"Earlier this year, the United States State Department notified some 22,000 applicants from around the world that they were among the winners of its lottery drawing for a permanent resident visa, known as a green card. A few days later, however, the State Department changed course, saying the winners were not winners after all because the required random-selection process had been done improperly. The dreams of applicants from Venezuela to Egypt and Uzbekistan to Fiji were dashed. Months later, that disappointment continues. Two would-be winners, each from Russia, talk about what it was like to have won ? and then lost." NYT, Sept. 10, 2011.