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Mistake on lottery ticket would have won $30M jackpot

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Posted: June 19, 2010, 11:20 pm - IP Logged

He Played It the way He Saw It: Winning the Jackpot was Not Meant To Be! Thud

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    Posted: June 19, 2010, 11:24 pm - IP Logged

    OMG..I Think I Would Have 2 Be Hospitalized Too!

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      Posted: June 20, 2010, 1:19 am - IP Logged

      It's probably just that the guy didn't have the money to buy it.  Heck...many are just playing with extra money or money they shouldn't be spending in the first place.  When you're living paycheck-paycheck....27.00 is a lot of money to spend on a lottery ticket & ESPECIALLY one made by mistake.  I've canceled quite a few myself, but luckily none of them have come out.  I've also bought the mistakes and still....they never came out.  All I can say is Lord, Bless His Heart!

      i was thinking the same thing you said.  the poor guy may not have had enough money to cover the extra tickets.  I'll tell you what... if i was him i sure would not want to know what could have been.

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        Posted: June 20, 2010, 2:05 am - IP Logged

        Everytime I have cancelled a ticket, or got to the register to change my ticket numbers.... well...

        it happened, the number came out.  So, I buy all mistakes now.  Missed $600 on one, and $2500 on the other incident.

        Missing the million, as mentioned in this story of the $30ML would have sent me in orbit! EekNo Nod

        Visualize and then Materialize... Mega Millions Millions & MILLIONS 4 ME $$$$ 

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          Posted: June 20, 2010, 2:29 am - IP Logged

          I buy them even if I have to go to an ATM for more money.

          I've even bought tix from someone who was in line in front of me, and didn't want what the clerk handed them. The only good reason to not buy mistake tix is if you just don't have the money.

          That way at least you can tell yourself there was nothing you could do when you get the bad news.

          "...a chance to push everything aside, the circumstances that've controlled our lives, and do it our way now. Good, bad or otherwise. You'll maybe get lost in it, tied up in it a little bit, but if you work your way through that the real you shows up, I think. Maybe what's at your core deep down, maybe that comes out. Maybe that's what it's about." Mike Pace 

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            Posted: June 20, 2010, 7:08 am - IP Logged

            "To our knowledge, we've never had such a potential of a winning prize, being so large, for a cancelled ticket."

            Cancelled tickets are actually quite common. Dalton said customers cancel about 52,500 tickets every month, for a variety of reasons.

            Lets see now 52,500 canceled tickets every month, this ticket would have cost $27 but figuring the average cancelled ticket is worth $10, that's 52,500 x $10 x 12 months or $6,300,000 per year in mistakes and this is the first time any one remembers one that would have won the jackpot.  Not a very good argument for buying mistakes.  Mistakes have about the same chance of winning a jackpot as any other ticket.

            You have a very good point Rjoh, My decision is every time I would accept a 10 and 20% mistake like a tip (depending on the experience) not 100% so I would told the clerk just give some of those not all, not because of the money been short but because I’m not really fan of people telling me what to do with my money, I know I should be used to by now right(US Gov)… hey maybe store is doing this as a side business who knows.

            If I missed the pot, that’s because it didn’t belong to me in the first place so beat it

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              Posted: June 20, 2010, 7:44 am - IP Logged

              I would be sick, lol.

              The store owner looks like he's sick. lol

              One day, I ran 5 play slips, and I played the winning number, straight.

              I didn't check my tickets and playslips until I got home, but, I knew I played the winning number.

              Well, I checked my tickets and my playslips, and the cashier did not run my playslip with the winning number on it , :-(

              He/she ran one of my playslips twice.  I was heated.

              Any tickets that are a mistake, I purchase, if I have the cash on hand.

              I was upset over, $600, I would have to be hospitalized for awhile over some Millions.

              Yea, I know what you mean.  I missed on $200 because I didn't check my tickets just a couple of weeks ago... BUT WORSE...I missed on $40k as I DIDN'T play my NY Take 5 numbers and they HIT.   So I think of it this way, I GAVE the 80k winner (who would have had to split the winnings with me) 40k, I am just THAT nice...

              Money won is twice as good as money earned!

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                Posted: June 20, 2010, 7:45 am - IP Logged

                If you think of the movie SIGNS then just maybe she had someone watching over her and she didn't know it.

                Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

                For a lead role in a cage?

                 

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                  Posted: June 20, 2010, 10:47 am - IP Logged

                  This is exactly why I go ahead and purchase the mistake tickets.

                  But, like others pointed out, it is a big difference going from 12 to 27. If she only had 12 or 15 to spend, coming up with the remainder can be tough.

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                    Posted: June 20, 2010, 11:17 am - IP Logged

                    As a system player I make out play slips with the combinations I want to play so I have no interest in playing someone else's mistakes.  I suppose if you were buying quick picks, someone else's mistakes would be fine.

                     * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                       
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                      Posted: June 20, 2010, 11:32 am - IP Logged

                      "To our knowledge, we've never had such a potential of a winning prize, being so large, for a cancelled ticket."

                      Cancelled tickets are actually quite common. Dalton said customers cancel about 52,500 tickets every month, for a variety of reasons.

                      Lets see now 52,500 canceled tickets every month, this ticket would have cost $27 but figuring the average cancelled ticket is worth $10, that's 52,500 x $10 x 12 months or $6,300,000 per year in mistakes and this is the first time any one remembers one that would have won the jackpot.  Not a very good argument for buying mistakes.  Mistakes have about the same chance of winning a jackpot as any other ticket.

                      Personally I'd still suggest playing the ticket instead of canceling it. Though I can't remember which ones, I've read about 2-3 people who won big with tickets they thought about canceling. The guy who wanted 3 numbers on individual tickets comes to mind first, the cashier printed off 1 ticket with 3 numbers instead of how he wanted but he kept it instead of having her cancel it.

                       

                      Plus having to live with knowing you had the winning numbers right there in front of you would pretty hard. You'd always have that 'what if' in your head.

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                        Posted: June 20, 2010, 2:13 pm - IP Logged

                        its a ploy by the lottery commision to get more money.

                         see..look that could have been the winning ticket.

                        don't cancel...give us more money:)

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                          Posted: June 20, 2010, 4:31 pm - IP Logged

                          Really, it was only a matter of time before it happened. Technically speaking, had the customer bought the ticket, she would not have necessarily won. Most people aren't going to see it this way. Most people are going to believe she missed out on winning millions. Which is unfortunate, because the woman who didn't buy the ticket could very well be one of the people thinking this way. If she doesn't know about what happened, then I hope she never does. If she does, then I hope she doesn't think too hard about it.

                          Another thing I'd like to know is how this story came about. And really, I don't know why it should have been brought up at all. Did the Atlantic Lottery bring it up or did the store owner? A canceled ticket is a canceled ticket. It is NULL and VOID. Nobody, not the Lottery nor the store owner should have made a story out of this. Something like this can traumatize a person, especially considering most people are under the assumption that she would have won millions of dollars had she bought the ticket, when in reality, nobody really knows. The Atlantic Lottery and the store owner should both be ashamed for making a story out of this.

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                          Apparently the Atlantic Lottery were the ones who brought the story to light. This is something they should have kept to themselves.

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                            Posted: June 20, 2010, 9:30 pm - IP Logged

                            This is exactly why I go ahead and purchase the mistake tickets.

                            But, like others pointed out, it is a big difference going from 12 to 27. If she only had 12 or 15 to spend, coming up with the remainder can be tough.

                            A guy who used to work for me once bought a "mistake".  He was playing Pick3, and to save time sometimes bought a weeks worth on one trip to the store.  The clerk misunderstood, and printed 5 for the same day.  Per procedure, the clerk asked if he wanted to "void" them and he nearly jumped out of his skin to tell her "no".

                            He said, "this is karma", and he was right.  He quintupled his win because of the error.

                            Like RJ said, however, you have the same chance with mistakes.  I've been playing and paying for EVERY mistake since that time, and it hasn't brought me one red cent.  No big deal, I know the chances going in.

                            Also, it depends on the individual store policy.  There is some convenience store near me that makes it's cashiers pay for any mistakes.  Can you imagine that one?  Being bummed out that your mistake just cost you $27, only to have it win you $30M.

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                              Posted: June 20, 2010, 10:15 pm - IP Logged

                              If winning the jackpot was not meant to be, why bother playing in the first place?  Unless you find entertainment value in just throwing your money away.  If I'm going to play a lottery game I'm in it to win it.  I'm laying my money down to put myself in a winning position.