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Man files 27 lawsuits over alleged lost lottery ticket

New Jersey LotteryNew Jersey Lottery: Man files 27 lawsuits over alleged lost lottery ticket

Finders keepers, losers weepers? Not in Isaac Mendez's book.

Seven years ago, the former Jersey City resident lost a lawsuit in which he claimed to be the original purchaser of a $4 million New Jersey lottery ticket. But that court defeat hasn't stopped Mendez from pursuing the millions he claims is rightfully his.

On Sept. 16, 2002, a New Jersey Pick 6 lottery ticket was sold from the Sunshine Grocery store in Hoboken.

Mendez, who lived in Jersey City at the time, claimed he bought the ticket, but then lost it aboard a bus on Washington Street.

By the time he contacted the state Lottery Commission, the ticket had already been claimed by Maribel and Reynaldo Torres, a brother and sister from Union City.

Mendez filed a lawsuit in 2003 in Hudson County Superior Court against the Lottery Commission and the Union City siblings.

Satisfied that the Torreses purchased the ticket, a jury decided unanimously that the lump sum payout — $1.4 million after taxes — was rightfully theirs.

"It devastated me that someone could actually do that to me," Mendez, who survives on disability payments, said in a recent interview. "They stole a lot of money from me, they stole alot of years from my life."

In 2004, Mendez, a once aspiring doctor who now lives in Fairview, filed an unsuccessful court appeal.

Then in November last year, he filed a tort claim for $300 million against 27 defendants, including the Attorney General's Office, the state Lottery Commission, the state Department of Treasury, the state Department of Archives and Records Management and the Torres siblings, alleging obstruction of justice, fraud, negligence and perjury.

The complaint was filed in Mercer County Superior Court where Judge Paul Innes dismissed the cases against all but five of the defendants — the four state agencies and a former attorney for Mendez — on grounds that Mendez did not serve them personally. Mendez plans to file a motion to reinstate the lawsuit against the other 22 defendants.

Deputy Attorney General Marc Krefetz, who is representing the four state agencies, did not return phone calls to comment.

At her Union City home on Thursday, Maribel Torres said she was aware Mendez had filed a new lawsuit and that she and her brother Reynaldo were named in it, but she hadn't taken any action on the recommendation of her lawyer, Louis Balk.

"Obviously if anything is done, I'll be there for them," Balk said, adding that he too is a defendant in the complaint.

Mendez also filed an appeal in Mercer County's Appellate Division because he says state officials have "evaded the court rules" requiring them to file an answer to his November 2009 complaint within 35 days.

"If for some reason I'm stonewalled here in state court, I would proceed further because I'm not turning back at this point," Mendez said. "I'm confident that if I persevere that justice will prevail."

If he wins, Mendez said he'll relocate overseas. "I would love to move to Denmark because they say it's the happiest place in the world."

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sully16's avatar - sharan
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Posted: December 7, 2010, 9:20 am - IP Logged

if he loses, doesn't he pay all the fees? I wonder if he has mental issues.

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    Posted: December 7, 2010, 9:23 am - IP Logged

    looking at his haircut, i would say "yes".

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      Posted: December 7, 2010, 9:33 am - IP Logged

      I'm curious to know as to how it was proven in the initial lawsuit that the Torreses had purchased the ticket.

      About playing the lottery --  You will lose more than you win. Until you hit a jackpot.  Then everything changes!

        B$Rizzle's avatar - a4leds
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        Posted: December 7, 2010, 10:00 am - IP Logged

        wow, that guy is ......interesting

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          Posted: December 7, 2010, 10:18 am - IP Logged

          I have never filed a lawsuit ..........

          am I the only person that hasn't ................. why just the other day the people at Powerball picked the wrong numbers ......................

          anyone know a good (rotten) lawyer!

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            sully16's avatar - sharan
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            Posted: December 7, 2010, 10:21 am - IP Logged

            we need more info on this story, years ago I remember a similar case where a woman claimed a winning ticket was hers, found out later she was a big liar.

            his lawyer should be fired for letting him show up anywhere looking like that..clean him up.

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            For a lead role in a cage?

             

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              sully16's avatar - sharan
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              I have never filed a lawsuit ..........

              am I the only person that hasn't ................. why just the other day the people at Powerball picked the wrong numbers ......................

              anyone know a good (rotten) lawyer!

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              good one, I wonder when they go after the girlscouts and their cookies.

              Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

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                Posted: December 7, 2010, 10:23 am - IP Logged

                How many Lottery Players were on that Jury? Thud

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                  Posted: December 7, 2010, 10:31 am - IP Logged

                  if he loses, doesn't he pay all the fees? I wonder if he has mental issues.

                  Isn't their a Statute of Limitations on filing these kind of charges?

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                    Posted: December 7, 2010, 10:32 am - IP Logged

                    I'm curious to know as to how it was proven in the initial lawsuit that the Torreses had purchased the ticket.

                    Millions of online game and scratch-off tickets are cashed everyday without showing any proof of purchase. Since Mendez claimed he bought the ticket and it was stolen by the Torreses, he had to convince the jury he bought the ticket and failed. At best most players could only prove they bought a ticket if the clerk remembered them but not very many clerks are going to remember the numbers on the tickets. The best proof of purchase would be surveillance camera show the time the ticket was bought and matching it with the time on the ticket.

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                      Posted: December 7, 2010, 10:56 am - IP Logged

                      I'm curious to know as to how it was proven in the initial lawsuit that the Torreses had purchased the ticket.

                      Good Question!

                      This Story is a Good Example of What Happens if You Loose Your Lottery Ticket and it Turns Out to be a Winner!

                      However: If you find a large sum of money (Winning Lottery Ticket) are you required by law to turn it in?

                      Unfortunately, what I found is that not reporting it, and spending it, is considered theft.

                      Money on the street (Lottery Ticket on a Bus) is "lost property", meaning it is still their property even though they've lost it.

                      You can turn it into the police and file a report, and in most places, if no one claims it then it's yours. However, some places have a policy of giving it to the local government if no owner could be found.

                      Life isn't fair. Usually, only the poor and middle-class working shlubs are the ones following the rules and staying poor/in debt/slaves to their unstable american jobs -- the rich seem to have less of a conscience about breaking the law (shady business deals, good old boy networks, government sleaze, and evading taxes by any means necessary). Maybe that's why they are rich.

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                        Posted: December 7, 2010, 11:54 am - IP Logged

                        Lottery tickets are bearer instruments and the State lottery is not responsible for lost tickets.

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                          Posted: December 7, 2010, 12:01 pm - IP Logged

                          i was lead to believe that every purchase is videod and the have footage of the purchaser of very winning ticket purchase.

                           

                          well thats the feeling i get from those " gotcha " tv shows.

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                            Posted: December 7, 2010, 12:39 pm - IP Logged

                            good one, I wonder when they go after the girlscouts and their cookies.

                            Oh great !

                            Now you have given them another idea!

                            This clock comes to mind when I think about crazy lawsuits and politicians !

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