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Ct. man claims he lost $254M Powerball ticket

Nov 6, 2011, 8:45 am

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STAMFORD, Conn. — Someone in Connecticut bought a lottery ticket worth $254 million — but, so far, nobody knows who it is.

Powerball officials say someone in Fairfield County bought a Powerball ticket matching all six winning numbers — 12, 14, 34, 39, 46, and 36.  Local rumor has it that the ticket was sold at Belltown Superette in Stamford, a store with a reputation for selling winning tickets.

"My grandfather right here, number 29. He played my aunt's ... that's my aunt's birthday. He won $1 million," Alexis Nanos told ABC News affiliate WTNH-TV in New Haven.

Now there's a rather strange new twist in the case of the winning Powerball Lottery ticket.  The owner of a convenience store says a man came in claiming to have bought the winning numbers.

There's just one problem and it's a big problem — he says lost the ticket.

The man says he bought the ticket at Belltown Superette in Stamford.

"He said it's his number, but he can't find the ticket lost ticket, so I don't know what to say. (How upset was he?) A little upset," said Suni Patel, the owner of the store.

She says that the man works for the Stamford Sanitation Department.  He claims he bought the ticket and has the winning numbers, but he just doesn't have the ticket.

Whether it's true or not the lottery business is suddenly booming for Ms. Patel and her husband's store.

As for the mystery millionaire 254 times over, Suni is optimistic.  She has to be — she would get a commission.

"I hope he can find it, believe me," Patel said.

If the guy who says he lost the winning ticket actually bought the winning ticket, he has six months to file a claim, but he's got to prove he bought it.

https://lp.vg/media/2011110601.mp4

WABC, Lottery Post Staff

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Posted: November 6, 2011, 8:51 am - IP Logged

Oh mr. patel is up to his usual shenanigans again. anything to boost business.

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    Posted: November 6, 2011, 9:00 am - IP Logged

    Hummm, you would think people would apply  more care to their tickets, especially one of this worth. We all make mistakes, have bad days, but this is a real "blooper".Bash

    Money is a terrible master, but a great servant...Smile

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      Posted: November 6, 2011, 9:26 am - IP Logged

      I wish he could find it soon.Otherwise he could find it difficult to leave with himself!,he should find it under the sofa,in the drawer and under the wardrobe!  Good Luck to him I feel sorry for him.

      I Agree!

      There are no born heroes or winners........it takes a hammer a chisel,a vision and a will to suffer the blows and be carved into one!..........

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        Posted: November 6, 2011, 9:41 am - IP Logged

        I wonder if he remembered to sign the back of it before he "lost" it.

        "If you really want something in this life you have to work for it. Now quiet, they're about to announce the lottery numbers." - Homer J. Simpson

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          Posted: November 6, 2011, 9:48 am - IP Logged

          Am I alowed to call him a dumba$$ ?  Chair

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            Posted: November 6, 2011, 9:52 am - IP Logged

            Time will tell if he did or not ----mmmmmmmmm?????

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              Posted: November 6, 2011, 10:00 am - IP Logged

              "A little upset," said Suni Patel, the owner of the store."

              Every time I read a story of something strange about a lottery ticket the name Patel is in the article. Has the Patel family taken over the U.S. convenient store business or is this another weird coincidence?

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                Posted: November 6, 2011, 10:00 am - IP Logged

                Personally, I think the ticket loser and Mr. Patel have been sniffing to much cow gas...!

                Now that they've gotten their "15" minutes of fame, Whats next ?.

                                                             

                                                               "Slander becomes the tool of the loser when the debate is lost." - Socrates.

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                  Posted: November 6, 2011, 10:25 am - IP Logged

                  I certainly wouldn't be broadcasting that I lost my ticket.   Now it is "Hunt On!"  That is... if this person is the true ticket holder and not a copycat of the lady in Ohio several years back who tried to claim that she lost her ticket.  (back in Dec 2003)

                   

                  "An Ohio woman who claims to have lost the winning ticket in last month's $162 million Mega Millions lottery was convicted of misusing a credit card while working at a Cleveland-area drugstore five years ago, court records show.

                  Elecia Battle has asked a Cuyahoga County judge to stop Ohio lottery officials from paying Rebecca Jemison, the declared winner of the multi-state drawing on December 30.

                  Battle says she lost her winning lottery ticket when she dropped her purse outside the store in the Cleveland suburb of South Euclid."

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                    Posted: November 6, 2011, 10:27 am - IP Logged

                    I wonder if he remembered to sign the back of it before he "lost" it.

                    Chaos, excellent point, probably not..No Pity!

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                      Posted: November 6, 2011, 10:41 am - IP Logged

                      "proving that he bought the ticket" is way different then actually having the printed ticket. It was my understanding that you had to have the actual ticket, have it validated and then it would be decided if its a legitimate ticket.  That is not the same as proving he bought it.

                      ANyone can BUY a ticket for someone else...

                      Does MUSL rules have this regulation for all states---No ticket No win.

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                        Posted: November 6, 2011, 10:51 am - IP Logged

                        ooo boy Ridge will have something good for this one .

                        and this what you have to do when you see a PATEL is involved with lotterys .

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                          Posted: November 6, 2011, 11:00 am - IP Logged

                          "proving that he bought the ticket" is way different then actually having the printed ticket. It was my understanding that you had to have the actual ticket, have it validated and then it would be decided if its a legitimate ticket.  That is not the same as proving he bought it.

                          ANyone can BUY a ticket for someone else...

                          Does MUSL rules have this regulation for all states---No ticket No win.

                          People claiming they bought a winning ticket seems to be a commonplace event. Some of them probably really believe it, and some of them are probably just hoping that it won't be claimed by somebody else and they'll manage a story that's convincing enough.

                          If the guy said they "were his numbers" that might mean he plays those numbers regularly. If that's true he may have tickets from previous drawings with those numbers, and having  them will be very good evidence, especially if they were bought at the store that sold the winner. If he doesn't have old tickets he still may be able to tell where and when he has played those numbers before and may have a credit card receipt that coincides with the time and place of a purchase.

                          As for the specific rules on claiming prizes, I expect it's up to the state to decide. In NY you need to pay a fee to try and claim without a ticket. IIRC it's $100, or perhaps $150. That  should eliminate most of the frivoulous claims, and cover the cost of a preliminary investigation that will weed out most false claims quickly.

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                            Posted: November 6, 2011, 11:24 am - IP Logged

                            Namegirl, your right, at least here in New York state, you have to have the ticket..Confused

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