Mega Heartbreak: California Woman Has 54 Million Reasons to Be Upset at Fresno Bee

A sad (but slightly funny) story from our friends up north in Fresno County.

Elida Betancourt was under the impression she had just won $54 million after checking the Mega Millions numbers in the Fresno Bee Wednesday. All six of her numbers — 7-12-19-23-31 and 45 — appeared in the newspaper.

But when a family member went to the store to verify the numbers, they discovered the Fresno Bee printed the wrong numbers. Instead of printing Tuesday’s results, the newspaper printed last Friday’s results. The Fresno Bee posted a correction on its website explaining the mix-up.

This is where the story gets sad: Betancourt needs a new roof and she lost her husband in July.

“When I saw this I said now I have the money to fix what I have to fix,” Betancourt told KMPH in Fresno.

To make matters worse, Betancourt normally plays the same numbers every drawing … except for last Friday’s drawing when she played a quick pick instead.