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Couple Claims $4.6 Million Lottery Prize With Hour To Spare

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Posted: December 10, 2005, 12:00 pm - IP Logged

Lmat - Thanks for explaining the circumstances.  All I can say is WOW -- They're even luckier than I thought! 

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    Do you think these two are dumb? I know a guy who throws Lottery tickets away without checking them because he claims, "What are the chances I won"?

    I asked him,"why bother buying Lottery tickets"?

    The answer," You gotta be in it to win it".

    This is the truth, I kid you not.

    Thud

     

    Tell him next time to pull out a $5 bill and toss it on the ground. 

     

    Its better to have played and lost, then to have never played at all.  Unless you dont check your numbers.  Then why bother. 

     

    I Agree!

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      They may regret having needlessly worked hard for the last 6 months, but they are going to have very happy holidays!  I don't understand why the lottery office was open at 11:16 pm?  Most lottery offices are only open 9-5, etc.  They are lucky they got some official person to validate their ticket so late at night.  What a close call!

      They would have gotten a different reaction from the New Jersey Lottery, I've never had to ask the same question more then four times, or wait longer then two months for a response.  They're right there for the consumer!

      Lurking12/10

      CHEWIE:......LOLOLOLOL.........you are determined to make  me (LMAO)....LOLOLOL.. I am......

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        Do you think these two are dumb? I know a guy who throws Lottery tickets away without checking them because he claims, "What are the chances I won"?

        I asked him,"why bother buying Lottery tickets"?

        The answer," You gotta be in it to win it".

        This is the truth, I kid you not.

        HAPPY SATURDAY.......12/10

        LOLOLOLOL........that's like waiting for the Bus to come, it arrives, but he doesn't get on it, because there is no place to sit, even though it's not crowded. He decides to wait for the next bus, which is also not crowded, but without an empty seat...So again, he waits.....LOLOLOLLO

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          Wow! What drama. Almost sounds like one of those rumors you hear, except it really happened. Just to add my 2 cents...I'm also surprised that the terminal was still available to check the ticket at that hour.  They're lucky there wasn't a power or line failure. I've been to stores where the machines were off-line, i.e., after the hurricanes, even when we had our electricity back. One thing I don't understand is how they didn't know there was an unclaimed winning ticket until the last minute. If they play twice a week & didn't know, I can only assume they don't use the internet to check their numbers. Maybe the CO lottery is different, but in FL they always make the announcement well in advance.  On the new web site you have to click on a link, but a true lottery player would not only check his tickets, but also read those press releases "just in case." One thing I don't like is the new site has this information in .pdf format.

          In 2003 a jackpot of $54 million here in FL went unclaimed. (You probably know this already.) Can't imagine. I kept thinking "this person must be dead." 

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            Do you think these two are dumb? I know a guy who throws Lottery tickets away without checking them because he claims, "What are the chances I won"?

            I asked him,"why bother buying Lottery tickets"?

            The answer," You gotta be in it to win it".

            This is the truth, I kid you not.

            Thud

             

            Tell him next time to pull out a $5 bill and toss it on the ground. 

             

            Its better to have played and lost, then to have never played at all.  Unless you dont check your numbers.  Then why bother. 

             

            I Agree!

            Maybe this type of behavior explains some of the fabulous JACKPOTS  that go unclaimed each year. My story is sadly true. Thanks to everyone who responded; it goes to show that sometimes the truth is indeed starnger than fiction-Demonter

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              ...THE TRUTH IS INDEED STRANGER THAN FICTION...i HAVE TO IMPROVE MY TYPING.

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                Wow! What drama. Almost sounds like one of those rumors you hear, except it really happened. Just to add my 2 cents...I'm also surprised that the terminal was still available to check the ticket at that hour.  They're lucky there wasn't a power or line failure. I've been to stores where the machines were off-line, i.e., after the hurricanes, even when we had our electricity back. One thing I don't understand is how they didn't know there was an unclaimed winning ticket until the last minute. If they play twice a week & didn't know, I can only assume they don't use the internet to check their numbers. Maybe the CO lottery is different, but in FL they always make the announcement well in advance.  On the new web site you have to click on a link, but a true lottery player would not only check his tickets, but also read those press releases "just in case." One thing I don't like is the new site has this information in .pdf format.

                In 2003 a jackpot of $54 million here in FL went unclaimed. (You probably know this already.) Can't imagine. I kept thinking "this person must be dead." 

