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Lottery ticket plucked from trash wins $100,000

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Posted: February 17, 2005, 3:51 pm - IP Logged
Quote: Originally posted by four4me on February 17, 2005




I worked with a guy that won 500,000 on a scratcher. he had taken his wife and family to dinner there were 4 adults  and 2 children. his wife asked him to buy this ten dollar scratcher. The place where he bought the ticket for her was more of a restaurant than a bar and selling lottery tickets was a side line affair. So she scratches the ticket and they have uncovered 500.000 on the ticket three times. She doesn't know if it's a winner or not she hands it to him he looks at it and see's the three 500,000 windows also. and can't decide if it's a winner or not then he hands the ticket to the other couple who also look at the ticket and see the three 500,000 windows.  These people are all college educated hold high profile jobs. On the ticket it clearly says match three like amounts win that prize. They hand the ticket to the waitress and ask her to check it she leaves and returns shortly telling them the have a winner. No way they exclaim cant be the waitress says sure it is take it to the lottery and they will verify it.

Some people educated or not have trouble realizing that they have won something so easy from just spending a few bucks they can't believe their eyes or become dumbfounded when faced with having won an extreme amount of money.

If it were me that scratched the ticket i would have quietly finished eating and ran all the way home to stash the ticket and celebrate.  





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    Posted: February 17, 2005, 8:51 pm - IP Logged

    Todd this guy kills me he is one of those guys you can't talk to until he has 3 cups of coffie in em....... knows it all. Is an avid hunter in his spare time. If the ticket was for boxes of ammo he probably would have jumped for joy in the resturant. I would have been embarrased to admit that i couldn't understand that i won 500,000 grand this guy was practacally bagin about how he needed varyfication from additional people. He's very lucky the waitress didn't keep walking out the door with the ticket or come back and tell him it was worthless. BTW that was about 3 yrs ago moneys all gone spent.

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      Posted: February 17, 2005, 9:31 pm - IP Logged
      Quote: Originally posted by tg636 on February 17, 2005

      Just think of the winning tickets thrown away that aren't found. I don't buy scratch tickets anymore, but I like to grab a few from the trash and look them over. Almost as much chance of winning as buying them and a lot cheaper, I like to say. I've found a few winners in the $1 -15 range, so I know people do toss out winning tickets.






      I do that all the time. No luck yet though.

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        Posted: February 17, 2005, 10:05 pm - IP Logged

        I pick up tickets all the time and always see the bonus box on certain tickets NEVER scratched.  I also at the end of the year went through all my old tickets as I throw them out at end of year and found about 50 bucks in winners in scratch offs, so it happens a lot more than you would think.

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          Posted: February 17, 2005, 11:48 pm - IP Logged

          I recently picked up 4 wadded up tickets and found one that wasn't even scratched off. Didn't even win anything though. 

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            Quote: Originally posted by fwlawrence on February 17, 2005

            I recently picked up 4 wadded up tickets and found one that wasn't even scratched off. Didn't even win anything though.




            I found unscratched tickets before. They did have a little bit scratched that had all the binary and stuff. But not the actual game. Again, no winner.

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              Posted: February 18, 2005, 2:53 am - IP Logged

              The indiana lottery has already been BUSTED IN THE PAST! The SECURITY GUY TOLD HIS TWO FRIEND WHERE THE WINNING TICKET WAS WORTH I MILLION DOLLARS,His two friend went into the store,purchased700 DOLLARS WORTH OF TICKETS,  WHOLE ROLL.

              Then brought the winning ticket into the Indiana lottery office to collect the money.

              One of the lottery workers recognizes one of the two guys as the security officers friend

              AN INVESTIGAION beginsTHEY WERE BUSTED FOR THEFT ALONG WITH THE SECURITY OFFICER.

              SINCE THIS IS THE CASE, MAYBE IT IS ANOTHER SCAM!

               

              MAYBE THIS IS WHAT REALLY HAPPENED.

              another crooked security guy tells two more of his friends where the winning scratcher is,

              rememeber they have already done this trick once, so i am not making it up so dont look at me as crazy, just passing on old news is all!

               

              SO WHY NOT AGAIN! but this time we have to have a good story.

              I mean who is going to know they are way out in the boon docks, in the middle of indiana somewhere.

              So the one who dropped the ticket in the trash and the one who found it are actually friends, of the new security guy, the new one who told them where the winning ticket was at.

              YET TO COVER THEIR TRACKS THEY HAVE TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE THEY DONT KNOW EACH OTHER AND CONCOCT THIS STORY!

