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Tuesday, 8th April 2008
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Errors causes 'jackpot payout' from Japanese ticket machine

A number of underground train passengers in Japan have benefited from a human error which resulted in a machine giving out too much change.

Located at Hisaya-Odori Station on the Nagoya metro line, the ticket machine presented customers with bank notes worth ¥10,000 and ¥5,000, instead of the ¥1,000 notes customers should have received, reports Mainichi Daily News.

The error occurred on Friday April 4th 2008.

"I don't know why I made such a mistake," said the assistant stationmaster at the station.

A representative from the local transportation bureau added: "It is the first time that we lost cash in this kind of manner."

In total, the affected station lost ¥252,000. It was confirmed that the station's ticket machines are not able to make the distinction between the larger and smaller banknotes.

At present, the issue of paper currency from the Bank of Japan is made up of notes in the following denominations: ¥1,000, ¥2,000, ¥5,000 and ¥10,000.