Mah Jongg In Error with a Tossed in Hand That Destroyed the Wall (Article ID 54)
Abstract: Players should verify a winner’s mah jongg before throwing in their hands:
- Player A declare mah jongg in error.
- Player B throws their hand in and destroys the wall.
- Player B has caused the game to stop and must pay the two remaining players the lowest value of any hand shown on the card.
Question from a player: When mah jongg is declared in error and a player throws in their hand breaking the wall, what happens?
Answer from the NMJL: “If Player A declares Mah Jongg in error and Player B destroys the wall before the Mah Jongg is discovered to be erroneous, the game ends. The player who destroyed the wall (Player B) must pay the value of the lowest value on the card to the remaining players (Players C and D)”
Source: Mah Jongg Made Easy 2020 pages 17 #4 para d
Other answers from the NMJL:
“The player must pay the two surviving players the lowest value on the card and the game ceases.”
“Mah jongg in error. No player should throw their hand in until mah jongg has been verified.”
“Mah jongg in error. No player should throw in their hand or expose their hand until the declarer’s hand is verified.”
“Mah jongg in error. No player should throw their hand in until mah jongg has been verified. If the declaration of mah jongg is in error, and one player throws in their hand and breaks the wall, that player is responsible for the stopping of the game. That player who broke the wall pays the two remaining players the lowest value on the card.”
Source for other answers: National Mah Jongg League Bulletin Q&A (1983 page 4, 1984, 1985, 1987 page 4, 1990 page 5, 1993 page 12, 2005, 2019) https://www.nationalmahjonggleague.org