The Internet never forgets, especially when the winner is . . . a flub. A big, juicy flub. Once the wrong information is released, the wrong tweet tweeted, or the wrong name announced, in the digital world, it’s forever.
This morning’s Massachusetts Lottery mix-up was no exception. At 6:25 a.m, Kamaljeet Kaur of Handy Variety store in Watertown had reporters waiting outside her store to ask how she felt about selling the ticket for the largest jackpot won on a single ticket in history. The winning ticket was worth $758.7 million. Kaur would’ve collected $50,000.
The other shoe dropped swiftly. At 7:50 a.m., the Massachusetts Lottery sent out a second press release. Handy Variety didn’t sell the big one. The store that did was in Chicopee. Kaur and her husband, Gurinder Singh, sold a $1 million winning ticket. They’ll still collect $10,000.
Speaking of flubs, let’s consider a few other memorable mistakes:
No one was more shocked to find out they won best picture at the Oscars in February than the cast and producers of “Moonlight.” In what was one of the most memorable endings to the Academy Awards, a bungle with the envelopes resulted in “La La Land” being declared the big winner. But almost as quickly as the speeches began, the producers of “La La Land” were told they had lost, that the announcement was a mistake. Before millions of viewers, they awkwardly made room on stage for the winners of the top honor: the team behind “Moonlight.”
Even the mere mention of the 2015 Miss Universe mix-up by Steve Harvey makes him sink into his seat. The “Family Feud” host called it “four minutes of pure hell” on “The Tonight Show” when host Jimmy Fallon asked about Harvey’s notorious and public blunder. He announced the wrong winner, mistakenly crowning Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, as Miss Universe. Except that the winner was actually Pia Wurtzbach, who was representing the Philippines. Whoops. The crown was removed from Gutierrez’s head and placed on Wurtzbach’s.
An epic newspaper correction
In what is still one of the most famous incorrect headlines ever, the Chicago Daily Tribune printed the headline “Dewey Defeats Truman” on the front page of their early edition Nov. 3, 1948. It printed long before the votes were all counted, so convinced was the newspaper’s staff that the incumbent US president, Harry S. Truman, would not be victorious over his Republican challenger and governor of New York, Thomas E. Dewey. The famous image of an elated Truman holding up the newspaper’s front page says it all.