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Lotto Winner Claims State Blunder Cost Him $10 Million

October 1, 1994

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ When he discovered that his six numbers matched those picked for the $10 million play-by-mail Lotto jackpot, Christopher Ramesar dreamed of sunning himself on Maui.

One problem: The state said it got his application too late for the July 1993 drawing, even though he mailed it in May.

A part-time limousine driver, Ramesar claims he mailed a $150 money order for 26 weekly Lotto Pick Six drawings to lottery headquarters on May 7.

The Lottery Division requires 4-6 weeks to process the subscriptions, then issues a confirmation notice indicating the start of play and the numbers.

Ramesar’s application wasn’t marked with a ″received″ stamp until July 21, four days after the drawing. So he had no confirmation notice.

He went to the Court of Claims in Albany, where Judge Louis Benza ruled that the state’s agreement to process applications in 4-6 weeks is not binding.

The judge said that since Ramesar didn’t have a valid subscription entry for the drawing and his numbers were not recorded in the computer, he was not entitled to the winnings.

Ramesar plans to appeal.

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