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Woman claims Publix cashier threw away winning lotto ticket

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Posted: February 20, 2009, 10:01 pm - IP Logged

Publix cashiers  in north Fl are very pleasent with lotto players ,I have bought tickets for lotto clubs and will aiways go to Publix.Winning on a single play of more than 599 has to be done at a lotto office. a 1.00 box play on a play 4 with double (3131)number pays out 800.00 the publix clerk could not cash the ticket; she should have given the both ticket,verfication and continuation back to the player.The store manger may need to retrain his counter employees on lotto sales and sit in on the classes himself!!!!!

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    Posted: February 20, 2009, 10:42 pm - IP Logged

    A "continuation ticket" is a ticket which is issued when a person purchases a ticket for several draws in advance, and wins a prize before the entire draw range is completed, the lottery machine issues a ticket for the remainder of the time the ticket is valid.

    They give those in Ohio too.  They also will issue a "pay to bearer ticket" and a claim form if the prize is between $600 and $5000 to take to a local authorized bank to get your cash if you don't mind paying a $15 service fee to the bank (it saves a trip to the nearest lottery office which is 60 miles away in my case).

     * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
       
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      Posted: February 20, 2009, 11:38 pm - IP Logged

      I just saw on the news that Publix gave the woman the $800.00. GO FIGURE!!!!!! The lady looks like she was in her late 50 or early 60. I don't like the manager telling her not to come back there. It's just poor training on the part of the employee. For the store manager  to be demeaning to this woman, leaves an eye brow up for me!!! Everything is  on camera these DAYS.,they could easily match the  tickect  stamp time  and the employee to see what happen. A nasty store manager  and a poorly train employee!!!!! The Manager could have handle it much better then he did! ,If the lady 's family didn't go to the media ,she would just  have been S@@@ out of luck.

      Nice to know she got her money.  Thanks for the update.

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        Posted: February 21, 2009, 1:08 pm - IP Logged

        I just saw on the news that Publix gave the woman the $800.00. GO FIGURE!!!!!! The lady looks like she was in her late 50 or early 60. I don't like the manager telling her not to come back there. It's just poor training on the part of the employee. For the store manager  to be demeaning to this woman, leaves an eye brow up for me!!! Everything is  on camera these DAYS.,they could easily match the  tickect  stamp time  and the employee to see what happen. A nasty store manager  and a poorly train employee!!!!! The Manager could have handle it much better then he did! ,If the lady 's family didn't go to the media ,she would just  have been S@@@ out of luck.

        Nice of Publix to pay... That decision must have come from above the store level and looking to get some good publicity to counteract the bad they have gotten. As far as the women being asked to leave and not come back... not being there I have no comment. This woman may yet collect from the lottery also. Thumbs Up

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          Posted: February 21, 2009, 11:17 pm - IP Logged

          "whatever" is all I have to say to the lady that has no idea that she won

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            Posted: February 22, 2009, 5:44 am - IP Logged

            precicely why you should educate yourself on any game you play, even the lottery.  If she played the lottery so much she should have read the rules about winning tickets over a certain amount.  She could have saved herself the trouble of going to Publix.

            I Agree!

            The small print on the back of each ticket explains where and how prizes over $599 will be paid out. Some people don't realize if a pick-4 number is a double/double, they should buy two 50 cent box tickets instead of one $1 ticket because the $1 box pays $800. Had she done that she probably could have cashed both 50 cent tickets at the same Publix.

            Most state lotteries have the straight/box option on their play slips but by checking that box the prize goes over $5000 on a straight hit and winners might not be paid the same day. 

            "If she played the lottery so much she should have read the rules about winning tickets over a certain amount."

            It's possible the clerk didn't know the procedure for cashing a ticket worth $800. The last time I hit the pick-4 straight, the clerk didn't know she had claims forms for winning tickets from $599 to $5000 because she had never cashed a straight pick-4 winning ticket or any ticket over $599 even though she had worked there for over two years.

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              Posted: February 22, 2009, 6:36 am - IP Logged

              The only reason I said not to blame the woman or the clerk who scanned the ticket is that, in today's world of modern technology, the terminal should probably say  "return ticket to winner" or something similar.

              I mean, if you cannot cash a ticket over $599 then why get a receipt at all?  I don't know why it doesn't just say "Prize payout exceeds limit.  Must be cashed at Lottery Office"  Maybe it does, but I've never been lucky enough to win that much!  Also, I know better, but we all make mistakes.  If there's someone here who doesn't I'd like to know because you're not human!

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                Posted: February 22, 2009, 10:41 am - IP Logged

                Annie Collier loves to play the lottery. She has a ritual of buying tickets each week and playing certain numbers.

