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N.C. store owner accused of stealing winning lottery ticket

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Posted: March 19, 2011, 1:14 pm - IP Logged

This is so funny to me because I was in that store Sunday night playing my tickets.. I do not normally go there but the BP station was packed... I stopped going to this store about 2 years ago because I believed that he was shady..... Boy was I right... He  had some winning scratch off tickets hung up in the store and I asked him if he had any big winners there and he said NO... \Now I see why... I hope they nail his ass to the wall..

I knew something was not right with him.. I have learned to trust my senses...

WOW!!!  Good thing about learning to trust your senses.

All things are possible to those that believe!!!!!!Wink

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    Posted: March 19, 2011, 5:55 pm - IP Logged

    She played with regularity,  and they have the video,  all they had to do was wait for her to come and purchase her tix again she probably bought them at the same time also.  It was a very nice surprise to have the lottery people looking out for this chicanery.

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      Posted: March 19, 2011, 9:05 pm - IP Logged

      You really think your average convenience store saves surveillance video for 6 months or more? What's far more likely is that they simply asked Patel where he bought the ticket and he couldn't give them a very good answer. At some point they would have asked him about playing those numbers before, and if he came at all close to giving them the answer that they already had they would have asked him where he typically played them. It's pretty tough to give good answers to those questions when  it's not really your ticket.

      As to how they find the right person, they know her playing history, and it's very easy for them to know she's buying another ticket with those numbers a moment before the ticket comes out of the printer. They could possibly get the retailer at her usual location(s) involved, but I'd guess it's more likely they'd try to keep it all internal. If she really played with "clockwork regularity" maybe they just needed to have somebody sitting outside the store after she got out of work on a Friday night.

      It's also possible that they would have  checked credit card sales for the times her tickets were purchased. I'm not in favor of a wholesale checking of who used credit cards, but I get my tickets at gas stations often enough that it's entirely possible to locate me that way. In fact, I've long figured that if I were to lose a wining ticket the credit card would be part of the proof that I owned the ticket.

      The only thing I think is unlikely is that we'd learn anything really surprising if the lottery revealed their "enhanced security procedures".

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        Posted: March 19, 2011, 10:54 pm - IP Logged

        I have to say, this does make me happy with NC lottery. They caught someone all on their own. Most of the time, someone calls and complains. This time, it was them. AND they found the person whose ticket it really was.

        Way to go, NC!! Woohoo!

        "Don't be a schmuck, always take the cash." -Coin Toss

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          Posted: March 20, 2011, 8:12 pm - IP Logged

          A sad story with a happy ending..I am sure this isn't the only NC store with these type of crooked clerks.

          Be kind to a stranger because you never know when you are talking to an angel.Blue Angel

           

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            Posted: March 21, 2011, 1:03 pm - IP Logged

            How is it possible everyone is named patel?....no matter where I see convenience store stories from around the country or here ,that same last name is always there.

            lmmigration really needs to look into this stuff

            well Johnnyb......I think the last name Patel.........is like Smith in this country....this is the 3rd story with a person involved with a "party store" who's name is Patel.....so what have I learned from this.......

            1.....check your ticket before going into the store

            2.....check your ticket before going into the store

            3.....check your ticket before going into the store

            I also copy my winning tickets with a scanner at home........

            beaudad........

            " I don't have a gambling problem,  I have a problem winning!"

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              Posted: March 21, 2011, 4:08 pm - IP Logged

              I cant stress this enough, CHECK YOUR TICKETS PEOPLE!

              I know by constantly losing you get so discouraged that you keep buying the tickets out of sheer doggedness and just hand them to the store clerk to check them for you. Dont do that.

              That money's gone fo ever

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                Posted: March 22, 2011, 2:35 pm - IP Logged

                I cant stress this enough, CHECK YOUR TICKETS PEOPLE!

                I know by constantly losing you get so discouraged that you keep buying the tickets out of sheer doggedness and just hand them to the store clerk to check them for you. Dont do that.

                You know, you are absolutely right. That's the entire reason why people have the clerks check - sheer doggedness and being discouraged.

                "Don't be a schmuck, always take the cash." -Coin Toss