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Costa Rica court rejects washed lottery ticket

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A Costa Rican who mistakenly washed a winning lottery ticket worth 112,000 dollars lost a court appeal to obtain the prize, a report said Wednesday.

The Supreme Court rejected the appeal by the man known only as Urroz, who selected the correct numbers for second prize in the June 29 draw but later found the remains of his ticket in the pocket of a pair of recently-washed pants, La Nacion daily reported.

Lottery organizers in September refused to pay the prize without the whole ticket.

The court said that no fundamental right had been breached in the decision.

AFP

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Posted: October 15, 2008, 6:31 pm - IP Logged

This is why they make wallets,purses and safety deposit boxes.

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    Posted: October 15, 2008, 7:15 pm - IP Logged

    I am guessing the part that is missing piece contain the bar code/serial code of the ticket? If the code is there within what's left of the ticket, I don't see why he can't get his money.

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      Posted: October 15, 2008, 7:20 pm - IP Logged

      It sounds like they dont want to pay him... cheap <snip>s :D

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           $Group Hug$

           FOR THE WIN!

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        Posted: October 15, 2008, 7:27 pm - IP Logged

        I bet there are many people who claim to have washed their "winning" lottery tickets. People need to keep them in safe spots and not just stuff them in their pockets.

        "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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          Posted: October 15, 2008, 7:57 pm - IP Logged

          I bet there are many people who claim to have washed their "winning" lottery tickets. People need to keep them in safe spots and not just stuff them in their pockets.

          I agree,
          All tickets say "Do not deface."  To me that would include a few spins around the rinse cycle. There are  those that would conterfeit tickets or try something else underhanded.  I actually agree with the officials on this one.

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            Posted: October 15, 2008, 10:22 pm - IP Logged

            It sounds like they dont want to pay him... cheap <snip>s :D

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            Agree with stupid>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>BUTT?

            what would CUBA<DO???

            LOL

            PSYKOMO

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              Posted: October 16, 2008, 12:14 am - IP Logged

              Wow, that winning lotto ticket in the washer machine scenario really happens!

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                Posted: October 16, 2008, 12:19 am - IP Logged

                Shame on the Costa Rica Lottery and Court.

                In my opinion the lottery owes all players a good faith attempt to verify claims of potential winners. 

                The lottery knows exactly how many jackpots, 1st, 2nd, 3rd place prizes it should pay out.   They can wait until the redeem date had passed and see how many of the questioned prizes remain unclaimed.

                Of couse this requires a good faith attempt on the customer's part to bring their claim to the lottery right away, not wait until there are only a few days left and the lottery has already announced a plum prize is still hanging out there unclaimed.

                A little common sense goes a long way.

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                  Posted: October 16, 2008, 2:24 pm - IP Logged

                  That does it. I will not travel to Costa Rica to play the lottery!

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                    Posted: October 16, 2008, 5:25 pm - IP Logged

                    It's his own fault. Vital information will have been washed away from the ticket so the ticket was probably badly defaced.

                    Next time, do as I do and buy online lol. Feel sorry for him but he should have been more careful.

                    "Depend on the rabbit's foot if you will, but remember it didn't work for the rabbit." - R. E. Shay.

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                      Posted: October 16, 2008, 6:50 pm - IP Logged

                      The problem is anyone can that they lost the ticket in the wash. Who do you believe? 

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                        Posted: October 16, 2008, 7:12 pm - IP Logged

                        The problem is anyone can that they lost the ticket in the wash. Who do you believe? 

                        Exactly, Anyone can claim they washed their ticket in the washing machine and apparently, quite a few have made that claim. Can it happen? Sure. I believe some people are telling the truth, but if one wants to avoid losing out on a lot of money, people need to start taking better care of their tickets. Don't just shove your tickets in your pockets or whatever. Put them in a safe place. You never know when one of those slips of paper will be worth thousands or millions of dollars. Treat your tickets like they could be worth millions. It's not that hard.

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                          Posted: October 19, 2008, 1:29 am - IP Logged

                          Shame on the Costa Rica Lottery and Court.

                          In my opinion the lottery owes all players a good faith attempt to verify claims of potential winners. 

                          The lottery knows exactly how many jackpots, 1st, 2nd, 3rd place prizes it should pay out.   They can wait until the redeem date had passed and see how many of the questioned prizes remain unclaimed.

                          Of couse this requires a good faith attempt on the customer's part to bring their claim to the lottery right away, not wait until there are only a few days left and the lottery has already announced a plum prize is still hanging out there unclaimed.

                          A little common sense goes a long way.

                          BobP

                          The article doesn't even come close to offering enough information to suggest that it would have been reasonable to pay  the claim. OTOH, it does include two statements indicating that at least part of the ticket is either missing completely, or at least illegible. Knowing that a winning ticket was sold but unclaimed supports the claim, but does absolutely nothing to prove it.

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                            Posted: October 19, 2008, 9:35 pm - IP Logged

                            I've washed two winning scratchers before by mistake. Best believe that if I knew they were winners they would have never made it to the washer though!!!!