New York, NY - A New York woman who said a lottery machine cut her winning ticket in half will ask a court to force New York Lottery officials to pay her.
Patricia Manzitto, 64, of Long Island, said her $25,000 winner isn’t a fake and came from a lottery machine that actually spit it out in two halves.
Lottery spokesman John Charlson said mismatched pink and blue colored lines on Manzitto’s ticket clearly show it to be torn halves of two different tickets.
Manzitto’s lawyer, Rosemarie Arnold, doesn’t dispute that the colored lines don’t match but argues that is how the ticket was sold.
Manzitto says she put $6 in a lottery ticket-dispensing machine Oct. 5 and received three Blue Moon Bucks tickets. The bottom half of one ticket, was spit out unattached to the top half.
When Manzitto and her husband scratched off the damaged ticket, they saw it had two matching numbers on either end for a $25,000 prize. [nypost]
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