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Ct. man claims he lost $254M Powerball ticket

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Posted: November 6, 2011, 11:35 am - IP Logged

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.

I thought it was a Qp that won...I'll have to check on that.

As to someone using past tickets as proof of play...that seems shady at best. I wouldnt grant someone 254 million simply because they showed me that in the "past" history of plays they happened to play that set....Its the actual date and actual ticket that needs to be produced...end of story. ( except we have six months to find out if it even gets claimed.)

I cringe when I see the "Patel" name...is that like the name Smith or Jones in America?

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    Posted: November 6, 2011, 11:43 am - IP Logged

    Here in New York, they can tell exactly where the ticket was bought. TIm sure most states can detect that.Chair

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      Posted: November 6, 2011, 11:53 am - IP Logged

      I, too, have a hard time understanding why people buy tickets, then not treat them with care (or even bother to check them).

      If the ticket truly is lost and no one claims it, does the full prize amount go to the State of Connecticut?

      I'd like to see unclaimed prizes rolled into a "special drawing" once or twice a year, rather than be totally forfeited to the "winning" State.

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        Posted: November 6, 2011, 11:55 am - IP Logged

        If this guy's legit, he'll hire an attorney who will try to get CTL to review his evidence (the store tape, time of purchase, etc) and declare him the winner - - - but that's not gonna happen.

        Most states consider lottery tickets bearer instruments which means as long as that ticket is out there - anyone who finds it can sign the back, turn it in, and rightfully collect the money.  There's no way CTL is gonna give him the money without that ticket!!!

        Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply didn't know where to go shopping

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          Posted: November 6, 2011, 12:57 pm - IP Logged

          TNFirecracker, I believe the money goes right back to the lottery itself. You have a great idea about a "special drawing" once or twice a year.I Agree!

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            Posted: November 6, 2011, 12:58 pm - IP Logged

            This guy is the true definition of a krotchwaffle...GradeA at that.

            I never did get how careless alot of people get with tickets in general.I've known many to stash them on the side of the console in their car only to have them end up under the seat and long forgotten.Why even play if you have that much disregard for a potential winning ticket.

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              Posted: November 6, 2011, 1:02 pm - IP Logged

              krotchwaffle, LOL,, Yes, an expired "pop tart"....Clown

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                Posted: November 6, 2011, 1:21 pm - IP Logged

                *sniffs*

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                  Posted: November 6, 2011, 1:57 pm - IP Logged

                  What kind of idiot lose a $245 million dollar ticket!Bang Head

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                    Posted: November 6, 2011, 2:35 pm - IP Logged

                    I had to say something, I don't think he had the ticket. If he played the tickets he would have the bet slip with the numbers on it. BTW you are suppose to sign your tickets. I don't know, but I don't believe him.Mad

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                      Posted: November 6, 2011, 2:49 pm - IP Logged

                      if he really bought the ticket and lost it or misplaced then you are in a big problem,better go home and look very carefully you got 6 months to find it , or else say goodbye to 254million dollarsBang Head

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                        Posted: November 6, 2011, 2:54 pm - IP Logged

                        Here in New York, they can tell exactly where the ticket was bought. TIm sure most states can detect that.Chair

                        There was a story posted here some time back where a guy tried to sign his ticket using his computer printer and the ticket was mutilated in the printer.

                        According to the story, the Lottery Commission was able to read the information on the mutilated ticket and what the average lottery player does not realize is the Lottery Commission can even track the roll of paper the winning ticket was printed on, what store was in possession of the roll of paper, the exact time (down to the second) and date of the winning sale, what lottery combination was printed before and after the winning ticket was purchased, etc.........

                        So, if there is any untruths happening here, the Lottery Commission will know.

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                          Posted: November 6, 2011, 3:05 pm - IP Logged

                          This guy is the true definition of a krotchwaffle...GradeA at that.

                          I never did get how careless alot of people get with tickets in general.I've known many to stash them on the side of the console in their car only to have them end up under the seat and long forgotten.Why even play if you have that much disregard for a potential winning ticket.

                          People are very careless.

                          Careless with lottery tickets.

                          Careless with money.

                          Careless with children.

                          Careless with keys.

                          Careless-careless-careless.

                          Why, IMO, because the carelessness was reinforced over a period of time by the people in their lives. Now, it is part of their genetic makeup and the carelessness is handed down from generation to generation until someone breaks the cycle.

                          Here in TX, the lottery tickets are printed on thermal paper.

                          Ask yourself how many lottery players in TX have lost out on cashing in a winning ticket because their ticket was destroyed from heat exposure.

                          I am no exception to being careless. There are many times I have misplaced tickets. Why, because I broke routine. So now the rule of the house is, "No tickets are to be scratched until we are in our home. All winning tickets go in drawer #1 and all losing tickets go in drawer #5. The losing tickets are to be checked and rechecked for a 6 mos. period, just in case a ticket was misread."

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                            Posted: November 6, 2011, 3:09 pm - IP Logged

                            After reading this story I am implementing a new rule in my house.

                            Whenever any lottery tickets are purchased, we are to get a printed receipt with the ticket serial numbers on it.

                            If the store refuses then we will no longer purchase tickets there, unless we use the self service machine.

                            That way if we ever find ourselves in this position, we would at least have undeniable proof of our purchase.


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                              Posted: November 6, 2011, 3:30 pm - IP Logged

                              I had to say something, I don't think he had the ticket. If he played the tickets he would have the bet slip with the numbers on it. BTW you are suppose to sign your tickets. I don't know, but I don't believe him.Mad

                              I Agree!With you, I find it hard to believe with all the attention mounting on the great amount of this jackpot,  that he was that careless.No No