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The dollar and the dream turned into a nightmare.

Cynthia DiJohn of Schenectady thought she won $10,000 in the state Lottery's scratch-off game. It turned out to be one of several gag tickets floating around but, hey, she never knew.

Lottery Division spokesman Rob Hayes said the state became aware of the fake tickets several months ago and issued a warning. The attorney general's office, however, said there apparently is nothing illegal about selling gag lottery tickets as long as they aren't represented as the real deal.

Ms. DiJohn's ticket read in small print on the back: "All winners are subject to people laughing at you. Valid only in your dreams."

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