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Man claims he's owed Mega Millions in suit against Illinois Lottery

Mega MillionsMega Millions: Man claims he's owed Mega Millions in suit against Illinois Lottery

An East St. Louis man says the Illinois Lottery Control Board refused to pay him for a winning lottery ticket.

Johnnie Cooper filed suit April 14 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Illinois Lottery Control Board.

Cooper says he purchased a lottery ticket on Aug. 28, 2007.

The ticket contained the winning numbers, but the Illinois Lottery Control Board refused to pay Cooper for it, he says.

Cooper does not state how much money he should have received.

Cooper, who is representing himself, is asking the court to declare him to be in possession of a winning ticket and entitled to the lottery payout of the Mega Millions Lottery Game.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-190.

Madison County Record

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Posted: April 22, 2009, 12:11 pm - IP Logged

If he picked the numbers and presented a legitimate winning ticket then he is entitled to all monies won so pay up Illinois Lottery!!!

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    Posted: April 22, 2009, 12:17 pm - IP Logged

    Why did he wait 2 years?

    ...honest question.

     

    late edit:
    I KNOW that the MegaMillions has a minimum time to claim your prize.  All lotteries do...

    According to USAMega, IL has 1 year in order to claim your prize before it's forfeit.  That's the maximum amount of time that any of the states get.

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      Posted: April 22, 2009, 12:37 pm - IP Logged

      He had a year to make his claim, if he waited longer then Illinois owes him nothing.  Sounds like he want the court to say that rule shouldn't apply in his case.

       * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
         
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        DC81's avatar - batman39
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        Posted: April 22, 2009, 1:00 pm - IP Logged

        If he purchased the ticket on that date and it was for the drawing on the same day (for 250M) then he's full of crap because that drawing had no winners. Unless somehow in the millions of tickets sold, his numbers somehow came up missing. There were also no second tier prize winners from Illinois. If the ticket was bought for the 31st when four people split the 330M jackpot then it still wasn't his, however maybe he was one of the three who won a second tier prize out of IL? Maybe it was a 10,000 dollar prize or lower, oh well whatever. There's not a lot to go on, did he wait over over a year to try to claim it? If so then its his own damn fault and should take some responsibility for his own stupidity. Who waits that long to try and claim a prize? Did he lose it and then find it later? Again, that's not the fault of Illinois.

        Illinois didn't screw Johnnie Cooper, Johnnie Cooper screwed Johnnie Cooper.

        You can't predict random.

          truecritic's avatar - PirateTreasure
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          Posted: April 22, 2009, 1:00 pm - IP Logged

          Why did he wait 2 years?

          ...honest question.

           

          late edit:
          I KNOW that the MegaMillions has a minimum time to claim your prize.  All lotteries do...

          According to USAMega, IL has 1 year in order to claim your prize before it's forfeit.  That's the maximum amount of time that any of the states get.

          The way I read the article, it only says he filed suit April 14th.   He may have been trying to collect and only now filed the lawsuit.

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            Posted: April 22, 2009, 1:08 pm - IP Logged

            The way I read the article, it only says he filed suit April 14th.   He may have been trying to collect and only now filed the lawsuit.

            That's the way I saw it too..after exhausting all attempts to collect, then he filed suit. 

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              Posted: April 22, 2009, 2:36 pm - IP Logged

              I would like to know why they are refusing to pay him. Did he really have the winning numbers? Was the ticket edited somehow? Was he late trying to cash in the ticket? I wish we had more information to work with.

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

                Dawn32's avatar - DawnMarch2012
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                Posted: April 22, 2009, 3:35 pm - IP Logged

                I don't understand how they can just refuse to pay someone who has the winning ticket.

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                  Posted: April 22, 2009, 4:27 pm - IP Logged

                  I'm going to be honest.  I don't believe he has a winning ticket.  I just think this person wants to get something for nothing.  A lot of people think they can out smart the lottery and try to get whatever they can out of them by altering a ticket.  When they realize the State Lotteries aren't DUMB they will test the intelligence of the judicial system.

                   

                  How are you going to win if you don't play?

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                    Posted: April 22, 2009, 5:53 pm - IP Logged

                    I would like to have more information in order to help solve this mystery.

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                      Posted: April 22, 2009, 6:00 pm - IP Logged

                      I'm going to be honest.  I don't believe he has a winning ticket.  I just think this person wants to get something for nothing.  A lot of people think they can out smart the lottery and try to get whatever they can out of them by altering a ticket.  When they realize the State Lotteries aren't DUMB they will test the intelligence of the judicial system.

                       

                      I don't believe an altered ticket had anything to do with it but the article is lacking in all the details.


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                        Posted: April 22, 2009, 6:24 pm - IP Logged

                        The way I read the article, it only says he filed suit April 14th.   He may have been trying to collect and only now filed the lawsuit.

                        Not to call the guy a scam artist, but I'm not sure I believe him.

                         

                        Nothing against anybody about to read this part:

                        I think this man might just be a slick lawyer.  The article states he's representing himself in the trial, so there's little to no overhead cost to attempt to sue the Lottery.

                        If he loses (likely) - He'll say some strong words and skip of to do whatever it is he does without it costing more then just a little time.
                        If he wins (not likely) - He'll collect an "unspecified amount", likely with "Pain and Suffering" or some such attached.

                         

                        Perhaps we're msising some piece of crucial information in the overall scope of things... but I'm less likely to believe.

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                          Posted: April 22, 2009, 7:48 pm - IP Logged

                          According to MegaMillions.com, nobody had matched all 6 numbers for the drawing.

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                            Posted: April 23, 2009, 12:50 am - IP Logged

                            According to MegaMillions.com, nobody had matched all 6 numbers for the drawing.

                            The economy is going down..... phony lawsuits are going up.                 ....any questions?