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Woman thinks she won lottery jackpot after newspaper misprint

September 15, 2011 |  7:48 am

Mega Millions mixup

A Fresno County woman who thought she had won the $54-million Mega Millions jackpot after checking the numbers in her local newspaper is actually not a winner after all.

Elida Betancourt of Parlier, Calif., was elated when she compared her ticket to the winning numbers printed in the Fresno Bee on Wednesday morning. The paper indicated she had hit it big in Tuesday's drawing with the numbers 7, 12, 19, 23, 31 and 45.

Thinking she had won $54 million, she started screaming and crying in celebration. Betancourt, who lost her husband in late July and is in need of a new roof, believed she had an angel looking out for her.

But, the excitement was short-lived.

A family member went to a lottery ticket vendor to verify the numbers and they were different from those in the paper.

It turns out the Bee reprinted Friday's Mega Million drawing results instead of Tuesday's.

The Bee has since posted a correction on its website and provided the correct numbers.

Betancourt told KMPH-TV she always plays the same numbers in every drawing, but for some reason she played a "quick pick" last Friday.

"I rechecked it about five times and they were still the same numbers and I started screaming and crying. I sat down on the floor," she told the television station. "My son heard me screaming. He thought I was having a heart attack."


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-- KTLA News

Photo: Mega Millions lotto file photo. Credit: KTLA-TV