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Ownership of $1M winning lottery ticket in question

PowerballPowerball: Ownership of $1M winning lottery ticket in question

The $1 million winning ticket from Saturday night's draw was presented to Idaho Lottery officials for payment Tuesday, but the prize has not been paid out yet.

Lottery officials authenticated the ticket as being the winner and are in possession of the ticket. However, the ownership of the ticket is still in question.

"We are working toward a swift conclusion regarding this matter," said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. "We will have a resolution by the end of the week."

Lottery offices have been busy receiving calls and e-mails from players in the Treasure Valley claiming possession of the $1 million ticket.

"There are a lot of rumors on the street about this $1 million Powerball/Power Play ticket," said Anderson. "The Lottery is in possession of the ticket and once the investigation is complete we will pay the rightful owner their $1 million prize."

Internal Lottery security measures are in place to protect the integrity of our games," explained Anderson. "With this $1 million Powerball/Power Play winning ticket, our normal security procedures require further investigation. Once the investigation is complete we will share the details and pay the rightful owner their $1 million prize."

The Idaho Lottery is not releasing the name of the store where the ticket was sold at this time for security purposes, but the ticket was purchased in Boise.

The winning ticket matched all five numbers, 14, 18, 34, 42, and 43, but not the Powerball, 32 from last Saturday night's $142 million jackpot draw.

The Power Play is a multiplier for all non-jackpot winning tickets. For an extra $1 per play, players can multiply their winning tickets by 2 to 5 five times. On Saturday night, the multiplier was 5, making the normal $200,000 winning ticket a $1 million winner. During the month of April, a ten multiplier will be added to the game.

In addition to the $1 million winning ticket, Lottery officials announced two $50,000 Power Play winning tickets were also sold in Idaho for last Saturday night's draw.

These tickets matched four numbers plus the Powerball and have the Power Play option.

One was sold at Maverik on 27th and Fairview in Boise and the other was sold at Handi-mart in Post Falls.

"All these big winners reinforce the value of players selecting the PowerPlay option to maximize their winnings," said Anderson.

The announced jackpot for Wednesday night's draw is $165 million

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Posted: March 15, 2007, 1:36 pm - IP Logged

Anyone have any idea why ownership  of a ticket would be in question?  I thought possession was 9/10 of the law, unless it was signed by someone other than the person trying to cash it.

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    Posted: March 15, 2007, 1:43 pm - IP Logged

    Mabey someone said,  "hey, get me a ticket while you're at the store, here's my numbers....."  and now friendly neighbor, has other ideas.

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      Posted: March 15, 2007, 2:14 pm - IP Logged

      Unless it was signed by someone other than the person cashing it, they should just see it as a bearer instrument. Phone calls from the area it was sold, pft!!LOL

      Gonna win.Big Smile

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        Posted: March 15, 2007, 2:33 pm - IP Logged

        "Unless it was signed by someone other than the person cashing it, they should just see it as a bearer instrument."

        Whatever cash you have in your wallet is also a bearer instrument, but that doesn't mean I become the owner just because I manage to move it from your pocket to mine. 

        There could be all sorts of reasons why there's a dispute, but apparently there isn't a single reporter who didn't think their story was finished after simply saying there's a dispute over ownership. Google news turns up a dozen sources, but  they're just minor variations on 2 or 3  stories, and not a one of them says anything about why there's a dispute. The lottery is planning a press conference to announce the winner at 3:30, so maybe some details will come out. Then, maybe the lawsuits will start.

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          Posted: March 15, 2007, 2:44 pm - IP Logged

          Party        Party

          A ten multiplier is comming to Powerball for the month of April

          Now thats something to party about!

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            Posted: March 15, 2007, 6:21 pm - IP Logged

            It could be that the person claiming the ticket also bought tickets for others  too and couldn't decide which ones belonged to him until after the drawing.  This has happened before and usually has to be investigated before the money is released.

             * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
               
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              Posted: March 15, 2007, 8:28 pm - IP Logged

              What is with Boise? Everytime you turn around there's another winner there. Are these all quick picks? Too bad Boise is about 50000 miles away.

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                Anyone have any idea why ownership  of a ticket would be in question?  I thought possession was 9/10 of the law, unless it was signed by someone other than the person trying to cash it.

                Far as I'm concerned, the person presenting the ticket (and there is no implication that the ticket isn't genuine, according to the story) is the owner.  THat person gets the million.

                I the person bought the ticket for someone else, and now decided to keep it, that's life. 

