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Lost lottery ticket worth $50,000 returned to winner

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RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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Posted: September 24, 2011, 3:01 pm - IP Logged

Im with u Ridge: how do u let someone "hold" a ticket worth 50 K and not take it right back when they're done? Just doesn't seem to add up.
 

He must not be a LP member because if he was he would have known you can't trust anyone but yourself with your winning lottery ticket, no even a friend.  Some folks see lottery winning as unearned so they get a little jealous when someone else wins, even a friend.

 * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
   
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    Posted: September 24, 2011, 4:07 pm - IP Logged

    John Holder must have felt like he couldn't win for losing.

    The 45-year-old Columbia resident worked as a roofer until a back injury forced him to live on disability benefits. He's resided at an assisted living facility since December.

    Then on Sept. 2 Holder's luck seemed to change. That's when he bought a winning scratch-off ticket worth $50,000 from a local convenience store. That same day, the ticket went missing.

    He purchased the $2 "Jumbo Bucks" instant ticket at the Gulf station at 235 E. James Campbell Blvd. in Columbia while with a friend and a neighbor who had asked him for a ride. When they got back in the car, Holder's neighbor asked if he could hold the ticket.

    "He wanted to take a picture of it with his phone, and he took a picture of it and said he couldn't get a good enough picture of it. So he said, 'Can I hold it?' and I let him hold it," Holder explained.

    He said he drove his neighbor home. The ticket was nowhere to be found.

    Holder reported the ticket missing to the Columbia Police Department and the Tennessee Lottery. He told them surveillance videos at the convenience store recorded the winning transaction.

    Luckily for Holder, his signature was on the back of the ticket. A winning lottery ticket is worth cash to anyone who finds it until it's signed.

    But without the original ticket, it was unclear whether he would ever receive his prize.

    Then an anonymous envelope containing the winning ticket was mailed to the Tennessee Lottery headquarters in Nashville. The letter-sized envelope had no return address, and only the number "50,000" was written on the outside. It was postmarked "Nashville, TN." No message was included other than the words "lost and found" written on a piece of notebook paper folded inside.

    Lottery officials called Holder Wednesday to tell him the ticket was found. After verifying the signature and Holder's identification, the ticket was validated and he collected his prize Thursday.

    "I'm speechless," Holder said in a lottery press release. "It's good to know someone had a conscience and decided to give this back to me."

    A copy of the ticket is now part of a permanent display at the Gulf Station that sold it. The clerk who sold the ticket said Holder's winnings are the largest the store has ever seen."We're delighted this all worked out, and it's a great lesson for all our winners. Always sign your ticket," said Rebecca Hargrove, president and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.

    Holder said he plans to use his winnings to help his two daughters and to catch up on bills.

    "I figured the ticket was gone," Holder said.  "I figured it was burned, destroyed, torn up, something.  I mean, if I had stolen a $50,000 ticket, that's what I would have done with it.  I'm not going to go give it back to the person I stole it from."

    "All I can say is thank you. They didn't destroy it, so no hard feelings."

    Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation said, "Thankfully, Mr. Holder followed the recommendation from the store clerk where the ticket was purchased and signed it on the back."

    "We're delighted this all worked out, and it's a great lesson for all our winners.  Always sign your ticket."

    Columbia police could not be reached Thursday to discuss the status of the investigation.

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      Posted: September 24, 2011, 8:11 pm - IP Logged

      hey neighbor, i'll hold the tic. while you take the pic. and keep my face out of the pic.

      Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds    -- Charles Mackay  LL.D.

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        Posted: September 24, 2011, 8:42 pm - IP Logged

        hey neighbor, i'll hold the tic. while you take the pic. and keep my face out of the pic.

        Yeah, watch him say it was his ticket now and he's got a picture to prove it, lol.


                                                     
                             
                                                 

         

         

         

         

                                                                                                           

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          Posted: September 24, 2011, 8:51 pm - IP Logged

          Yeah, watch him say it was his ticket now and he's got a picture to prove it, lol.

          think i'll just buy my tics. on the way home from work when i'm alone.

          Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds    -- Charles Mackay  LL.D.

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            Posted: September 24, 2011, 11:59 pm - IP Logged

            Im with u Ridge: how do u let someone "hold" a ticket worth 50 K and not take it right back when they're done? Just doesn't seem to add up.
             

            He must not be a LP member because if he was he would have known you can't trust anyone but yourself with your winning lottery ticket, no even a friend.  Some folks see lottery winning as unearned so they get a little jealous when someone else wins, even a friend.

            Yeah, they say your money might not change you but it'll change your friends.

            That would suck if true.


                                                         
                                 
                                                     

             

             

             

             

                                                                                                               

            "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                                        --Edmund Burke

             

             

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              Posted: September 25, 2011, 12:47 am - IP Logged

              I think when you win some big money, you find out who your friends are...or your definition of friends

              changes for some of your friends. Some might make remarks they just can't help making, some may treat

              you differently and some may resent it so much that they just flat out hate you. Those are the worst because

              you can't trust them with anything once you won, nothing is sacred or safe anymore. These are the kinds

              of people that need to be removed from your life immediately, if not sooner. Friendship never exists with

              envy, hatred and contempt.

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                Posted: September 25, 2011, 12:54 am - IP Logged

                I think when you win some big money, you find out who your friends are...or your definition of friends

                changes for some of your friends. Some might make remarks they just can't help making, some may treat

                you differently and some may resent it so much that they just flat out hate you. Those are the worst because

                you can't trust them with anything once you won, nothing is sacred or safe anymore. These are the kinds

                of people that need to be removed from your life immediately, if not sooner. Friendship never exists with

                envy, hatred and contempt.

                True words of wisdom.

                Play to win!

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                  Posted: September 25, 2011, 11:17 am - IP Logged

                  Yeah, they say your money might not change you but it'll change your friends.

                  That would suck if true.

                  I think it is true.

                  If you know your number is going to hit, have patience and then KILL IT!

                  You never know when you will get another hit.

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                    Posted: September 25, 2011, 11:46 am - IP Logged

                    How could he NOT pay attention to where his $50,000 ticket was at all times?  After 10 seconds I would have been holding my hand out for the return of the ticket.  If they couldn't produce it, I would drive the car straight to the police station.

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                      Posted: September 25, 2011, 3:49 pm - IP Logged

                      I think when you win some big money, you find out who your friends are...or your definition of friends

                      changes for some of your friends. Some might make remarks they just can't help making, some may treat

                      you differently and some may resent it so much that they just flat out hate you. Those are the worst because

                      you can't trust them with anything once you won, nothing is sacred or safe anymore. These are the kinds

                      of people that need to be removed from your life immediately, if not sooner. Friendship never exists with

                      envy, hatred and contempt.

                      I Agree!


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                        Posted: September 25, 2011, 6:54 pm - IP Logged

                        Dadgum straight! Thumbs Up

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                          Posted: September 26, 2011, 9:35 am - IP Logged

                          WOW!!!! I am so glad that he got his tickets back.......

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                            Posted: September 26, 2011, 10:18 am - IP Logged

                            The guy is one lucky son of a gun for having signed his ticket.  I'm willing to bet his friend considered cashing it in until he realized it was already signed and then tried to give it back anonymously.


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                              Posted: September 26, 2011, 1:17 pm - IP Logged

                              His neighbor asked if he could hold it and then it got lost before they got out of the car?

                              Wow, that's a tough one to figure out who had it and realized they couldn't cash it in without getting caught and so just mailed it in.

                              Cuz don'tcha know everybody who happens to find a winning $50,000 lottery ticket just mails it in anonymously. 

                              Yeah, right.

                              Two things saved him - his signature and his neighbor's guilty conscience.

                              I Agree! Look no farther than  the neighbor if your going to investigate, the obvious.LeavingSurrender