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Lottery players learn tough lessons

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Posted: January 31, 2007, 10:59 am - IP Logged

I should have read the article more carefully or it wasn't clear.  Sorry.  I didn't realize his payment was received and processed.  I'm glad he got some money.  He took quite a cut, but $2 million net is a nice prize. I agree with KY Floyd that he shouldn't have just assumed everything was being processed. I probably would have kept playing until I had the receipt.

I still agree (as Guru wrote) that both of these men were foolish.  I'm not familiar with NY games or laws, so maybe Rick is correct. I just looked at my Lotto slip and in FL you can mark the card to play up to 52 drawings, which is 6 months, same as buying a season ticket. 

Coin Toss has an interesting point.  The drawings are supposed to be random, so it shouldn't matter, but I won't buy my tickets in advance unless I plan to go away.  It shouldn't have any effect on what numbers are picked, but I don't want to "jinx" anything! 

justxploring....if I read the article correctly here is what happened to these two guys:

Chris Ramesar:  this is the guy who did not get his subscription ticket processed in a timely manner; he got nothing.

Howard Reid:  this is the guy who tore up his ticket ; by having a law passed about claiming a lost ticket he got awarded $7 million, his share of the jackpot.   

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    Posted: January 31, 2007, 7:28 pm - IP Logged

    Yup, CALottery guy, I think you are right. Need to go back and read it.  I try to keep abreast of posts and articles on LP in-between appointments & rush sometimes, so maybe I'm not concentrating enough. Sorry. 

    Anyway, this is ridiculous isn't it?  A man tosses a ticket into the trash and gets $2 million??  I think I should have stopped at my original post.  Both of these players weren't acting responsibly. However, if Chris Ramesar sent in his subscription and can prove it, I think he deserves to be paid.  Something as important as a lottery subscription should be sent certified, return receipt requested in my opinion. I'm still wondering why someone would do that anyway unless he was living out of the state or did not have access to a store selling tickets. I guess it's a "let's get this over with" attitude.  For me, stopping to buy the tickets every week is part of the game and the fun. 

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      Posted: February 2, 2007, 12:35 pm - IP Logged

      Yup, CALottery guy, I think you are right. Need to go back and read it.  I try to keep abreast of posts and articles on LP in-between appointments & rush sometimes, so maybe I'm not concentrating enough. Sorry. 

      Anyway, this is ridiculous isn't it?  A man tosses a ticket into the trash and gets $2 million??  I think I should have stopped at my original post.  Both of these players weren't acting responsibly. However, if Chris Ramesar sent in his subscription and can prove it, I think he deserves to be paid.  Something as important as a lottery subscription should be sent certified, return receipt requested in my opinion. I'm still wondering why someone would do that anyway unless he was living out of the state or did not have access to a store selling tickets. I guess it's a "let's get this over with" attitude.  For me, stopping to buy the tickets every week is part of the game and the fun. 

      " A man tosses a ticket into the trash and gets $2 million?"

      You're looking at it the wrong way. A man who bought a winning ticket but couldn't produce it got $2 million. The money he got would have gone back to the state  as an unclaimed prize if it wasn't awarded to him. Sure, he was an idiot, but if we were always penalized every time we did something stupid we'd all be in trouble.

      "if Chris Ramesar sent in his subscription and can prove it, I think he deserves to be paid."

      When they process the subscription they send a notice telling you when it starts. They never gave him a start date, so he didn't have a subscription yet and he should have known it. He didn't pick up a ticket, either, so he didn't buy a winning ticket. The money he didn't get rolled over and went to a different player who did buy a ticket.

      Guy #1: buys a winning ticket and gets money. Guy #2 doesn't buy a ticket and doesn't get any money. Sounds pretty sensible to me.