                Occasionally, she'll hit.

                Last Thursday, Annie's lotto tickets were piled in her purse. She bought them earlier in the week and didn't even pay attention to what the numbers were.

                Talk about lucky!

                On Valentine's Day, Annie love for lotto paid off big. She won $800.

                Annie's son called to share the good news. "My son had called me and told me, 'Mom, you know that 3131 came', and I said, 'Uh uh, you joking'. He said, 'Yes it did, I'm looking at the print out right now,'" Annie said.

                Annie couldn't wait to get to her favorite Publix store in Bartow to collect her winnings. When she went to the lotto clerk, Annie handed her the ticket.

                Since she won more than $600, Annie was told she would now have to drive to Tampa to get the money. So, Monday afternoon, Annie went to the lottery office.

                She got some bad news.

                The ticket she had was only a receipt. It wasn't the original winning ticket. She thought the clerk had given her the original ticket, but it was actually a continuation ticket. In addition, she was given a receipt showing that she had won.

                But, the lottery officials wanted the original and she didn't have it.

                Annie said, "I said, 'What, just like that?' You know, I was shocked that wasn't the ticket. I left there and came back to Publix."

                Annie claims when she went back to Publix, they gave her even more bad news. They told her a cashier accidentally threw the ticket away.

                Annie's niece, Contina Williams, said, "The manager came out and said there's nothing they can do because they're not liable. But if it was his cashier that just didn't give the ticket back, that makes them liable."

                We spoke with Publix officials who issued this statement, "Our loss prevention unit is looking into the matter as to what happened with the lottery ticket. Once we have the results of our investigation, we will handle the situation."

                Annie says she's disappointed with what she calls "bad treatment" by Publix management. She says the store manager told her never to come into his store again when she asked him for the cashier's name who threw away her lottery ticket.

                Annie says she'll keep playing lottery, but she's not sure she'll go back to this Publix again.

                Thanks to BobP for the tip.

                Bullcrap! "The ticket was accidentally thrown away"<<< Thats bullcrap! I believe the cashier kept the winning ticket after seeing it was the winner and lied by saying it was accidentally thrown it away. Why would they tell her never to come back to the store again, thats cold hearted and wrong why should she not be allowed back in the store if they are the jerks who made the mistake by throwing away her $800.00 winning lottery ticket and when you make a mistake YOU should pay so if this case were ever taken to court and I were the Judge I'd have the store owners  pay Annie the $800.00 for their own mistake that they made... Like I said before I dont think it was thrown away I believe the cashier kept the winning ticket and made up the story about accidentally throwing it away or else he wouldn't be acting so cold hearted by telling her not to come back to the store.If Annie still had the receipt for that winning ticket she should check the serial number on the ticket and ask lottery officials to ask if it has been cashed in and by whom. SHe should keep that receipt forever and constantly check with lottery officials to see if / when the ticket is ever cashed and if the ticket is later cashed in by the same cashier whos name they didnt want to give then criminal charges should definitely be filed.In new York there is a small machine/scanner in evey store in which the lottery customer can check to see if he/ her is a winner themselves. Sort of like a machine in a grocery store when you scan the item to check the price this machine is different.You can scan your lottery ticket to check if you are a winner instead. SImply scan the tickets barcode accross the red line under the machine and if it has won nothing the machine will tell the exact phrase " Sorry not a Winner". If you did win something the machine will tell you the exact amount you have won. I trust the machine because they are legit and I would never ask a cashier if I have won because of all the cases lately about them lying when asked if you've won something some cashiers have been known to say "no" and then keep the tickets themselves. I would just use the machine.

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                  Posted: February 22, 2009, 11:21 am - IP Logged

