LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- A Long Beach resident is suing the California State Lottery Commission and a local liquor store for failing to honor a winning Scratchers ticket worth $5 million.
Ward Thomas is suing the commission and Los Altos Mobil gas station along Bellflower Boulevard for damages resulting from the loss and denial of the winning ticket.
In the lawsuit, Thomas claims on or around Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. he and his 16-year-old son Benjamin went to the Mobil Mart to buy California Lottery tickets, which they had done in the past.
At Ward's request, he sent his son inside with 12 "Deluxe 7's" Scratchers that totaled $330 in winnings. He asked his son to exchange the tickets for more Scratchers, according to the lawsuit.