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WATCH: You are NOT a winner! Publishers Clearing House mistakenly tells people they've won big

Posted at 5:14 PM, Sep 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-30 17:14:10-04

SPENCER, Ind. – Imagine being told you won $10,000 only to later find out it was all a mistake. That's what happened to an Owen County, Ind., man who says he is heartbroken and is ready to file a lawsuit to get the prize he deserves.

Quite a few people got messages from Publishers Clearing House recently telling them they’d won money, only to learn they wouldn’t get it.

Watch our video in the player above for the full story and to hear from one of the people affected.

Publishers Clearing House blames the incident on human error, saying it usually doesn’t alert winners online, but it understands “the disappointment the error may have caused.” It says it has taken steps to ensure that such an occurrence cannot happen again.