shame on everyone who got this story out.
    Mr. Noel told the evening telegram that he did not want the story to get out - I was in his store as he was telling another customer all about it ! Did he think that kind of gossip would not travel and the person involved would not hear it ?!!. You should have kept this quiet and not told a single sole - so this person would not live with the regret for the rest of his/her life and now the humility of having it in The Telegram (do you have nothing better to write about). It was also on the National News (CTV) today.

  • Pierre
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    That's a tough break!

    Lotto players and NHLers play a numbers game every night, you really do have to keep your head up though. You never know when you have the winning ticket or when Chris Pronger is going to destroy you in the corner. Reminds me of a tough young kid playing for the Windsor Spitfires.

  • Steve
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    I have to agree with the latter comments. What useful purpose is there to announce this in the first place? I am sure it won't be too difficult for the person involved to figure it out. I am sure ALC will pay for any counselling fees that the person may endure for the rest of their lives?

  • Tea
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    I used to purchase lottery tickets on a weekly basis. When the 649 first started up, then the Super 7 I bought tickets. I used the same numbers and bought them every week. When the Super 7 was replaced by the Lotto Max, I stopped buying tickets all together. I cannot believe that after all those years I NEVER WON ANYTHING EXCEPT FREE TICKETS AND $5.00 or $10.00 PRIZES. There is a reason that we are not allowed to purchase tickets for the draws after 20:00 on the day of a draw. The Lottery Corporation computers can easily fix it so the group of numbers chosen have not been purchased!!! I'm sure I'm not the only who played the same numbers from the inception of the lotteries and NEVER WON!

  • Paul
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    I'm a firm believer that things happen for a reason,but i have a hard time finding a reason for this one.I would be devastated.

  • John
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    When the lotto max tickets first came out, I bought them. However on a number of occasions when I bought the ticket the vendor messed up my order and either printed the wrong type of ticket (not lotto max) or printed multiple plays of lotto max. As the ticket did not match my order - it was placed by the machine and a new ticket was printed for me. Who knows what those numbers were or what happened to them? However the misprinted numbers were numbers that should've went to me, who knows might've been a winner, how can this be corrected? I think it was the vendors (multiple locations - different vendors) unfamiliarity with the game.

  • Tracy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    Yes I agree, Shame on ALC AND the telegram for publicly commenting on this ' too bad, so sad' story. This can have a major 'negative' impact on the person's mental health. It makes no sense to publish this nonsense.... is there a motive here for ALC...hmmm.... now maybe they can cut down on the 'waste' of cancelled tickets- just another money scheme to satisfy ALC!!!

  • RS
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    Why post a story like this? You're gonna drive the person mental.

  • CW
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    GUESS IT JUST GOES TO SHOW..ODDS WHATS THE LIKEHOOD OF WINNING THE LOTTO AND PICKING THE CORRECT NUMBERS AND THEN TO TOP IT OFF PRINT OFF TICKET ONLY TO VOID IT OUT WITH THE LOTTO NUMBERS BEING THE WOULD BE WINNING NUMBERS..

  • OHMYGOD
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    Stupid people. ALC is not losing money by misprinted tickets. How can that be? Nobody's charging them you fools. People on here are so stupid and don't know how to read and spell. Please go to work and help the economy.

  • Gerry
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    When I was posted to Halifax in the mid 80's, a buddy would buy a ticket weekly with the tag like clock work. One weekend his mother came up Cape Breton to stay a weekend. She went to the store & my buddy asked her to pick him up a ticket. So he gave her something like $5 (more than enough). She bought the ticket but didn't get the tag. Therefore on the ticket was the number with 'tag not played' (don't know if that is still the case). Anyway, guess who's tag number came up?

