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Here’s what I read in an article on Fox News, the last sentence of which I take issue as to its tense:

“She accidentally put $6 in the self-service terminal and bought her tickets,” the lottery reported. “When she realized she still had $1 in credit, she thought, ‘I might as well get another SuperLotto Plus ticket.’ That sixth ticket was the winner.”

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In consideration that the ticket remains a winning ticket to the present day, shouldn’t the last sentence be, “The sixth ticket WAS DETERMINED TO BE the winner”? (Capital letters are my addition to it, replacing the original word of “was the winner.”)  Saying was the winning ticket sounds inaccurate, don't you think? Am I wrong? Please help! Thanks!

tenses asked May 05 '13 at 21:36 Heather New member

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