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Honest store clerk returns $100,000 lottery ticket

Topic closed. 36 replies. Last post 11 years ago by LOTTOMIKE.

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New Mexico
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March 10, 2005
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Posted: June 28, 2005, 6:16 pm - IP Logged

Having worked in convience stores for 10 years and having Lottery machines in those stores the entire time, I will say in the clerk's defense that those machines are sometimes hard as heck to read. They will give some of the most off the wall messages and it is not always possible to get in touch with the folks from the lottery. When I could I would call the 1-800 number which the GA lottery commision gave to all the lottery outlets. But as I said, that wasn't always possible. For my own protection, when I couldn't figure out what the message was trying to say, I would always give the customer back his or her ticket. -Bonnie


You were playing it smart.  Reading through this thread, start to finish you'll find a guy starting out suffering from the stingy winner, moves on to being a reformed larcenist in a matter of 20 or so posts by people who've never met him, who know only what they'd have done if they were him, otherwise completely innocent of any knowledge of what goes on in the heart of this man who might well just be of normal competence, but conscientious and honest.

Whew..... people will have him stalking the winner nights with a butcherknife clenched between his teeth if this goes much further.


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    dallas texas
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    April 16, 2005
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    Posted: June 28, 2005, 8:35 pm - IP Logged

    Everything happens for a reason...Common mistakes happen all of the time...So im talking for the real people...Survival of the fittest only the strong survive...I wouldnt have gave the ticket back...if i threw it away by accident...If on purpose thats a different story....Somethings are meant for you to have...It is true God works in mysterious ways..

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      June 28, 2005
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      Posted: June 28, 2005, 8:38 pm - IP Logged

      20%; after all 80% of something is better than nothing and had I been handed 200 bucks I'd wished I'd kept the whole thing from this VERY stingy person! VERY STINGY! Stingy to the point that maybe a car will hit her on her next trip to buy a lottery ticket! LOL. You STINGY STINGY BI%%%%CH !!!

        RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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        March 24, 2001
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        Posted: June 28, 2005, 8:49 pm - IP Logged

        I keep all my losing tickets for tax purposes just in case I win some money later.  Lottery players should request the return of all their tickets unless the clerk need them as a record of payouts.  Some clerks will even return your winning tickets after the payouts has been recorded at the terminal.


         * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                     Evil Looking       

          Blaine WA
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          June 15, 2005
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          Posted: June 29, 2005, 7:56 am - IP Logged

           i agree the ticket readers are sometimes difficult to read and or operate.

          here, where i check mine the machine is frequently out of service.

          also when i check my numbers  i have missed winners that the machine found for me (two four number winners) i believe the clerk was doing the best they could and was not cheating or being careless.

           i think i would have given a tip of 10%.

          the comments here do not seem to reflect those opinions on the related page of polling whether to return tickets or not.


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            Posted: June 29, 2005, 5:06 pm - IP Logged

            I have worked with John Martin for a long time at Circle K. He is a very honest man and would only think about doing the right thing. It would have ate at him forever if he hadn't been so honest. He was happy with the $200 anything helps since we make just over minimum wage. It would have been nice to get more and most people probably would have given more. But John is not greedy. He takes what life has to offer him. To be fortunate enough to make someone else happy by returning a large winner is satisfaction enough for him. 

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              Posted: July 28, 2005, 3:30 am - IP Logged

              it's always nice to bless other people with our blessings.


              your right about that....