MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A California man is holding a winning Lotto ticket worth $5 million.

But, the state won’t let him cash it in.

Ward Thomas is suing the Lotto Commission and the corporate owners of the gas station that sold the ticket.

The state is refusing to pay because Thomas’ 16-year-old son traded in some winning scratch-offs for new tickets that included the $5million winner.

You have to be 18 to buy lotto tickets, but Thomas said the gas station clerk didn’t card his son or ask how old he was.

Comments (2)
  1. Um…Everyone knows the law is you have to be 18 years old to buy a lottery ticket. It sucks for the kid but the lottery has every legal right not to pay. The employee can be fined for selling to a minor but I can’t imagine the family will have a successful lawsuit against the employee or store.

  2. I think they should put half in a trust for the boy to be used only for college education with the stipulation that he first graduate from high school. The other half should go to a gambling addiction group. And, the store where the ticket was sold should not benefit from selling the winner. The clerk who sold the ticket should be fired.

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