                  I also realize 3131 **STRAIGHT**and/or BOX     is the # I reccomended for SCANDAL. As I pointed out it's a $400.00 payout for .50 cents boxed. Any winning ticket $600 or UNDER can be cashed in at ANY Local lottery store.Some people will tell me why play .50 box and win $400.00 when you can play $1.00 box and win $800.00? I will tell them Listen if you play .50 cents box two times on seperate tickets it will cost a total of $1.00 to play. ( .50 cents + .50 cents = $1.00 ) . Each winning .50 cents boxed ticket will be worth $400.00 dollars cash if the winning # is a Double/Double like 5454.  Two winning tickets worth $400.00 each give you a TOTAL amount of $800.00 in winnings. Now play the same Number 3131 $1 box and you will also win the same amount $800. so you're better off playing exotic win - 4 numbers for .50 cents boxed multiple times on Seperate tickets. Of course when you cash in your $400.00 winner at one store , you will then have to walk to a different store that sells lottery and cash in your second winning ticket there because one store will not allow you to cash in both winning tickets there because it is too much cash from the register. Still i'd rather walk to different stores and pick up $400 from each store rather than  talk a trip down to the lotto office to get a check instead of cash. Crazy thing is I won The same exact amount Annie won on this same number. on October 30th 2008 I played 3131 .50 cents boxed two times on seperate tickets and also won $800. I walked to two stores and cashed in one winning ticket at each store for $400 each giving me a total of $800 cash on 10/30/2008. Check out this link here where I indicated .50 cents boxed pays $400. If you really want to have a huge cash payout then play the triple digit numbers in Pick 4. 50 cents. box on a triple like, 1116 wil pay $600. Play it 50.boxed 50 times on seperate tickets. If " 1116" is drawn in any oder you will walk to 50 stores and pick up $600 cash from each one of those stores. Pick up $600 cash 50 times and that will be a lot of cashEek.

                   BTW" 1116" Boxed Is due for all states be sure to catch it this year .50 boxed for $600. The link below is where I indicated to play .50 box for $400.00, look under 2/12/09 Evening Draw Results

                  http://www.lotterypost.com/thread/182656/35

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                    Posted: February 22, 2009, 11:45 pm - IP Logged

                    That sucks!

                    it sure does suck it dagum shame that Publix loss her ticket they are surely responsability. if they have receipt than  the lottery there need to pay that the fact!!

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                      Posted: February 24, 2009, 8:00 am - IP Logged

                      it sure does suck it dagum shame that Publix loss her ticket they are surely responsability. if they have receipt than  the lottery there need to pay that the fact!!

                       

                      say what??????????What?

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                        Posted: February 26, 2009, 11:17 pm - IP Logged

                        I also realize 3131 **STRAIGHT**and/or BOX     is the # I reccomended for SCANDAL. As I pointed out it's a $400.00 payout for .50 cents boxed. Any winning ticket $600 or UNDER can be cashed in at ANY Local lottery store.Some people will tell me why play .50 box and win $400.00 when you can play $1.00 box and win $800.00? I will tell them Listen if you play .50 cents box two times on seperate tickets it will cost a total of $1.00 to play. ( .50 cents + .50 cents = $1.00 ) . Each winning .50 cents boxed ticket will be worth $400.00 dollars cash if the winning # is a Double/Double like 5454.  Two winning tickets worth $400.00 each give you a TOTAL amount of $800.00 in winnings. Now play the same Number 3131 $1 box and you will also win the same amount $800. so you're better off playing exotic win - 4 numbers for .50 cents boxed multiple times on Seperate tickets. Of course when you cash in your $400.00 winner at one store , you will then have to walk to a different store that sells lottery and cash in your second winning ticket there because one store will not allow you to cash in both winning tickets there because it is too much cash from the register. Still i'd rather walk to different stores and pick up $400 from each store rather than  talk a trip down to the lotto office to get a check instead of cash. Crazy thing is I won The same exact amount Annie won on this same number. on October 30th 2008 I played 3131 .50 cents boxed two times on seperate tickets and also won $800. I walked to two stores and cashed in one winning ticket at each store for $400 each giving me a total of $800 cash on 10/30/2008. Check out this link here where I indicated .50 cents boxed pays $400. If you really want to have a huge cash payout then play the triple digit numbers in Pick 4. 50 cents. box on a triple like, 1116 wil pay $600. Play it 50.boxed 50 times on seperate tickets. If " 1116" is drawn in any oder you will walk to 50 stores and pick up $600 cash from each one of those stores. Pick up $600 cash 50 times and that will be a lot of cashEek.

                         BTW" 1116" Boxed Is due for all states be sure to catch it this year .50 boxed for $600. The link below is where I indicated to play .50 box for $400.00, look under 2/12/09 Evening Draw Results

                        http://www.lotterypost.com/thread/182656/35

                        It'd be nice if someone caught that 1116 . 50 cents box 50 times on seperate tickets tonight in Ohio!Yes Nod It's still due boxed for most states " 1116", in addition to 1116 boxed I also like 6119 BOX

                        2/26/09

                        Ohio Evening Pick 4 :1161 BOX

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                          Posted: February 27, 2009, 7:21 am - IP Logged

                          My mistake 1161 Box was ohio MIDDAY Pick - 4 for 2/26/09

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                            Posted: February 28, 2009, 11:27 pm - IP Logged

                            Oregon  got it today 1116 Box

                            2/28/09

                            Oregon pick 4 1 p.m. - 1611 BOX

                            Watch for other states to get it  this year too 6111 box

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