$75,000 lottery winner leaves with only $75

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
$75,000 Lottery Winner Leaves With Only $75

The search is on for a lottery winner in California who walked away with a much smaller prize than he actually won.

"He gave the ticket to my cashier, and the cashier, he put it in the machine. And it looks like a 75 because he's focusing on the 75. He didn't focus on the zero," gas station manager Shamsun Hahar Islam told KABC.

Three zeros to be exact. Instead of walking out with his actual winnings of $75,000, he left with just $75.

Lottery officials are now working to identify the man.

"We have been contacted, but we haven't had enough time to get all the answers," said Russ Lopez of the California State Lottery.

The winner turned in the ticket March 25 but didn't sign the back of the ticket -- so the recently released surveillance video is playing a big part in identifying him.

"If he cannot claim, then it goes back to the lottery company. I feel bad. I feel bad. I want to give him the ticket," Shamsun Hahar Islam told KNBC.

This 'oops' has received some national attention.

"I think he's going to turn up," said George Stephanopoulos on 'Good Morning America.'

"I think so. I think you're right there," Robin Roberts replied.

According to KABC, he has six months to claim it.

Update: The lottery "winner" was an undercover inspector. Watch below for more details.

Lottery 'Winner' Given $75 Instead of $75K Was Undercover Inspector

Also on AOL:
Family reunites with missing German Shepherd after 3 years
Navy dad returns from deployment, surprises family during SeaWorld show
Almost 1,000 strangers show up for homeless Oklahoma City veteran's funeral

Read Full Story

People are Reading