Unluckiest Lottery 'Winner' Ever

Publish Date
Monday, 2 February 2015, 4:42PM

Mr Ifergan, an accountant, went to his local convenience store just before 9 pm on May 23, 2008, to purchase tickets for that night's "Lotto Super 7" drawing.

The store clerk told him to hurry before the 9pm deadline, according to a Canadian Supreme Court summary.

While the clock on the lottery terminal read 8.59pm, only one of the two tickets was registered in time.

The second ticket, the winning one, was printed and registered on the Loto-Quebec computer at seven seconds after 9pm, eligible for the following week's drawing.

The store clerk told Ifergan that only one ticket was registered in time and asked if he still wanted to buy the second ticket. Mr Ifergan said he did, and paid for both.

After he was denied half of the £14 million lottery jackpot, which was awarded to another winner, Mr Ifergan sued Loto-Quebec for the processing lag.

The Supreme Court did not comment on the case.