Published on: December 13, 2023, 02:44h.
Last updated on: December 13, 2023, 02:44h.
An Indiana man who won $500,000 on the Hoosier Lottery will get his payday despite having his winning ticket shredded by a store clerk, according to The Lottery Post.
At a Hoosier Lottery Commission meeting in Indianapolis, officials voted to honor the prize for state resident Paul Marshall.
Marshall, who won the life-changing Powerball prize, returned with his winning ticket to the store where he purchased it, but it was mistakenly shredded and thrown away by a store clerk. However, despite the mishap, the commission voted 5-0 to pay out the prize.
When Marshall presented lottery officials with written instructions but no winning ticket at the claim center, they initially refused to pay. However, after reviewing video footage from the retail outlet that confirmed Marshall’s story, they approved the payout.
Another case addressed during the meeting involved Drena Harris, who won $500 on a scratch-off ticket, but was unable to claim the prize as it had already been cashed by one of her followers after she posted a photo of the ticket on Facebook.
The unknown scammer was able to use the image of the ticket to deceive a store clerk into paying out the prize, which was under the $600 threshold.