  • I will not be a victim
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    Couldda,Wouldda,Shouldda-what a pile a BS.Atlantic Lottery will stoop to any lows to get more people gambling. Trust me,had that ticket been generated it would not be a winner.Why? Because this is NL,not Ontario or Quebec.If anyone believes those lotto numbers are drawn randomly ,you really need to give your head a shake. People,yes,I know you might be poor,but stop being held hostage by a pipe dream. Add up what you spend in a typical month and it will shock you. I suppose if someone here won the lottery they would want it all in tickets anyway. Ok,I'll take $30 million worth of Nevada tickets

  • Frank
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    To Ned Anderson....maybe you are missing the big picture. No disrespect to the clerks but if they knew this ticket was a $30M. winner, would they have voided it? Personally I would have bought it in a heart beat and I'm sure most of us would have. Easy to be a hero after the fact.

  • Lynda
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    I agree 100% with Tea - I am a firm believer that lotto numbers don't come up 'by chance'. If I can remember correctly - didn't the ALC used to publicize the drawing of the numbers on tv? I may be mistaken with another lottery but not sure. As well, it's called Atlantic Lotto Corp. - then why are the tickets available for purchase all over Canada? Atlantic to me refers to Atlantic Canada - not Quebec or Ontario where the majority of these mega jackpots go.

  • John
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    Why would ALC announce something like this in the first place.......thats what you'd call rubbing salt in the wound. Shame on you ALC and shame on the Evening Telegram for posting such an article. I hope you both realize the drastic affect you may have on someones life by running this story.

  • Still Laughing
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    I have thought alot about this scenario, and the only thing I can say is KARMA. I hope the Lady having a bad day has many more bad days while she contemplates what an idiot she had been to that individual working in that store.

    All I can do is laugh at that lady you had 30000000 in your sights and because you are such a B*&^% it is now gone. Good luck dealing with that for the rest of your life.

  • melford
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    great; let's make sure story gets in globe and mail;
    another newfie joke.....

  • Ned
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    No one seems to be recognizing the big picture here and commending the clerk(s) on their honesty to do the right thing . I'd like to throw them a bouquet for their honesty. It's the old adage,. if wishes were horses,.beggars would ride. You did the right thing guys, I know you don't feel you did , but at least one person is on your side and is pleased there are honest people like you in this world.

  • Jerome
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    Oh my, I sure wouldn't want to be one of the people who cancelled a ticket at that store. What regret they'll live with the rest of their lives.
    I cannot imagine cancelling a ticket once I purchased it, just for the sake of a couple of dollars. Actually, I didn't even know once the ticket came out of the machine that it could be cancelled.
    I guess the store clerk is also feeling pretty bad also because she/he didn't buy the ticket. If you want particular numbers, don't buy an instapik. What a sad, unfortunate break !!!

  • Mandy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    To bad someone was to stingy to buy it. Whenever someone makes a mistake I buy the ticket anyways just cause of such things like this. You never know

  • Source
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    Here is the story on that ticket:

    The customer came into the store and she wanted to buy only $15.00 worth of tickets. The cashier happened to make a mistake and accidentally put in for $21.00 worth of tickets. The customer, who was not in a pleasant mood that day, flipped out and made the clerk cancel these tickets.

  • Angelica
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    THAT was MY husband! Now I have started divorce proceedings.

  • Tracey
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    Mr. Noel, you should check the fine print in the contract, winning ticket was printed??? maybe you should still get the $100,000!!! :)
    Good Luck!!!

  • Jeff
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    Well, random chance, butterfly effect and all, if that ticket were kept, the winning numbers would not have necessarily been the same.

  • Vickie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    Wow - this is NOT going to do much for the gambling addiction problems so many people face. You can't win lookin in and all that what if garbage. This is nothing but free advertising for ALC. Shame shame shame.

  • CheerBear
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    She said each month there are about 52,500 cancelled tickets throughout Atlantic Canada.

    Gosh... releasing this story is such a transparent effort by ALC to get people not to cancel tickets printed in error. 50,000 tickets is a hundred grand or more a month that they lose.

    Never mind that they could drive someone around the bend or worse by releasing this information.

    Shame on ALC for using such a sleazy tactic to increase ticket sales!

