Only two game cards out of every 500,000 sold in this game of chance could win the top prize of $10,000.
But Mr John Berchmans, 69, a part-time property agent, was convinced that he had scored the top prize of $10,000 for each of the 43 Fast Start Scratchit! cards he had bought, which he claimed won him $430,000 in total.
He also claimed that each one of the 48 other cards he bought in two other games of chance also struck the top prize of $10,000 each. In all, he claimed that he should win $910,000. Singapore Pools disagreed.
Yesterday, Mr Berchmans went to trial seeking that amount from the lottery operator.