"The only thing he did wrong and his biggest mistake was trusting the Texas Lottery people and their agents to be honest and fair."
I cashed a Ten-Oh ticket in Ohio that I thought was worth $52 but the clerk told me it was worth $407; I thought I matched 7 numbers on one of the lines but I matched 8. The clerk didn't know that I under valued the ticket when asked her to cash it, but what if I'd said "check the ticket"?
Sure, Willis' intelligence is questionable, but what about the intelligent people that buy some QPs, stick them under their sun visors and ask the clerk to check them a day or two later. Should we all assume every store and every clerk is dishonest, check and double check every ticket we buy before cashing them?
Or they're incompetent, but either way the store is acting as an agent of the Texas Lottery. It's obvious the Texas Lottery and probably every state lottery has no idea of who is selling and cashing their lottery tickets.
Last night I asked a clerk for a pick-4 number straight for a dollar 3 times and after the tickets were printed, I asked for the same number boxed for a dollar 2 times. The clerk even asked if I wanted them for $1 too. I put $5 on the counter while waiting for the box tickets to be printed. The clerk handed me 7 tickets and took the $5 and put it in the cash register. When I checked the tickets, she had given me four (not the 3 tickets I asked for and she verified) 50 cent straight tickets so I told her to give me another $1 straight ticket which she ran. She hands me the ticket and asks for another $1 so I had to spread the now 8 tickets she gave me on the counter to show her they added up to the $5 she had already put in the cash register.
The moral of the story is some store clerks have no clue how to run the lottery machine and some of the clerks that do are dishonest.
PS, don't ever hand a clerk a ten dollar bill and a quarter when the total is $8.24 unless you want to see their "deer in the headlights" look.