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Woman accuses son of taking $51 million lottery ticket


Woman accuses son of taking $51 million lottery ticket



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Comment by PERDUE - May 6, 2012, 12:14 pm
She later checked her Mega Millions ticket against the numbers in a newspaper, and saw she had won, the lawsuit said.

Once Mrs. Urquhart saw that this was a winning ticket, why didn't Mrs. Urquhart and/or Mr. Urquhart, her husband sign the ticket?
Comment by PERDUE - May 6, 2012, 12:15 pm
Urquhart and her husband, Orender's stepfather, later went with Orender to the Mobil station where they met with lottery officials.

"Lottery officials requested the winning ticket be signed," the lawsuit said. "Etta May was overcome with emotions, she could barely talk and her body was shaking badly. Given her condition, Etta May asked Orender to sign the ticket on her behalf."

Why did the meeting take place at the Mobil station instead of the lottery offices? So not understanding that.

Why didn't Mrs. Urquhart tell her husband to sign the ticket? After all Mr. Urquhart (husband) was there with them and it would've made sense for the husband to sign the ticket since the wife was too emotional to sign it. Or better yet, wait until the wife had calmed down enough to sign the tickert herself
Comment by PERDUE - May 6, 2012, 12:16 pm
But as it turns out Orender "signed the winning ticket in his own name and not on behalf of Etta May," the lawsuit said.

Later, he suggested that due to the "magnitude of the situation, and the likely attention and pressures" from family, friends and strangers, Etta May should "tell others that she bought the ticket for Orender," the lawsuit said.

She agreed to the plan, according to the lawsuit, filed April 23 in Kern County. Orender ultimately opted to take a lump sum cash payment of $32.3 million, and planned to "take care of his parents and other family as well," a statement last year from Mega Millions said.

Why did Mr. and Mrs. Urquhart agree to Mr. Orender's plan instead of correcting the mistake at the lottery office? Had the Urquharts spoke up once the mistake was discovered, the problem could have been corrected and things could've been back to normal by now.

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