Pueblo Couple Thought They Were Millionaires

Newspaper Errs, Printing Wrong Winning Lottery Numbers

A Pueblo couple said they went from rags to riches, to rags again -- all because the local newspaper printed the wrong winning lottery numbers.

Jim and Dorothy Sprague said they checked the Sunday Pueblo Chieftain for the winning lottery numbers and found out their lottery ticket matched the numbers in the paper. That's when they called a son and daughter to tell them they'd won the $4.3 million lottery jackpot.

Later, they found out the numbers in the newspaper were wrong. They tried calling the newspaper on Sunday to let them know about the error, but said they got a recording.

The Chieftain reported the error Monday as a correction in its "For The Record" section, but didn't report on the couple who thought they were millionaires as a result of the Sunday printing error.

The newspaper blamed "misinformation and an oversight" for the problem. Friday's Matchplay numbers were apparently printed where Saturday's Colorado Lottery numbers should have gone.

Jim Sprague told KOAA TV that he's a bit frustrated but will continue to play the lottery.

"I hope that I'll find the right numbers one of these days," he said.

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