|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.