                HAPPY SUNDAY "JUST"

                You know, as I think about it seriously, some people play, "just for the heck of it" and really don't care much wether they win or lose. If they win that's nice, but it's not that important. Some people have so much money already,  that it's not an issue one way or another. As in the Case of the US Senator who recently won $864,000.00......He didn't need the money, it was just fun for  him to win....I  suspect this may be the case w/that couple as well... 

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                  They were "working class" people.  He a truck driver, she worked in an office.

                  Cheers

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                    Wow! What drama. Almost sounds like one of those rumors you hear, except it really happened. Just to add my 2 cents...I'm also surprised that the terminal was still available to check the ticket at that hour.  They're lucky there wasn't a power or line failure. I've been to stores where the machines were off-line, i.e., after the hurricanes, even when we had our electricity back. One thing I don't understand is how they didn't know there was an unclaimed winning ticket until the last minute. If they play twice a week & didn't know, I can only assume they don't use the internet to check their numbers. Maybe the CO lottery is different, but in FL they always make the announcement well in advance.  On the new web site you have to click on a link, but a true lottery player would not only check his tickets, but also read those press releases "just in case." One thing I don't like is the new site has this information in .pdf format.

                    In 2003 a jackpot of $54 million here in FL went unclaimed. (You probably know this already.) Can't imagine. I kept thinking "this person must be dead." 

                    HAPPY SUNDAY "JUST"

                    You know, as I think about it seriously, some people play, "just for the heck of it" and really don't care much wether they win or lose. If they win that's nice, but it's not that important. Some people have so much money already,  that it's not an issue one way or another. As in the Case of the US Senator who recently won $864,000.00......He didn't need the money, it was just fun for  him to win....I  suspect this may be the case w/that couple as well... 

                    Coffee

                    Alot of people play for the heck of it. It's an urban legend that only poor, desperate people "waste their money" on Lottery tickets. Take our Senator Millionaire... made the world-wide news; or, Jack Whitaker from West Virginia, he too was already a millionaire contractor; half the people who win BIG Jackpots are comfortably middle class or better. In my town, a guy who owned a big restaurant hit for 3 million; the Whites in May 2004 hit the largest POWERBALL jackpot in PA history-netted $110 million CASH; they live in a very nice community both have excellent corporate jobs. Go look back at the POWERBALL winners list...very few winners where totally broke before they hit. In my area a pool of over 30 employees at a local supermarket bagged a 30 millionplus hit two years ago, that was a mixed bag of union cashiers, butchers, stockmen and salaried management. Broke? Poor? Smart I would say.

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                      They were "working class" people.  He a truck driver, she worked in an office.

                      Point well made "CHEWIE" but even among the "working class" there are people who play this game, the "Powerball" and many others who simply enjoy the gamble....and don't watch their tickets.....or when they win, don't change their lifestyles.....such as the two brothers who were also "working class" janitors/maintenance men...who decided to return to work after winning millions,  never indulged themselves w/luxories....they wwere written about here in the LP and we all commented about how amazing it was. ...And there have been others, look at the woman and her husband who bought a "cow" and faded into the sunset.......Nothing Fabulous, unless you have a "thing" for "dairy cows" lololololololol...

                      My point is.....many people play far more often than we do, but don't take the game seriously they just like to gamble, and if they win $2-$3 off the scratch offs, are satisfied....but they don't watch their tickets.......

                      Thudlololololol.....phew....did you get all that "CHEWIE".......


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                        They were "working class" people.  He a truck driver, she worked in an office.

                        Point well made "CHEWIE" but even among the "working class" there are people who play this game, the "Powerball" and many others who simply enjoy the gamble....and don't watch their tickets.....or when they win, don't change their lifestyles.....such as the two brothers who were also "working class" janitors/maintenance men...who decided to return to work after winning millions,  never indulged themselves w/luxories....they wwere written about here in the LP and we all commented about how amazing it was. ...And there have been others, look at the woman and her husband who bought a "cow" and faded into the sunset.......Nothing Fabulous, unless you have a "thing" for "dairy cows" lololololololol...

                        My point is.....many people play far more often than we do, but don't take the game seriously they just like to gamble, and if they win $2-$3 off the scratch offs, are satisfied....but they don't watch their tickets.......

                        Thudlololololol.....phew....did you get all that "CHEWIE".......

                        Many people don't bother to cash in their smaller wins. I wonder what percentage of the $1 token prize for 3/6 in NY Lotto goes unclaimed.

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                          They were "working class" people.  He a truck driver, she worked in an office.

