Time passes but winning is still sweet for lottery winner!
On the 19th of September 1995 in Sydney, Australia a local retired man bought a lottery ticket that he hoped could change his fortunes. Unfortunately the ticket he bought at a newsstand had a problem with the way it was printed so he asked to exchange it for a new one.
After the draw had been cast, Mr Werner Reinhold must have been joyously celebrating whilst holding the ticket to the $1.8 million jackpot. When he went to claim his prize he was told that his replacement ticket had been cancelled rather than the misprinted original and was therefore unable to claim anything.
On Wednesday through a court ruling, Mr Reinhold now 73, successfully sued NSW Lotteries (the overseeing company behind lottery tickets in the state of New South Wales) and the newsstand which sold him the tickets.
The Supreme Court Judge, Reginald Barrett awarded Reinhold $1.8 million in damages with ‘negligence’ and ‘breach of contract’ as the cited reasons of the accused parties.
Though the judge has yet to rule upon the percentages coming from each of the sentenced parties, after over 13 years later, Mr Reinhold must be relieved that his tale of winning, losing then winning the lottery again is finally almost over.
Editor, Jackpot.co.uk - 2008-01-30 13:37:27