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Ohio Lottery Investigates Complaints of Outdated Bet Cards

LICKING COUNTY (Lu Ann Stoia) -- The Ohio Lottery Commission opened an investigation after some old Mega Millions lottery bet cards were used in the Buckeye Lake area.

The use of outdated cards could impact a player's chance to win, according to the couple who discovered the snafu.

The occurrence is possible due to a change the state lottery made to bet cards in October -- allowing people to pick their own numbers.

The commission said it changed the matrix of the game to improve the jackpot prize odds, but now there are questions about whether all those who sell tickets have the right cards.

Andrea and Mark Harrison, owners of Village Pantry who used to sell lottery tickets, said they are worried some players who pick their own numbers are being cheated.

"You definitely need to look at the bet card and make sure they are new bet cards: Number 1 to Number 75 for Pick Five and 1-15 for the Megaball," Andrew said.

The Harrisons said they found the old bet cards at an area restaurant.

"You just don't have a chance of winning," Andrea said. "That's not right."

The restaurant owner declined to comment.

Mark said he wants people to be aware of old cards in circulation. They are dated in the back bottom right corner.

"If people try to fill out and try and win their dream of 400-some million dollars and they ain't got a chance at all," he said.

The Harrisons said they don't want people's hard-earned cash wasted.

The commission spokesperson said the initial review said the issue has a limited scope. They said they are checking with all the licensed retailers in the area to make sure they have the current cards.
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