|Posted: July 17, 2012, 12:47 am - IP Logged|
Why should the proceeds of a legitimate prize won with a legitimate ticket go back to the lottery? There was nothing wrong with the ticket. It was the money used to buy the ticket that was a problem. The lottery was paid for the ticket by the store that sold it, and the store, assuming they accepted the card in good faith, was paid by the credit card company. If she had bought a car and the dealer was paid would you think the dealer was entitled to take the car back and sell it again at a 2nd 50% markup?
Unless the dead woman's estate paid the credit card company for all of the unauthorized debt, there's absolutely no rational reason that her estate has a cclaim on any merchandise that was *stolen* by using the card.
If the credit card company wasn't paid back they should be the legitimate owner of any recovered merchandise that was fraudulently bought with the card. Since they don't seem to have asked for the prize there's only one option left.
If she had bought a car or a house with money gained from a crime the state gets to take it. Other people may think differently, but I think that not letting criminals benefit from their crimes makes sense.
Why should the proceeds of a legitimate prize won with a legitimate ticket go back to the lottery?
Because if the prize is not "legitimate" enough to be awarded to someone, the money should go back to where it came from.
If she had bought a car or a house with money gained from a crime the state gets to take it.
The states are regularly using/abusing these same laws to steal cash, cars, and property from people who AREN'T criminals. They take property and declare it guilty until proven innocent and force you to pay all manner of fees to try to get it back. Just last week, I blogged about a case in D.C.
I think that not letting criminals benefit from their crimes makes sense.
Does that include state employees?
In neo-conned Amerika, bank robs you.
Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms should be the name of a convenience store, not a govnoment agency.