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$800,000 lottery ticket now worthless

Topic closed. 19 replies. Last post 10 years ago by LckyLary.

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st.germain's avatar - Tarlor
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Posted: April 25, 2007, 10:10 pm - IP Logged

This is really upsetting!..The store owner should sue the lottery commission for his 1%.

Or 8,000 dollars for selling that ticket. Or better yet...the remaining money should be forfeited to "the other winner" who also picked the same numbers that night. As he was the only one to come forward. So, after the 180 days expired...it seems logical that the other guy should have gotten the whole kaboodle! 

IS THERE A LAWYER IN THE HOUSE?????????  LOL!!

In another story...in new jersey ..a 19 million dollar jackpot will be forfeited in 24 hours if not claimed...but to note is the fact that the store that sold the ticket did get  the commission for selling the ticket. Is something wrong here  with s.carolina. ? Shouldn't all the lotteries have the same rules when considering commissions and or "claim periods' ?

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    Posted: April 27, 2007, 1:54 am - IP Logged

    This is really upsetting!..The store owner should sue the lottery commission for his 1%.

    Or 8,000 dollars for selling that ticket. Or better yet...the remaining money should be forfeited to "the other winner" who also picked the same numbers that night. As he was the only one to come forward. So, after the 180 days expired...it seems logical that the other guy should have gotten the whole kaboodle! 

    IS THERE A LAWYER IN THE HOUSE?????????  LOL!!

    Exactly what do you suppose the retailer should sue for? Following the rules? I've never quite understood why retailers are paid anything other than a modest processing fee for winning tickets (and such a fee should be paid to the retailer that pays the winning ticket rather than the retailer that sold it), but the rules are what the rules are.

    As far as giving the prize to a different player, why should they benefit just because somebody else lost out? If there were two winners, then the othe rplayer only won half of the prize. If one of them fails to claim their half it does nothing to change what the other player won or what they deserve. I think unclaimed prizes should go back into future prize pools, but again, the rules are what the rules are. Anyone who wants to know what they are can find out. If they don't like them nobody will force them to play against their will.

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      Posted: April 27, 2007, 6:55 am - IP Logged

      I doubt if they will ever find out.  Maybe they're not even alive.  I'm guessing that one of the reasons we read about these unclaimed tickets is purely statistics.  I don't know exactly how many people bought tickets for that draw, but take any heavily populated city like Chicago, Miami, New York, Los Angeles, etc.  Get the paper and read how many people die every week. 

      There are a lot of threads about anonymity and not telling a soul you won. I've already told my sister,  in case of emergency or death, to look on my desk for a possible winning lottery ticket. You could buy a ticket and then get into an accident the next day.  

      But on a lighter note, chances are many people who buy tickets just look at the numbers on TV or read the news and figure "I didn't win" because they don't understand there are lower tier prizes in addition to the jackpot, the same way people throw winning scratchers away.  They really don't understand the game. 

      Personally I figure someone lost the ticket.  It's the only thing that makes sense to me,  because it completely boggles my mind how anyone could buy a jp ticket and not care enough to follow up and see what, if anything, they won.

      To me, it's a totally stupid act to just throw money at the lottery if you really aren't even interested enough in the game to follow upon it. If its of such little importance to a person, why even bother making an effort to buy a ticket?

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        Posted: April 28, 2007, 4:55 am - IP Logged

        Personally I figure someone lost the ticket.  It's the only thing that makes sense to me,  because it completely boggles my mind how anyone could buy a jp ticket and not care enough to follow up and see what, if anything, they won.

        To me, it's a totally stupid act to just throw money at the lottery if you really aren't even interested enough in the game to follow upon it. If its of such little importance to a person, why even bother making an effort to buy a ticket?

        I don't know if it is true or not, but I have heard stories of people going thru a divorce and not wanting the other half to get any so they hold onto the ticket until the divorce is finalized before claiming the prize.

        I love doubles and remember, it's just a game!!!!!!

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          Posted: May 2, 2007, 8:51 pm - IP Logged

          Few things:

          1. People play yards of tickets sometimes, a lot of them QP. THIS IS ALSO WHY I HATE QP BECAUSE YOU DON'T REMEMBER WHAT YOU PLAYED!

          2. People get really busy sometimes or distracted. I won and had Jury Duty next day so it was 2 weeks later that I finally checked the ticket. And that was manual pick.

          3. It gets windy sometimes in April.

          4. Not everyone is a Lottery Post reader. Those who are not may not have been watching the News the 2 days right before the deadline when they got around to mentioning it.

          It's just a game... until somebody loses 19MILL.