Couple’s Lottery Hopes Dashed by Misprint in Newspaper

Lottery winners for a day, Jim and Dorothy Sprague of Pueblo, Co.

What if you hit the lotto?  What are some of the first things you would do?  I know, hit the car dealership, right?  Gotta get a new whip, so you can look fly on your way out of town to plan your next move right?  You would only drive as far as the airport though because you’d be on your way to the Dubai to live it up at the Burj Al-Arab or something swank like that right? Live out some of your dreams before the relatives start calling, right?  Ok…now imagine the paper made a misprint and you’re stuck over in the Al-Arab in the $10,000 per night suite.  What now?

Well, Jim and Dorothy Sprague didn’t have a chance to take it that far.  The slip-up was found much sooner than that.  They had only got like three family members in before they stopped making phone calls and was made aware of the misprint. The Spragues live in Pueblo, Co., and their local newspaper, the Pueblo Chieftain, made one of the hugest mistakes ever.  But, they didn’t know.  They were too busy jumping around the house dancing to “Can’t Touch This!”

But, luckily for them, they did their happy dance while checking up on the Chieftain.  The paper printed Friday’s number from another lottery drawing as Saturday’s numbers.  They had told a couple of their children that they hit the $4.3 million jackpot, but it stopped there.  No one else, until now, even knows about the mistake.  The newspaper printed a retraction.

Check it out here.

-J.C. Brooks

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