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
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.”