Man sues lottery after being told $340M check win was an error

John Cheeks, a Washington, D.C. resident, is suing Powerball organizers for $340 million, alleging negligence, after his winning ticket numbers, mistakenly posted on the D.C. Lottery’s website, were denied for three days.

John Cheeks, a resident of Washington, D.C., found himself embroiled in a legal battle with Powerball organizers when he believed he had secured a monumental victory—a $340 million jackpot.


His hopes were buoyed by the serendipitous alignment of his ticket with those mistakenly publicized on the D.C. Lottery’s website on January 7, 2023. However, the elation of his supposed win quickly turned to frustration and disbelief when his attempts to claim the prize were met with refusal.

In response to this disappointing turn of events, Cheeks took decisive action, filing a lawsuit against the Powerball organizers. The crux of his legal argument rested on the contention that the numbers displayed on the lottery website were inaccurately published and persisted uncorrected for a staggering three-day period. This perceived lapse in oversight and accountability on the part of the lottery officials formed the basis of Cheeks’ claim of negligence.


With the stakes as high as the jackpot itself, Cheeks is seeking restitution to the tune of $340 million in damages. His lawsuit underscores not only the financial implications of the alleged error but also the broader implications for the integrity and transparency of lottery operations.

Written by Telha

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