The Spragues–a retired couple in Pueblo, Colo.–have better reason than most of us to ponder the old saw, “easy come, easy go.” For an exhilarating hour or so last weekend, the Spragues opened up the Sunday paper to discover that they had won more than $4 million in the Colorado Lotto.

There was just one problem, however: The newspaper had printed the wrong numbers.

Sprague and her husband Jim decided they wouldn’t tell anybody until they were sure, except for their daughter, who was home visiting.

“We don’t do the Internet or the computer or anything and my husband says, ‘I got to tell somebody,’ so we told her. We were discussing it and talking and then one of us said, maybe there’s more than one winner. And she said, ‘Why I don’t check on the Internet?’ So she went on her laptop and she checked the numbers and they were wrong.”

Sprague says she felt crushing disappointment, even though the high of contemplating their seven-figure payday was short-lived. “It was only for about an hour that we were millionaires,” she says.

All told, Sprague and her husband have been remarkably classy and understanding about the local newspaper’s mistake. “Everybody makes mistakes–it’s just human error,” she says. “I don’t blame the paper.

Jim Sprague told News5First he doesn’t plan on giving up his lottery habit: “I’ll find the right numbers one of these days,” he said, laughing.

Me? I’d sue the bastards for causing EC Syndrome (Emotional Rollercoaster).

Source: Yahoo!News

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