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Police: Store clerk conned La. lotto winner out of $800,000

Topic closed. 19 replies. Last post 8 years ago by myzeus.

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computerhead723's avatar - lightbulb
United States
Member #54397
August 17, 2007
245 Posts
Posted: September 28, 2008, 12:30 am - IP Logged

"When the owner brought the ticket back to the store to claim his prize, the clerk allegedly told him he was mistaken and kept the ticket."

I only take tickets in to claim a prize and if the clerk tells me it's a loser I request it back because I would rather recheck it later myself than call the clerk a cheat.  Besides, I keep all my losing tickets for taxes in case I win a large prize.  Some clerk keep the winning tickets because the terminal prints paid on them with slip showing the amount they should pay the customer which they keep as a record showing why they removed that amount of money from their register.

See Ya!yes ....some  clerks  take  the  tickets  and  never  give  them  back  saying  its  a  looser ...then  put  the  tickets  in  a  special  trash  can .

its  amazing  how  many  times  I  told  the  clerk  you  didn't  give  me  back  the  right  ticket !!!  they  take  forever  handing  it  back  to  you;

hoping  you   will  go  away....this  is  very  true in  low  income  neigghborhoods  with  forign  nationals  behind  the  counter!!!

3  months  ago  I  called  the  lottery  police  aka  investagators  about  a  forign  national  clerk  who  kept  a  5.00  straight  pick-4 - ticket  I purchaced ;

I  had  a  sales  summary  to  prove  I  bought  the  ticket  the  code  on  each  ticket  proved  where  I  purchaced  the  numbers   and  she  never  gave  me  that  ticket   but  handed  me  the  rest  all  the  time  smilling  in  my  face Roll Eyes......dont  be  fooled  it  happening  all  over  the  place  and 

when  most  people  are  in  a  rush.....or  at  lunch ;US Flag

    myzeus's avatar - Apollo
    United States
    Member #59677
    March 24, 2008
    78 Posts
    Posted: September 28, 2008, 2:49 pm - IP Logged

    why o why the store clerk?  i guess if you are going to hand over your winning ticket put your name on the back. i mean getting your winnings is more important than staying annonymous.  if you hand over a ticket to someone ,   make sure it has ytour name on it., unless its the state HQ of lottery

    Even signing your name on it doesn't always work. Let me explain. Today, I went to the local Marathon station to cash in my Mega Millions ticket and collect my $2.00 that I had won. I had signed my ticket.

    I handed it to the store clerk who ran it through the terminal. She handed me a slip of paper from the terminal that said, "Ticket was already validated at this terminal." And she did not give me my $2.00. She handed my signed MM ticket back to me and told me to contact the 800 number to the Ohio Lottery.

    The store clerks will find a way around scamming you even if you have signed your ticket, as in my case.



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      Member #10720
      January 23, 2005
      933 Posts
      Posted: September 28, 2008, 6:29 pm - IP Logged

      - if you won $2 and the clerk said it's already claimed..here is a weird possibility. The tickets have numbers on them. What would happen if a clerk entered (throat clearing sound) the wrong number (saying that the ticket is "blurry" and won't scan in).. and it showed a prize? They don't turn in the small claim tickets, do they? Or maybe the clerk ran it and thought it didn't take, and ran it again somehow... also what if they put the wrong # vs. a winning ticket and it says Already Claimed or No Winner?

      - if they won 800K that does NOT sound like a typical scratch-off prize, so I will guess it's a Powerball/PowerPlayX4 prize?

      - on the terminals in nj, when they run the ticket it shows up on the little screen "PAY (amount)" or "FILE CLAIM" if it's over $600. I have seem some Stores have the screen ROTATED so that you cannot see it yourself. Those I'd watch out for. If you won a jackpot and they say "Already Claimed" then bring it straight to Lottery HQ.

      - the worst trick would be if they keep a few losing tickets handy in case a winner comes in and using sleight of hand they switch in the loser to scan and slip the winner out of sight. Or even just deliberately manually enter the wrong #.

      This is why sometimes they (Feds?) look suspiciously at store clerks that "check" way too many tickets. Make sure the clerk scans (not enters by hand) the code and that the payout is visible to you.

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        Member #1303
        March 27, 2003
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        Posted: September 28, 2008, 6:54 pm - IP Logged

        I hope the guy gets his money back and those people get prosecuted if they are guilty. However, if I knew I had a set of winning numbers, there is no way I would just hand the ticket over to a store clerk. No way.

        You better believe it !   I wonder what kind of game it was....it seems $800K is a lot for a scratch-off, which sometimes CAN be confusing when you try and determine if the scratch-off is a winner.  SO I'm assuming it was an online ticket for a jackpot game.  In either case, why oh why does soemone take an $800K ticket that they think is a winner to a STORE ?  They can't pay off on anything like that ! You take the ticket to the Lottery Headquarters !


        How can you tell if a politician is lying?

        Answer: His lips are moving.

          myzeus's avatar - Apollo
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          Member #59677
          March 24, 2008
          78 Posts
          Posted: November 25, 2008, 12:49 am - IP Logged

          I would have been really, really angry is this happened to me. I have had problems with 2 different store clerks at a store I go to. I now watch the store clerks very closely when they handle my winning tickets. You have to be vigilant and watch those store clerks who would steal your fortune away from you.