Unidentified customer lost out on $30-M lottery win

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Published on June 3, 2010
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."

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.