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                  I just heard an update that 4 people are claiming the ticket that was sold at a Maverik in Boise, and the courts will have to decide.  All 4 people have ties to the Maverik where the ticket was purchased the day AFTER the drawing.  Customer bought $20 ticket, it wasn't right, so the store took it back.  It laid there till the day after the drawing, then a clerk saw it was a winner and bought the ticket. 

                  I'd post a link but I don't think I've been here long enough.  I can't find the guidelines on that.  Anyway, go to ktrv dot com and click on "Courts To Decide Who Gets $1 Million Powerball Winnings"

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                    Posted: March 15, 2007, 9:51 pm - IP Logged

                    What is with Boise? Everytime you turn around there's another winner there. Are these all quick picks? Too bad Boise is about 50000 miles away.

                    In what part of the United States do you live?  Boise is almost in the middle and I didn't think you could be 50000 miles away from it and still be in the western hemisphere as the crows fly.

                     * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                       
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                      Posted: March 16, 2007, 12:16 am - IP Logged

                      I just heard an update that 4 people are claiming the ticket that was sold at a Maverik in Boise, and the courts will have to decide.  All 4 people have ties to the Maverik where the ticket was purchased the day AFTER the drawing.  Customer bought $20 ticket, it wasn't right, so the store took it back.  It laid there till the day after the drawing, then a clerk saw it was a winner and bought the ticket. 

                      I'd post a link but I don't think I've been here long enough.  I can't find the guidelines on that.  Anyway, go to ktrv dot com and click on "Courts To Decide Who Gets $1 Million Powerball Winnings"

                      Here's the story about the other parties: 

                      "Two days later, the Maverick corporation filed a claim for the winnings. That same day, the clerk who mistakenly printed the quik pick showed up at the lottery office, insisting the powerball prize was hers.

                      She also presented lottery officials with a copy of Maverick's lottery policies and procedures --which state employees will be financially responsible for any lottery tickets missing and not accounted for. According to that document, it would appear that she would be the rightful owner. But that is now up to a 4th district court to decide."

                      The policy saying an employee is financially responsible for missing merchandise is illegal, but the ticket wasn't missing or unaccounted for anyway, so the clerk who almost sold the ticket has no claim.

                      Unless the store's policy on sales of lottery tickets covers this situation and the policy was violated I'd say the store is also SOL, but I'm sure they'll claim that they were the owner and the ticket wasn't for sale. That leaves the employee who recognized that the store had merchandise for sale at a price that made it a good buy. If that employee is awarded the prize it will be interesting to see what the IRS does. Since the deal to share was made after the ticket  became worth a million bucks the IRS may believe it was a gift of $500,000.

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                        Posted: March 16, 2007, 3:24 am - IP Logged

                        "All these big winners reinforce the value of players selecting the PowerPlay option to maximize their winnings"

                        LOL! Yeah what they don't tell you is how much money this is costing milions of "losers" just for the one "lucky winner" to get the whole pot. I am usually disgruntled I wasted a dollar per game, I sure as heck ain't going to make it $2.00. I did enough of that on LFL and Match 6 so far, and now Mix and Match is following the same suit. But I feel as though I will win one of them very soon...

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                          Posted: March 16, 2007, 1:07 pm - IP Logged

                          Here's the story about the other parties: 

                          "Two days later, the Maverick corporation filed a claim for the winnings. That same day, the clerk who mistakenly printed the quik pick showed up at the lottery office, insisting the powerball prize was hers.

                          She also presented lottery officials with a copy of Maverick's lottery policies and procedures --which state employees will be financially responsible for any lottery tickets missing and not accounted for. According to that document, it would appear that she would be the rightful owner. But that is now up to a 4th district court to decide."

                          The policy saying an employee is financially responsible for missing merchandise is illegal, but the ticket wasn't missing or unaccounted for anyway, so the clerk who almost sold the ticket has no claim.

                          Unless the store's policy on sales of lottery tickets covers this situation and the policy was violated I'd say the store is also SOL, but I'm sure they'll claim that they were the owner and the ticket wasn't for sale. That leaves the employee who recognized that the store had merchandise for sale at a price that made it a good buy. If that employee is awarded the prize it will be interesting to see what the IRS does. Since the deal to share was made after the ticket  became worth a million bucks the IRS may believe it was a gift of $500,000.

                          Except the eventual winner won't have any money left, cuz now it's all going to the lawyers.  Roll Eyes

                          This has lessened my opinion of the Maverik stores.  I don't think they should be trying to claim the ticket.  They got their $50k for selling the ticket, they need to butt out of it now. 

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                            Posted: March 16, 2007, 2:12 pm - IP Logged

                            Wouldn't the ticket be invalid, because the day of purchase has expired?

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