  • Goulds Resident
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    Shame on everyone who got this story out.
    Mr. Noel told the evening telegram that he did not want the story to get out - I was in his store as he was telling another customer all about it ! Did he think that kind of gossip would not travel and the person involved would not hear it ?!!. You should have kept this quiet and not told a single sole - so this person would not live with the regret for the rest of his/her life and now the humility of having it in The Telegram (do you have nothing better to write about). It was also on the National News (CTV) today.

  • Pierre
    July 01, 2010 - 20:24

    That's a tough break!

    Lotto players and NHLers play a numbers game every night, you really do have to keep your head up though. You never know when you have the winning ticket or when Chris Pronger is going to destroy you in the corner. Reminds me of a tough young kid playing for the Windsor Spitfires.

  • Steve
    July 01, 2010 - 20:21

    I have to agree with the latter comments. What useful purpose is there to announce this in the first place? I am sure it won't be too difficult for the person involved to figure it out. I am sure ALC will pay for any counselling fees that the person may endure for the rest of their lives?

  • Tea
    July 01, 2010 - 20:21

    I used to purchase lottery tickets on a weekly basis. When the 649 first started up, then the Super 7 I bought tickets. I used the same numbers and bought them every week. When the Super 7 was replaced by the Lotto Max, I stopped buying tickets all together. I cannot believe that after all those years I NEVER WON ANYTHING EXCEPT FREE TICKETS AND $5.00 or $10.00 PRIZES. There is a reason that we are not allowed to purchase tickets for the draws after 20:00 on the day of a draw. The Lottery Corporation computers can easily fix it so the group of numbers chosen have not been purchased!!! I'm sure I'm not the only who played the same numbers from the inception of the lotteries and NEVER WON!

  • Paul
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    I'm a firm believer that things happen for a reason,but i have a hard time finding a reason for this one.I would be devastated.

  • John
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    When the lotto max tickets first came out, I bought them. However on a number of occasions when I bought the ticket the vendor messed up my order and either printed the wrong type of ticket (not lotto max) or printed multiple plays of lotto max. As the ticket did not match my order - it was placed by the machine and a new ticket was printed for me. Who knows what those numbers were or what happened to them? However the misprinted numbers were numbers that should've went to me, who knows might've been a winner, how can this be corrected? I think it was the vendors (multiple locations - different vendors) unfamiliarity with the game.

  • Tracy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    Yes I agree, Shame on ALC AND the telegram for publicly commenting on this ' too bad, so sad' story. This can have a major 'negative' impact on the person's mental health. It makes no sense to publish this nonsense.... is there a motive here for ALC...hmmm.... now maybe they can cut down on the 'waste' of cancelled tickets- just another money scheme to satisfy ALC!!!

  • RS
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    Why post a story like this? You're gonna drive the person mental.

  • CW
    July 01, 2010 - 20:11

    GUESS IT JUST GOES TO SHOW..ODDS WHATS THE LIKEHOOD OF WINNING THE LOTTO AND PICKING THE CORRECT NUMBERS AND THEN TO TOP IT OFF PRINT OFF TICKET ONLY TO VOID IT OUT WITH THE LOTTO NUMBERS BEING THE WOULD BE WINNING NUMBERS..

  • OHMYGOD
    July 01, 2010 - 20:11

    Stupid people. ALC is not losing money by misprinted tickets. How can that be? Nobody's charging them you fools. People on here are so stupid and don't know how to read and spell. Please go to work and help the economy.

  • Gerry
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    When I was posted to Halifax in the mid 80's, a buddy would buy a ticket weekly with the tag like clock work. One weekend his mother came up Cape Breton to stay a weekend. She went to the store & my buddy asked her to pick him up a ticket. So he gave her something like $5 (more than enough). She bought the ticket but didn't get the tag. Therefore on the ticket was the number with 'tag not played' (don't know if that is still the case). Anyway, guess who's tag number came up?

