Mega Millions host John Crow misreads numbers, some lottery players cash out in defeat

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The Mega Millions jackpot is estimated to be $86 million, and host John Crow hopes the right numbers can change the lives of some lucky players, or at least bring them some extra cash.

“Let’s see if I can make you a millionaire tonight,” Crowe said Tuesday.

But that night will be very different from other nights – and likely to be miserable for Mega Millions players. After calling the first five numbers correctly (15, 19, 20, 61 and 70), Crow called the golden Mega Ball.

“The golden super ball is a 6,” he said, showing the ball with a chyron.

question? The ball is actually a 9 with a line drawn under it to distinguish it from the 6 – but it was incorrectly identified as spinning after being selected. Mega Millions was quick to apologise for the mistake, and some payouts were suspended for the mistake. The YouTube video of the figure posted to the Mega Millions channel includes corrections to errors.

“On May 10, 2022, the host of the Mega Millions draw incorrectly referred to the Mega Ball as a 6 instead of a 9. The 9 ball was drawn into the chamber and is the official result,” the group said in a statement. We apologize for the confusion caused.”

While no one won the estimated $86 million jackpot on Tuesday, players still cashed out on the wrong call. In every state outside of California, Mega Millions pays $2 for a ticket if the player matches only the Golden Super Ball, and $4 if the player matches the Golden Ball and a ticket with the correct number. Depending on the lottery, players who match a golden ball with two, three or four can win between $10 and $10,000.

In New York, some players who thought they had guessed the Superball right and won the lottery have claimed thousands of dollars based on the wrong numbers.

“Due to human error related to the May 10, 2022 Millionaire Draw, the New York Lottery paid a total of $5,538 to players who presented the wrong winning numbers to retailers on May 11 before approximately 10 a.m. ” the group said in a statement posted on its website. “This payment is an outstanding lottery ticket that is automatically recovered through the lottery account. No impact on educational aid or taxpayer funds.”

New York Lottery officials say retailers have resumed payouts for Mega Millions prizes after they “suspended payouts.”

The Ravens did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday. Lottery officials pointed to their statement earlier this week to The Washington Post.

Mega Millions tickets are sold in 45 states as well as the District and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In Tuesday’s draw, more than 287,000 players correctly guessed the Golden Superball as a 9 and won at least $2, according to Mega Millions.

In recent years, lottery winners have benefited from mistakes in a number of ways. A Detroit man has won $2 million in 2020 after accidentally selling a $20 lottery ticket instead of the $10 he asked for, according to the Associated Press. In November, a Southern California woman said “some rude person” bumped into her, causing her to press the wrong button on a lottery vending machine. All was forgiven when LaQuedra Edwards found out she had won $10 million.

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It is not unknown that people cashed out with incorrect lottery numbers. In 2002, the Maryland Lottery came under fire for allowing $112,000 worth of invalid scratch-off tickets to be redeemed and paying out $86,000 to non-winners after posting false winning numbers on the Internet three times.

According to his bio, Crowe is an Atlanta-based actor and host who has appeared in a series of roles in TV shows and movies including “Flying,” “I, Tonya,” and “Rampage.” In 2008, he beat more than 4,700 applicants to become the host of the Georgia Lottery, which kept him drawing the Mega Millions lottery for about 14 years, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His resume shows that when Crow read the millionaire numbers for the $1.6 billion jackpot announced in October 2018, he hosted the largest lottery jackpot ever in the United States.

With no one winning the $86 million jackpot earlier in the week, Friday night’s jackpot was estimated at $99 million.

While Crow has yet to officially comment on this week’s game, fans have already expressed their support for him.

“Everyone makes mistakes. Thank you for not being a brain surgeon,” one fan tweeted to him on Friday. “It’s not something that everyone is doing.”

crow Reply He was grateful for their concern, with an emoji holding back tears.

“Everything is fine,” he tweeted.

He added that he’ll be back on stream and ready to see if he can make someone a millionaire again: “See you in the draw tonight.”

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