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1 million lotto ticket in garbage: N.J. lottery too slow, basis of men's lawsuit

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Is this a case of "you snooze, you lose" or should the New Jersey Lottery be held accountable? Two men are suing for the $1 million lottery ticket that they threw away, but they claim it was only after the New Jersey Lottery page was too slow on their end to register the correct winning numbers.

According to the Washington Post on June 27, Salvatore Cambria and Erik Onyango are kicking themselves for being too quick when discarding what they originally believed to be a losing ticket. Just after 11 p.m. on March 23, 2013, a day that will surly live in infamy for these two men, they checked the winning lottery numbers online.

The New Jersey Lottery website had numbers posted that were not the numbers they had on their ticket, so one of the men tossed the ticket he just checked into the trash. Once the good friends realized that the lottery website for the state of New Jersey had the previous night’s winning numbers still posted when they checked their tickets, it was too late as their winning ticket was gone.

This duo purchased three lottery tickets for the lottery, but only threw one of them away. How did that happen? It seems that they brought the tickets together and Cambria was holding onto one with Onyango holding on to the other two. It was Cambria that checked the one ticket he was holding and tossed it when he saw that it was a loser, according to Bloomberg Business Week.

The Powerball ticket that Cambria tossed had all the numbers except for the Powerball number, that is why they were $1 million winners, or at least they should be, the friends believe. Cambria's nature is to throw everything away that no longer is useful and Cambria is the one out of the two friends that holds on to things. It is too bad Cambria got the winning ticket to hold and not his buddy.

They have proof that they are the folks who purchased the winning lottery ticket because they purchased three tickets at the same time. The lottery officials can see from the serial numbers of the two tickets they still have that they are in succession with the winning ticket’s serial number.

As soon Cambria and Onyango realize their million dollar slip up, they filed a claim with the New Jersey Lottery, but they didn’t hear back from them. This is when they got a lawyer. Attorney Edward Login said that his clients have proof and it is not as if the lottery would be losing money. The $1 million jackpot is rightfully theirs, claims the lawyer.

While Logan claims the case is a "long shot," he said at least with the proof of the other two tickets he does have a leg to stand on basically. “I’d like to think that New Jersey wants to do the right thing. But you never know,” said Logan.

The New Jersey Lottery would not issue a comment due to the pending litigation. What do you think, should these guys get that $ 1 million jackpot without the actual ticket in hand? Fox News had a discussion on this Friday afternoon, which seemed to lean towards the “no ticket, no money” side of the argument. This could open a can of worms for future ticket-less lottery winners.

Cambria, 42, and Onyango, 30, live in Suffern, New York, right on the border of New Jersey. They purchased the winning ticket at a 7-11 store in Mahwah New Jersey on March 23, 2013.

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