More than 400 people cashed in Hoosier lottery tickets after a production error made everyone a winner. But around a third of ticket holders have yet to claim their money.
Lottery tickets have a barcode identifying those who are winners. The lottery ended the Fast Play Golden Jackpot game after what should have been 600 losing tickets had the winning numbers. The lottery announced in March that it would bring back those tickets. People who bought one before the lottery discovered fault have until mid-September to claim their five thousand dollar prize.
Lottery director Sarah Taylor says people who threw away their tickets after learning the tickets were losers can file a sworn statement that they really bought them. The affidavit form is available on the Hoosier Lottery website. The lottery will review these affidavits at once after the Claims Deadline has expired. Director of Legal Affairs Chuck Taylor said this would allow the lottery to avoid double-pay claims, where one person submits an affidavit but another produces the actual ticket. After that, the lottery will confirm the tickets purchased at the time and place attested in the statement.
22 people have already submitted affidavits.
If each ticket holder submits a claim, it will cost the lottery three point one million dollars to settle. Sarah Taylor says the lottery expects to recover some or all of that money from the contractor who prints the tickets.
Nine people who submitted tickets had their applications denied. State law blocks payouts to underage lottery players, and winners who owe child support, taxes, or other debts to the state may have their prizes seized to cover the debt. Taylor says she doesn’t know which clause of the law prompted the denials.