US man sues lottery after being told $340m win is error

USA: A Washington DC man who thought he won a jackpot worth $340m (£270m) has sued Powerball and the DC Lottery, who claim they published his numbers by mistake.

John Cheeks said he felt “numb” when he first saw Powerball’s winning numbers matched his ticket in January 2023.

But when Mr Cheeks presented his ticket to the Office of Lottery and Gaming (OLG), his claim was denied. “One of the claims agents told me my ticket was no good, just to throw it in the trash can,” he told the BBC.

Instead, Mr Cheeks held on to that ticket and found a lawyer.

He is now suing the lottery for damages, in the amount of the Powerball jackpot, plus the interest he would have earned on it per day – totalling $340m.

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