              SO ONE GUY DROPS IT IN THE TRASH THE OTHER PICKS IT UP, AND CASHES IT IN, NO ONE IS THE WISER.Thats How i would do it if i were criminally minded

              THE CLERK AT THE STORE WAS INVOLVED IN IT too!

               

              IS THAT FUNNY OR WHAT? LOL

               

              SEE YA

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                Posted: February 18, 2005, 10:45 am - IP Logged

                 I agree that the clerk may have been involved, but in a different way.  The clerk may have seen it was a winner and knowing the buyer was naive, told them it wasn't a winner, knowing they would throw it away. The clerk then calls a friend  with the scheme to take it out of the garbage can and they split it on the sly.

                Why else in the world would the clerk not have scanned the ticket? The scanner won't look only for a $40 winner, it will tell you exactly what you've won.

                Something that would solve problems like this for not-so-bright people would be to have the scanner play music (as they do in New Mexico) when a winner is scanned or a mandatory receipt given to the customer every time a ticket is scanned showing if it won anything or if it's a loser.

                Even this however, will not circumvent the error of putting blind faith in a minimum-wage convenience store clerk who could use the money as much or more as the rube buying the ticket.

                 

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                  Posted: February 18, 2005, 5:11 pm - IP Logged

                   well, i,m   

                                                               

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                    Posted: February 18, 2005, 10:11 pm - IP Logged
                    Quote: Originally posted by Todd on February 17, 2005


                    Shame on the ticket-buyer for not checking their own ticket, and shame on the store clerk who should know how to examine the ticket.




                    True. I blame the ticket buyer most. If I wanna make sure, I ask the clerk AND have the clerk run it through the machine, THEN bring the ticket home to make sure again for myself, or by another person.

                    Would the lottery organization make it public if a 1st prize "scratch ticket" has won, but not claimed? I hope so.

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                      Posted: February 18, 2005, 10:13 pm - IP Logged

                      Quote: Originally posted by RJOh on February 17, 2005




                      When you speak with a clerk working in the place where you buy your lottery tickets, you're not speaking to someone representing the lottery.  In some cases, you're not speaking to someone who even understand the games. 

                      RJOh





                      True, they're are sort of responsible, but I don't agree that they are "totally" responsible... kinda a sensitive subject.
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                        Posted: February 18, 2005, 10:18 pm - IP Logged
                        Quote: Originally posted by fja on February 17, 2005


                        technically the store clerk was right it was not a $40 winner, thats what they asked him to check for



                        heh another good point
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                          Posted: February 18, 2005, 10:23 pm - IP Logged
                          Quote: Originally posted by tg636 on February 17, 2005


                          The person did not drop $100,000 in the street. The person was told the ticket was not a winner by the clerk working the lottery machine, and then put it in the trash as most people do with losing tickets. It's one thing to throw out a winner without checking like the couple in MA allegedly did - it's another to think you've won and then have a lousy lottery clerk screw you over.


                          That is true. Although I think most clerks dunno jack, technically they are responsible workers of the store and of the lottery machines. So just maybe if the original ticket buyer wants to bring this to court, that arguement may win, regardless of the finders signature on it. This is a VERY sensitive and interesting thread.
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                            Posted: February 18, 2005, 10:31 pm - IP Logged

                            For a time in Florida we had stores that could sell scratchers, but were not hooked up to the lottery by computer, they had to read the ticket like a player would to see if they had to pay off. 

                            If a clerk knew their customers habits, such as tossing losing tickets into the trash, they could declare winners to be losers and pull them out later to cash at another store. 

                            The news used to tell us, who,  what, when, where, why, now they always seem to leave out the bits of information you'd need to make a fully informed judgement of the situation.  BobP
                             

                             

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                              Posted: February 18, 2005, 10:32 pm - IP Logged
                              Quote: Originally posted by tg636 on February 17, 2005


                              Just think of the winning tickets thrown away that aren't found. I don't buy scratch tickets anymore, but I like to grab a few from the trash and look them over. Almost as much chance of winning as buying them and a lot cheaper, I like to say.  I've found a few winners in the $1 -15 range, so I know people do toss out winning tickets.  




                              Exactly. I don't buy scratchers anymore either, but may in a rare case. I also pick up and keep the discarded scratchers at the store. If it's not a win, I save it for tax purposes when I win $600+. I hope the IRS counts the scratchers too lol. Wow you found some discarded winners. Kudos to you.