  • I will not be a victim
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    Couldda,Wouldda,Shouldda-what a pile a BS.Atlantic Lottery will stoop to any lows to get more people gambling. Trust me,had that ticket been generated it would not be a winner.Why? Because this is NL,not Ontario or Quebec.If anyone believes those lotto numbers are drawn randomly ,you really need to give your head a shake. People,yes,I know you might be poor,but stop being held hostage by a pipe dream. Add up what you spend in a typical month and it will shock you. I suppose if someone here won the lottery they would want it all in tickets anyway. Ok,I'll take $30 million worth of Nevada tickets

  • Frank
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    To Ned Anderson....maybe you are missing the big picture. No disrespect to the clerks but if they knew this ticket was a $30M. winner, would they have voided it? Personally I would have bought it in a heart beat and I'm sure most of us would have. Easy to be a hero after the fact.

  • Lynda
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    I agree 100% with Tea - I am a firm believer that lotto numbers don't come up 'by chance'. If I can remember correctly - didn't the ALC used to publicize the drawing of the numbers on tv? I may be mistaken with another lottery but not sure. As well, it's called Atlantic Lotto Corp. - then why are the tickets available for purchase all over Canada? Atlantic to me refers to Atlantic Canada - not Quebec or Ontario where the majority of these mega jackpots go.

  • John
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    Why would ALC announce something like this in the first place.......thats what you'd call rubbing salt in the wound. Shame on you ALC and shame on the Evening Telegram for posting such an article. I hope you both realize the drastic affect you may have on someones life by running this story.

  • Still Laughing
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    I have thought alot about this scenario, and the only thing I can say is KARMA. I hope the Lady having a bad day has many more bad days while she contemplates what an idiot she had been to that individual working in that store.

    All I can do is laugh at that lady you had 30000000 in your sights and because you are such a B*&^% it is now gone. Good luck dealing with that for the rest of your life.

  • melford
    July 01, 2010 - 19:56

    great; let's make sure story gets in globe and mail;
    another newfie joke.....

  • Ned
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    No one seems to be recognizing the big picture here and commending the clerk(s) on their honesty to do the right thing . I'd like to throw them a bouquet for their honesty. It's the old adage,. if wishes were horses,.beggars would ride. You did the right thing guys, I know you don't feel you did , but at least one person is on your side and is pleased there are honest people like you in this world.

  • Jerome
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    Oh my, I sure wouldn't want to be one of the people who cancelled a ticket at that store. What regret they'll live with the rest of their lives.
    I cannot imagine cancelling a ticket once I purchased it, just for the sake of a couple of dollars. Actually, I didn't even know once the ticket came out of the machine that it could be cancelled.
    I guess the store clerk is also feeling pretty bad also because she/he didn't buy the ticket. If you want particular numbers, don't buy an instapik. What a sad, unfortunate break !!!

  • Mandy
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    To bad someone was to stingy to buy it. Whenever someone makes a mistake I buy the ticket anyways just cause of such things like this. You never know

  • Source
    July 01, 2010 - 19:51

    Here is the story on that ticket:

    The customer came into the store and she wanted to buy only $15.00 worth of tickets. The cashier happened to make a mistake and accidentally put in for $21.00 worth of tickets. The customer, who was not in a pleasant mood that day, flipped out and made the clerk cancel these tickets.

  • Angelica
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    THAT was MY husband! Now I have started divorce proceedings.

  • Tracey
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    Mr. Noel, you should check the fine print in the contract, winning ticket was printed??? maybe you should still get the $100,000!!! :)
    Good Luck!!!

  • Jeff
    July 01, 2010 - 19:47

    Well, random chance, butterfly effect and all, if that ticket were kept, the winning numbers would not have necessarily been the same.

  • Vickie
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    Wow - this is NOT going to do much for the gambling addiction problems so many people face. You can't win lookin in and all that what if garbage. This is nothing but free advertising for ALC. Shame shame shame.

  • CheerBear
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    She said each month there are about 52,500 cancelled tickets throughout Atlantic Canada.

    Gosh... releasing this story is such a transparent effort by ALC to get people not to cancel tickets printed in error. 50,000 tickets is a hundred grand or more a month that they lose.

    Never mind that they could drive someone around the bend or worse by releasing this information.

    Shame on ALC for using such a sleazy tactic to increase ticket sales!