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Calif. man claims $134M Mega Millions lottery jackpot

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Posted: March 10, 2010, 2:58 pm - IP Logged

he almost threw the ticket away??!!! Jeez man... I dont understand for the life of me why people rely on those stupid ticket scanners. It didnt even alert him that he won!! WTF??! Do people not have internet access or somthing or cant spend 50 cents on a newspaper to check the numbers?!

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    Posted: March 10, 2010, 3:09 pm - IP Logged

    i did the google thing to find the video

    , my god he looks real old, like he can die any day old

    whatever traval dreams or whatever he wanted to do in hes long life, am sure they come true now

    party it up and go out with a bang , so good for him

    ofc this guy is taking the cash,  he be nuts to take 25+ years of checks at hes age

    unreal the media was their, the guy seemed super confused at first, or was playing dumb , maybe a bit of both

    ether way, media got hes number , cat out of the bag, he can't hide from the public now

    he can turn down the media interviews, but they have hes scent and they be all over him like bloodhounds on a fox hunt

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      Posted: March 10, 2010, 3:11 pm - IP Logged

      he almost threw the ticket away??!!! Jeez man... I dont understand for the life of me why people rely on those stupid ticket scanners. It didnt even alert him that he won!! WTF??! Do people not have internet access or somthing or cant spend 50 cents on a newspaper to check the numbers?!

      He's in his 70's JONNIE. You start relying on other people a little more at that age and probably trusting them a little too much.

      And he's from an era when there was a little more common decency and integrity then there is now.


                                                   
                           
                                               

       

       

       

       

                                                                                                         

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        He's in his 70's JONNIE. You start relying on other people a little more at that age and probably trusting them a little too much.

        And he's from an era when there was a little more common decency and integrity then there is now.

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        You're right. Forgot how old he was. Congrats to him, even though he won, he almost lost!

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          Posted: March 10, 2010, 4:50 pm - IP Logged

          I need a win bad !

          but good for anyone that wins tonight !

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            Posted: March 10, 2010, 6:56 pm - IP Logged

            Congrats to mr. dalkos  ......   if i was his age i wouldnt lay low either i would get my money a.s.a.p..... no need to wait to collect his money because he might loose or forget that he even bought a ticket.... plus who knows he's been on this earth a long time..... now that he is about to get his winnings it's time to live everyday happy and like its your last......

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              Posted: March 10, 2010, 7:25 pm - IP Logged

              he almost threw the ticket away??!!! Jeez man... I dont understand for the life of me why people rely on those stupid ticket scanners. It didnt even alert him that he won!! WTF??! Do people not have internet access or somthing or cant spend 50 cents on a newspaper to check the numbers?!

              I agree, those scanners are terrible--sometimes they don't work at all---thank god someone was nice enough to tell him to verify it at the SA Lottery Office to make it official...Glad he won and decided to stay out of the limelight...I mean at least we know his name and that he is the "only" winner--I'm just wondering what he will decide to do; take the cash payout--considering he is 70 years old...he had a lot to think about...Banana

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                Posted: March 10, 2010, 8:38 pm - IP Logged

                he almost threw the ticket away??!!! Jeez man... I dont understand for the life of me why people rely on those stupid ticket scanners. It didnt even alert him that he won!! WTF??! Do people not have internet access or somthing or cant spend 50 cents on a newspaper to check the numbers?!

                I am surprised the scanner didn't work.  I have never had any problems with them.  Perhaps the programming doesn't work when it actually finds a Mega Millions jackpot winner.  Even though I do rely on them, I also look on the calottery website to see if anyone won the jackpot.  If so, if it says my city, I would double-check my ticket anyway.

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                  Posted: March 10, 2010, 9:03 pm - IP Logged

                  "It appears that they interviewed his bank.....which would make me very nervous if I were doing any banking business."

                  How do you know they interviewed his bank?

                   

                  "My state does requires that your name , city and winnings be public"

                  Which state do you live in?  Is it California?

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                    Posted: March 11, 2010, 12:06 am - IP Logged

                      Well I wouldn't worry about crooks knowing his location - that area of Long Beach between 7th street and  Pacific Coast Highway is known as a crappy neighbourhood so he will most certainly relocate.  The only stupid thing that guy did is releasing his identity - California allows anounymous claim but with money like that he can afford a privacy - even change his last name if nesessary.

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                      Posted: March 11, 2010, 9:07 am - IP Logged

                      He didn't reveal his Identity: Other people did!

                      He didn't know he held the Winning Ticket until he used the Scanner!

                      Other people were there!

                      They revealed his Identity!

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                        Posted: March 11, 2010, 11:18 am - IP Logged

                        "It appears that they interviewed his bank.....which would make me very nervous if I were doing any banking business."

                        How do you know they interviewed his bank?

                         

                        "My state does requires that your name , city and winnings be public"

                        Which state do you live in?  Is it California?

                        As I said in my post, it "appears" that they interviewed his bank..on the KTLA news video. About 1 minute 54 sec into the video, they interview the bank employees across the street from the donut shop, who say it couldn't have happened to a nicer man... If he wasn't a customer, how would they know how nice he was?  Since he frequents the donut shop near his home, it may be that he does his banking across the street.  I don't know why the news would go across the street to interview the bank, they didn't sell the lottery ticket. I just found it odd that they would casually go into a bank and interview employees about the lottery winner.  In the video he leaves the donut shop then comes back, could he have gone to the bank and they saw him go in?... Even at my bank, I lay real low.

                         

                         It was just a casual observation.

                         

                        I live in PA.  If I did win and claim it in a trust, sadly, PA still will name the beneficiaries of the trust. In 2004, the WLT Trust claimed the Powerball winnings, but the beneficiaries were named

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                          Posted: March 11, 2010, 11:44 am - IP Logged

                          So a man, who lottery officials claim is named John Dalkos, wins $134 million.  He makes his claim and doesn't want any press, as evidenced by his declining to be interviewed, and now someone in the media is searching databases to find his address and show up at his door?  This is EXACTLY why winners should be able to claim their prize annonymously!!!!  When I win my millions, I'm going to hide so fast even my son can't find me.... until I'm ready that is!!!

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                            Posted: March 11, 2010, 1:43 pm - IP Logged

                            Actually, he walked into the store where he bought the ticket and the media was already there since the winning ticket was sold there. This was before he actually had to go to Santa Ana to claim at lottery offices.

                            He was on tv kind of wandering around and they were following him. He almost threw out the ticket. 

                             

                            I do sincerely hope for the best for this guy, but he's off to a bad start.

                             

                            I'd even go as far as to grow a beard and get some disguise before  going to claim. I hope someone who genuinely cares reels him in.

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                              Posted: March 11, 2010, 1:44 pm - IP Logged

                              I don't think it is unreasonable for a person to legally change their name after winning a jackpot.