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Posted: September 8, 2007, 12:09 pm - IP Logged

Do the machines work the same in every state? In MD the clerk scans the ticket and a reciept on lottery stationary pops out with the correct amount on it. You're then get that and the cash.

 I alwasy check mine online and write what it's worth on th back of the ticket. Even if I don't check online I don't let the clerk keep the on winning ticket.

You know what, now that you mention it, I think they print a receipt in Idaho too, but the customer doesn't get it.  I see them staple something to the paid ticket which they keep.  Even if that's what it is, it doesn't do the customer a bit of good because it doesn't say WHO they paid.  The cashier could easily tell the customer it's not a winner, or it's a small winner, then pay the rest to themselves after the customer leaves.

It doesn't impact me cuz I check my own tickets on the internet, but I bet thieving clerks make a pretty good profit here.   I'm gonna email the state lottery commission and suggest they print a receipt for the customer and require it be given to the customer every single time or the clerk/store is penalized in some way.

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    Posted: September 8, 2007, 2:08 pm - IP Logged

    This problem is hardly new and goes on more often than this arrest would indicate. Look at what they had to do in Canada. All of it can be avoided by checking tickets on the internet first.

    I Agree!  I have always been suspicious when I look at the winners page on the GA lottery website and see pic after pic of a Mr or Mrs Patel that won big on scratchers.

    The reason is, these people are not gamblers by nature. All they do is work and save their money.

    Did they do the same as the 7 eleven clerk ? You be the judge.

     

                                   

                  

     

     

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      Posted: September 8, 2007, 9:21 pm - IP Logged

      This is why I check my numbers on the internet. Doesn't excuse the clerk. That was a cheap move on her part. I hope more retailers start using self scanners so people can check their tickets themself.

      Couldn't agree with you more Guru.  That is why when I check my tickets on the internet, I actually circle the numbers that match, then I check the "Did you win" section and write on the upper corner of the ticket the amount that I figure I had won.  When I go to the clerk, I TELL the clerk that I won this much money on this ticket.  Doing that, I feel that I have covered the bases to keep the clerk honest.

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        Posted: September 8, 2007, 9:22 pm - IP Logged

        Always check your own numbers or sign the back of the ticket to be safe. Party 

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          Posted: September 9, 2007, 12:38 am - IP Logged

          I Agree!  I have always been suspicious when I look at the winners page on the GA lottery website and see pic after pic of a Mr or Mrs Patel that won big on scratchers.

          The reason is, these people are not gamblers by nature. All they do is work and save their money.

          Did they do the same as the 7 eleven clerk ? You be the judge.

          Lottery players with a system that wins don't think of themselves as gamblers, even some system players who lose don't think of themselves as gamblers.  Maybe Mr and Mrs Patel has a system for picking scratchers that are winners.

           * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
             
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            Posted: September 9, 2007, 2:24 am - IP Logged

            In Ky the self scanner in the store shows how much the ticket is worth.....

            Thats  a  great  feature  ,too  give  a  winning  amout  in  NY  they  only  say  congradulations !!!

            in  this  story  they  mentioned  "On Tuesday, the man called the lottery office, which referred his complaint to its security and law enforcement division"

            I  never  heard  of  such  a  division  in  NY  Lottery @ but  I  am  sure  if  their  was  such  a  complaint  of  theft  the  police  would  come  out  the  wood -work :

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              Posted: September 9, 2007, 6:53 am - IP Logged

              The store I go to in NY the clerks know me very well.

              they give me a receipt for every transaction I make.

              this is another good reason I tip them every once in a while when I win.

              they take care of me and never try to cheat me.

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                Posted: September 9, 2007, 7:47 am - IP Logged

                Sure wish Michigan was like Kentucky, it would be great to be able to check our tickets ourselves.

                 

                A couple of weeks ago after I had a non-winner checked, the clerk started to throw it away. I asked for the ticket and reciept back for my tax records in case I won a big one. She then said, "Don't you trust me?". I told her, "Lady, when it comes to money, I don't trust anybody". I then asked her if she would trust me without verifying, if I just came in and told her I had a $5 winner.

                 

                As far as this clerk is concerned, I doubt she will get any prison time even though she deserves it. 

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                  Posted: September 9, 2007, 11:39 am - IP Logged

                  Sure wish Michigan was like Kentucky, it would be great to be able to check our tickets ourselves.

                   

                  A couple of weeks ago after I had a non-winner checked, the clerk started to throw it away. I asked for the ticket and reciept back for my tax records in case I won a big one. She then said, "Don't you trust me?". I told her, "Lady, when it comes to money, I don't trust anybody". I then asked her if she would trust me without verifying, if I just came in and told her I had a $5 winner.

                   

                  As far as this clerk is concerned, I doubt she will get any prison time even though she deserves it. 

                  I wish we had that option here in Louisiana too. Many states have lottery vending machines for scrach offs and some even have self service lottery terminals.

                  Louisiana isn't all that progressive in many areas it seems.

                  However, we do have a new game starting soon called Easy 5, where we can pick 5 numbers and win $50,000. We can even win if we only match 2 numbers. There's also a bonus number involved as well. Check it out here:

                  http://lalottery.com/index.cfm?md=newsroom&tmp=detail&articleID=219

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                    Posted: September 9, 2007, 2:54 pm - IP Logged

                    Lottery players with a system that wins don't think of themselves as gamblers, even some system players who lose don't think of themselves as gamblers.  Maybe Mr and Mrs Patel has a system for picking scratchers that are winners.

                    I'm sure they do. It's no gamble if you have a sure winner...

                     

                                                   

                                  

                     

                     

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                      Posted: September 10, 2007, 11:08 am - IP Logged

                      All I can say is just sign the ticket as soon as it is printed.

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


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                        Posted: September 10, 2007, 1:01 pm - IP Logged

                        Why is this person charged of theft?

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                          Posted: September 10, 2007, 1:52 pm - IP Logged

                          Since Winning Lottery Tickets are Bearer Instruments: The best course of action is Sign Your Tickets before giving them to a Clerk for Verification!

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                            Posted: September 10, 2007, 2:29 pm - IP Logged

                            Why is this person charged of theft?

                            The authorities had nothing better to do , so they just charged the store clerk with theft.

                             

                            Did you not read the story ????

                             

                                                           

                                          

                             

                             

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                              Posted: September 10, 2007, 2:36 pm - IP Logged

                              The authorities had nothing better to do , so they just charged the store clerk with theft.

                               

                              Did you not read the story ????

                              He doesn't know how to be constructive in his posts so he just posts a question that is clearly explained in the story, all in his quest to become the #1 poster..........post count wise anyways.Roll Eyes

                              Gonna win.Big Smile