Bleichroth collected $145 and went to a QT convenience store where she purchased 145 tickets using Quick Pick, a computer that's supposed to randomly select your numbers for you.
But after bringing the tickets back to her shop and making copies for everyone, one of her employees noticed something peculiar about those two seemingly normal tickets.
“One of the guys, actually I didn't even notice it, one of the guys in the back said, 'You know, you got two tickets here that are exactly the same,” Bleichroth said.
The 60 numbers on one ticket are the exact same as the tickets on the second ticket. Row after row, the numbers are identical on both tickets.
At first, Bleichroth thought the Quick Pick machine accidentally spit out a duplicate ticket. But a closer look at the validation numbers at the bottom of the tickets reveal they are not copies.
“It made us pause and say how can this be?” Bleichroth said.
Bleichroth said the odds of getting 10 identical sets of numbers are higher than winning the lottery itself. Either that or something is wrong, she said, so she contacted 3 On Your Side.
“Is this totally random?” she asked. “It has a lot of us talking about that. How random is lottery? How legitimate is lottery? How uncorrupted is lottery?”
Bleichroth said the strange ordeal has caused her to question the lottery's legitimacy.
“This is such a huge thing,” she said. “I can't imagine that there's a teeny little glitch that only two identical tickets were ever produced like this number.”