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Judge Rejects Men's Claim To $100K Lottery Prize

Indiana LotteryIndiana Lottery: Judge Rejects Men's Claim To $100K Lottery Prize

Two Indiana men who claim they are the true winners of a $100,000 lottery ticket someone else found in the trash couldn't persuade a judge that they deserved the cash.

Administrative Law Judge Gregg Henry agreed Friday with the Hoosier Lottery's decision to deny the claim of Ronald Vinson and Ronald Douglas, who bought Hold 'Em Poker scratch-off tickets at a Shelbyville café.

The decision was not much of a surprise, considering the pair's less-than-persuasive testimony at a May hearing.

When Vinson was asked if he bought the winning ticket, he replied "I couldn't tell you for sure," according to the judge's order.

When Douglas was shown the winning ticket and asked if he recognized it, he answered, "No, I've never seen it."

After they bought their tickets, they said they asked the café clerks if their tickets were $40 winners and were told no. The tickets were then put into the trash.

Vinson and Douglas could not be reached for comment. Their attorney, J. Lee McNeely, didn't return a call for comment.

The winner ended up being Karie Jeremiah, who saw discarded tickets in the trash and asked for them so she could enter second chance drawings.

She ended up with a $100,000 winning ticket, and cashed it in on Feb. 10.

Indianapolis Star

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Posted: July 11, 2005, 10:52 am - IP Logged

When Vinson was asked if he bought the winning ticket, he replied "I couldn't tell you for sure," according to the judge's order.

When Douglas was shown the winning ticket and asked if he recognized it, he answered, "No, I've never seen it."

 

This was just a waste of time and money to take the court. I don't see how they even got a lawyer to take this with their answers. Actually to me this makes their lawyer look bad. When I 1st heard of this I thought maybe they had a case. I might have to go back to the store and dig through the trash and see if I can find me a winner, lol.

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    Posted: July 11, 2005, 11:16 am - IP Logged

    When Vinson was asked if he bought the winning ticket, he replied "I couldn't tell you for sure," according to the judge's order.

    Definitely the wrong answer.

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      Posted: July 11, 2005, 11:23 am - IP Logged

      The odds of buying a winning ticket are pretty low to begin with, but people buy them!

      The odds of finding a winning ticket in the trash are even lower, but people find them!


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        Posted: July 11, 2005, 4:01 pm - IP Logged

        Was it a Powerball ticket?

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          Posted: July 11, 2005, 4:12 pm - IP Logged

          Not unless they renamed them "Hold 'Em Poker scratch-off tickets".

           

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            Posted: July 11, 2005, 5:00 pm - IP Logged

            MA has a BAD version of that game.

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              Posted: July 16, 2005, 5:24 am - IP Logged

              indiana has the worst lottery.period.