Newspaper Misprint Nearly Costs Lotto Winner Her Jackpot

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

A local hotel manager who won the lottery and became an overnight millionaire sat down with 11 News and told us how a newspaper misprint almost cost her the jackpot.

Grand Vista Hotel manager Debra Revis says even though she's had more than 24 hours to let it sink in, she still can't wrap her head around the fact that she's now a millionaire.

"I don't think it's really hit me yet," said Revis. "It does not comprehend. It just doesn't seem possible."

While she and her husband on their way to the Mesa for the 4th of July weekend, they pulled into the Conoco gas station near their Palisade home and took a quick look around the Super Stop convenience store.

"I was like eh, I'll buy a couple of lotto tickets," said Revis.

A day later, she was reading the Daily Sentinel and decided to see how those tickets had done. As she glanced over the six numbers on the page, she started getting excited -- the first five listed in the paper, matched the first five on her ticket.

"And then I read the last one and it wasn't correct," said Revis.

Slightly disappointed that the paper said 27 and her ticket read 37 --

"I was like I just wish I hadn't got any of them right, if I'm just gonna get five," said Revis.

-- she called her son, who's an avid lotto player, to find out if she'd won anything. So he went online to the Colorado Lottery's website and learned that five numbers would get her $498. He says out of curiousity, he asked his mom what her numbers were. When she told him, he realized she was going to be taking home a lot more than $498.

"Immediately my gut just dropped," said Sheldon Revis, Debra's son. "I'm sitting there looking at the right numbers on the computer and I said mom, you've won the lottery."

Debra says she was in total shock.

"So I looked at my husband and I said, Barry, I matched all six numbers," said Revis. "He goes, well what did you do that for? I like things just the way they are."

She and her son say it's a feeling they don't think will ever go away.

"It just gives you that kind of feeling like why me?" said Revis.

"You think you're prepared for something like that, but you have absolutely no idea," said Sheldon Revis.

Debra chose to accept her prize in cash, raking in $2.1 million before taxes. She says her only plan is to save it all for when she and her husband retire.

"We'll keep working and life is normal," said Revis. "It's just nice to know it's there."

And even though that misprint nearly cost her millions, she says she's not upset with the Daily Sentinel, who even called her to apologize.

"I make mistakes everyday myself," said Revis.

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  • by Rick Location: Grand Junction on Jul 9, 2009 at 08:20 AM
    This is not the first time the Daily Sentinel has misprinted winning Colorado Lottery numbers. Makes you wonder what else they misprint.
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