|Posted: October 22, 2008, 12:56 am - IP Logged|
"a good faith attempt to verify the claim was needed by the lottery and court"
You're confused about the role of the court. Their job is to rule on the law, which seems to say that the lottery isn't required to pay *this* claim.
"I'd like to see a good faith effort on their part to find a way to pay rather than a way not to pay"
I agree that the lottery should make a good faith effort, but there's nothing to indicate that they did or didn't do exactly that. In any case, if a claimant can't produce a winning ticket that's in good shape the onus is on them, not the lottery, to support the case for payment. The lottery already has a way to pay: they issue you a ticket to prove your wager. If you lose or damage the ticket the lottery shouldn't have to go to great lengths to find an alternate way to pay you.