Grass Valley, CA — In a shocking turn of events, the California Lottery refuses to pay out over $2 million to a local man, Miguel Rodriguez, who claims he used the ChatGPT language model to pick the winning numbers. According to lottery officials, using AI technology to select numbers is not allowed, so Mr. Rodriguez’s claim is invalid.

“I just can’t believe it,” said Mr. Rodriguez, a local investment banker who enjoyed selling flowers on the corner of Brunswick and Sutton as a hobby. “I thought using an AI to help me pick the numbers was just a clever idea, but I never imagined it would cost me my winnings.”

While some in the community sympathize with Mr. Rodriguez’s plight, others believe the California Lottery’s decision is right. “Rules are rules,” said Juanita Hernandez, a local business owner. “If he used an AI to pick the numbers, then he knew what he was getting into. It’s not like he won the old-fashioned way by buying a ticket and choosing his own numbers.”

Another resident, Carlos Ramirez, agreed.

“It’s not fair to the rest of us who play the lottery by the rules,” he said. “If we can’t use AI to pick our numbers, he shouldn’t be able to either. It’s just common sense.”

Despite the controversy, the California Lottery has clarified that Mr. Rodriguez’s claim will not be paid out. As for Mr. Rodriguez, he says he plans to continue selling flowers on the corner of Brunswick and Sutton, even if it means missing out on his chance at a big payday.

“I guess I’ll just have to stick to the old-fashioned way of playing the lottery,” he said. “At least that way, I know the rules.”