                          Point well made "CHEWIE" but even among the "working class" there are people who play this game, the "Powerball" and many others who simply enjoy the gamble....and don't watch their tickets.....or when they win, don't change their lifestyles.....such as the two brothers who were also "working class" janitors/maintenance men...who decided to return to work after winning millions,  never indulged themselves w/luxories....they wwere written about here in the LP and we all commented about how amazing it was. ...And there have been others, look at the woman and her husband who bought a "cow" and faded into the sunset.......Nothing Fabulous, unless you have a "thing" for "dairy cows" lololololololol...

                          My point is.....many people play far more often than we do, but don't take the game seriously they just like to gamble, and if they win $2-$3 off the scratch offs, are satisfied....but they don't watch their tickets.......

                          Thudlololololol.....phew....did you get all that "CHEWIE".......

                          Many people don't bother to cash in their smaller wins. I wonder what percentage of the $1 token prize for 3/6 in NY Lotto goes unclaimed.

                          See Ya!HI CASH N'CARRY.......HAPPY TUESDAY......12/13

                          NOW, that's also true because I have some smaller wins...very small, that I haven't bothered to turn in and yet I go into the store that sold them to me all the time...I'm not as interested in those, but if I ever get terribly hungry and  need to buy some Bread...lolollolol..I can make a sandwich..........lololololololol


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                            They were "working class" people.  He a truck driver, she worked in an office.

                            Point well made "CHEWIE" but even among the "working class" there are people who play this game, the "Powerball" and many others who simply enjoy the gamble....and don't watch their tickets.....or when they win, don't change their lifestyles.....such as the two brothers who were also "working class" janitors/maintenance men...who decided to return to work after winning millions,  never indulged themselves w/luxories....they wwere written about here in the LP and we all commented about how amazing it was. ...And there have been others, look at the woman and her husband who bought a "cow" and faded into the sunset.......Nothing Fabulous, unless you have a "thing" for "dairy cows" lololololololol...

                            My point is.....many people play far more often than we do, but don't take the game seriously they just like to gamble, and if they win $2-$3 off the scratch offs, are satisfied....but they don't watch their tickets.......

                            Thudlololololol.....phew....did you get all that "CHEWIE".......

                            Many people don't bother to cash in their smaller wins. I wonder what percentage of the $1 token prize for 3/6 in NY Lotto goes unclaimed.

                            See Ya!HI CASH N'CARRY.......HAPPY TUESDAY......12/13

                            NOW, that's also true because I have some smaller wins...very small, that I haven't bothered to turn in and yet I go into the store that sold them to me all the time...I'm not as interested in those, but if I ever get terribly hungry and  need to buy some Bread...lolollolol..I can make a sandwich..........lololololololol

                            libra:

                            Isn't 3/6 in Maryland Lotto $2? It's a much smaller game than NY Lotto. Will you miss MD Lotto?

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                              They were "working class" people.  He a truck driver, she worked in an office.

                              Point well made "CHEWIE" but even among the "working class" there are people who play this game, the "Powerball" and many others who simply enjoy the gamble....and don't watch their tickets.....or when they win, don't change their lifestyles.....such as the two brothers who were also "working class" janitors/maintenance men...who decided to return to work after winning millions,  never indulged themselves w/luxories....they wwere written about here in the LP and we all commented about how amazing it was. ...And there have been others, look at the woman and her husband who bought a "cow" and faded into the sunset.......Nothing Fabulous, unless you have a "thing" for "dairy cows" lololololololol...

                              My point is.....many people play far more often than we do, but don't take the game seriously they just like to gamble, and if they win $2-$3 off the scratch offs, are satisfied....but they don't watch their tickets.......

                              Thudlololololol.....phew....did you get all that "CHEWIE".......

                              Many people don't bother to cash in their smaller wins. I wonder what percentage of the $1 token prize for 3/6 in NY Lotto goes unclaimed.

                              See Ya!HI CASH N'CARRY.......HAPPY TUESDAY......12/13

                              NOW, that's also true because I have some smaller wins...very small, that I haven't bothered to turn in and yet I go into the store that sold them to me all the time...I'm not as interested in those, but if I ever get terribly hungry and  need to buy some Bread...lolollolol..I can make a sandwich..........lololololololol

                              libra:

                              Isn't 3/6 in Maryland Lotto $2? It's a much smaller game than NY Lotto. Will you miss MD Lotto?

                              HI  CASH N'CARRY...12/19/05

                              No, I won't miss it, to me it was a waste of money.  I admitt to being spoiled by M&M......