|Posted: February 21, 2010, 9:17 am - IP Logged|
You're undoubtedly 100% right from a legal perspective.
In terms of humanity and compassion you're dead wrong.
The dadgum government wins every time.
This was this guy's once in a lifetime chance.
Let the government pay off the balance with some of them jackpots they keep that go unclaimed.
Let's face the fact that there are stupid and/or gullible people playing the lottery. Should they be taken advantage of because of that? He trusted an agent of the lottery and got ripped off. Give him his dadgum money and let the government wait to catch the crook.
The government will continue raking in millions while they're waiting. This guy won't. He probably won't even live long enough.
Have a heart, being a little slow shouldn't be a crime.
Rdgrnr, I'll be one of the first to admit that the government is full of greedy bas--tards.
But my bone of contention is this man doesn't qualify for being stupid/or gullible or a little slow.
All of this happened because he was too G.D. lazy to check his own numbers.
If you read the previous stories you'll see where he gave a long list of lame a$$ excuses for not checking his numbers himself. He also stated that he played the same numbers for some time. There is no way in this lifetime and the life after death, that you'll ever convince me that if you've been playing the same numbers for some time you would not have them etched on the brain.
He'll, all he had to do is write his name on the fricking ticket in ink and that would've prevented or raised a red flag had the sticky fingered clerk tried to cash the ticket.
Think back to the days when you were in school.
Question: What was one thing all of your teachers always said every year?
Answer: Write your name on your paper.
I never met a teacher that did not say those words during the school year. It is also one of the first things that all the lotteries tell you to do.
He reminds me of those people who go after the tobacco company for developing cancer after smoking like a chimney for eons. They made the choice to fire up that first cigarette and chose not to deny themself and kick the habit. As far back as I can remember I've always seen the warning on the packages. Should the tobacco industry be held accountable for that persons death? No
How about the good folks that die from liver damage because of alcohol abuse? Should the alcohol industry be held responsible because their product was abused and a life of hardship or death ensued? No
I have a heart and I have compassion. But this was just pure laziness on Mr. Willis' part. To give him the full million would say to other careless lottery players that it is ok if you ignore what we say, we got you covered.
No, in this case I have to side with the Lottery Commission. They owe him nothing and it would send the wrong message if they paid him. My mom used to say, "the best sense is bought sense. How much are you willing to pay for your's?" Well Mr. Willis is in the process of paying for his sense.