LONG BEACH, Calif., July 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — A Long Beach man is suing the California State Lottery Commission and a Mobil Gas Station store for failing to honor a winning Scratchers ticket worth $5 million. Ward Thomas filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court last week for fraud and breach of contract claiming the commission failed to operate by its own rules.
The complaint states that on October 16, 2016, Thomas and his 16-year-old son Benjamin went to the store to cash in 12 winning “Deluxe 7’s” California State Lottery Scratchers worth $330. A cashier at the Mobil store gave Benjamin five $20 Scratchers tickets and the remaining $230 in cash. During this transaction, the Mobil store never informed Benjamin that he could not obtain state Lottery Scratchers tickets due to his age. Ward Thomas had purchased Lottery tickets from the same Mobil Store in the past.