Friends Who Threw Away $1 Million NJ Lotto Ticket Suing for Prize Money

NY duo who bought the ticket at a Mahwah 7 Eleven say they threw the winning ticket out because the state was too slow to post the winning numbers on its website.

Two friends who say they bought a $1 million lotto ticket at a Mahwah 7-Eleven but then threw out the ticket are suing the state Lottery Commission saying they still deserve the money, nj.com reported.

According to the report, Salvatore Cambria and Erik Onyango, both of Suffern, N.Y., claim they threw their winning ticket out because the state took too long to update its website with the winning numbers.

In their lawsuit, the two claim they threw out the winning ticket after the numbers were called on March 23, believing they had lost, the report said. When they were told their ticket - which matched five of the six numbers drawn - was a winner, they were told that they couldn't claim the winnings without the paper ticket, the report said.

Reps of the NJ Lottery Commission declined to comment to nj.com. The Multi-State Lottery Association and Governor Christie are also named as defendants in the suit, the report said.

The Mahwah store that sold the ticket celebrated the sale last year. Earlier this year, the lotto announced that the million dollars had still not been claimed, and that the one year time limit to claim the winnings had almost run out.
John Santaella June 27, 2014 at 10:38 AM
Old Chinese proverb: "No tickee no laundry"
RdgwdGRock June 27, 2014 at 10:47 AM
"I Won, I Won!" Now, let me figure out what I won and I will sue for it.
Dbowler June 27, 2014 at 11:40 AM
There are 4 living things that will survive a nuclear explosion Rats,Roaches,Politicians and Morons like this version of Bevis and Butthead waisting the courts time and tax payers monies on this.
B B June 27, 2014 at 12:16 PM
I saw them throw it away, I'm suing them for forcing me to witness stupid!
Shelley68 June 27, 2014 at 11:28 PM
Exactly HOW and WHO contacted them? Lottery tickets are paid for in cash, so how did anyone know they bought the so-called winning ticket? Furthermore, if they threw the ticket away, how do THEY know their numbers matched? Stupidity indeed!!


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