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Retailer perspective: Selling a $254M lottery ticket

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maringoman's avatar - images q=tbn:ANd9GcTbRxpKQmOfcCoUqF2FyqIOAwDo7rg9G-lfJLAALPGWJWwiz19eRw
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Posted: December 12, 2011, 9:44 pm - IP Logged

If you ever do, you'll be the first.  But since you probably wouldn't use your screen name to claim the prize, no one would ever be able to hold you to that statement.

hahaha talk is cheap eh? hahaha

I agree with the other guy who said let this story RIP. I'm beginning to get irritated. He won and we told him the congrats and wished to be him, could-we-just-let-him-enjoy-his-fortune-in-peace

That money's gone fo ever

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    Posted: December 12, 2011, 10:16 pm - IP Logged

    remeber the lotter didnt pay, the punters paid,  lottery takes a cut and reallocates the money. %5 to sellers, and $100k to the seller of the winning ticket, by the look.

    lotteries didnt pay 1 red cent. you and i did.

    Just the punters had to pay? What's up with that?

    Why not the running backs too?


                                                 
                         
                                             

     

     

     

     

                                                                                                       

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      Posted: December 12, 2011, 11:44 pm - IP Logged

      remeber the lotter didnt pay, the punters paid,  lottery takes a cut and reallocates the money. %5 to sellers, and $100k to the seller of the winning ticket, by the look.

      lotteries didnt pay 1 red cent. you and i did.

      "lotteries didnt pay 1 red cent. you and i did."

       

      Do you play the U.S. PowerBall in Australia too?

       * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
         
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        Posted: December 13, 2011, 1:08 am - IP Logged

         Probably a tax-free gift of $12,000 check...

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          Posted: December 13, 2011, 7:43 am - IP Logged

          Maybe it's the flu I have, but I read this article twice and I just can't understand what the controversy is actually about?  Who is upset over what?  Are people saying that the guy that bought the ticket is not a regular customer?  So what?  Who cares?  Is it that he is NOT a construction worker?  I don't get it.

           

          Anyway, I think it's cool to give a clerk a tip IF they helped you to pick out a winning ticket or encouraged you to buy a ticket.  If I'm picking my numbers and they are just doing the job they were paid to do, then I wouldn't give them a dime....especially if they are the rude kind that don't want to be bothered with running the slip or doing their job in the first place.

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            Posted: December 13, 2011, 10:24 am - IP Logged

            it will be nice if the winner give Mr. singh a Tip....

            Maybe it's just me but it sounds like Mr. Singh already got a tip in the form of Hush Money! After this many weeks he all of the sudden remembers the ticket buyer?   I've had the people at my regular convience store remember me enough to say hi...but to be able to pick me out on tv(I doubt it!)   When this first broke the lottery would have had to investigate and one of the first people they talk to would be the clerk. He could have ended the whole thing that day.  But whatever they have the money and I'm still broke......(I might tip the clerk but I would have to discuss with them my need for privacy and that they shouldn't broadcast I gave them money)

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              Posted: December 13, 2011, 11:45 am - IP Logged

              Maybe it's the flu I have, but I read this article twice and I just can't understand what the controversy is actually about?  Who is upset over what?  Are people saying that the guy that bought the ticket is not a regular customer?  So what?  Who cares?  Is it that he is NOT a construction worker?  I don't get it.

               

              Anyway, I think it's cool to give a clerk a tip IF they helped you to pick out a winning ticket or encouraged you to buy a ticket.  If I'm picking my numbers and they are just doing the job they were paid to do, then I wouldn't give them a dime....especially if they are the rude kind that don't want to be bothered with running the slip or doing their job in the first place.

              If you ever did win big and started thinking about it, there are probably other people in your life who's help was just as useful as a clerk selling you a lottery ticket.  Would you go back and tip them too?

               * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                 
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                Posted: December 13, 2011, 12:30 pm - IP Logged

                Do not read the stories you do not find interesting. But to ask other people to not read stories that you do not find interesting is a strange request.

                Good luck.

                Mario, I agree with you. If people don't find the story interesting, do not read it and do not comment on it. For those of us who find it interesting, let us enjoy it for it's entertainment value.

                Maybe the people who get so offended by the comments and controversy this story generates, see themselves being harrased if they won the lottery.

                Todd finds the story interesting that is why it gets posted. The story has legs because the guys who won are investment bankers not blue collar workers.

                I find it interesting and agree with their landlord that they are fronting for the real winner.

                Cool stuff!

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                  Posted: December 13, 2011, 1:02 pm - IP Logged

                  Great story - inside look at the lying media.

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                    Posted: December 13, 2011, 3:03 pm - IP Logged

                    Great story - inside look at the lying media.

                    That's the big thing I took away from this article.

                    While I wouldn't go so far as to call them "liars", TV reporters do in fact ask leading questions so as to get the kinds of answers they need so as to be able to spin the story the way they want to tell it!  It's all about getting a large number of eyeballs on the TV screen.  The higher their stations ratings, (which TV stations get based upon the size of their viewing audience) the more the station can charge for ad time.  All reporters haves bosses.  Those bosses impress upon their reporters how important it is for the reporter to present a story a certain way.  That may or may not be how actual events unfolded.

                    About playing the lottery --  You will lose more than you win. Until you hit a jackpot.  Then everything changes!

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                      Posted: December 13, 2011, 4:29 pm - IP Logged

                      After I win tonite .......... it will be my money & my business ................. and nobody's money or business but mine !!!

                      Unless I choose to give some money to someone else !!!

                      1st in PA to win Mega Millions !!!

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                        Posted: December 13, 2011, 5:45 pm - IP Logged

                        After I win tonite .......... it will be my money & my business ................. and nobody's money or business but mine !!!

                        Unless I choose to give some money to someone else !!!

                        1st in PA to win Mega Millions !!!

                        Big Grin Santa

                        Alright dpoly1!!! However I plan on winning 2-nites MM's in NH first, .........sorry! dude (dudette?)  LOL   Big Smile

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                          Posted: December 13, 2011, 6:45 pm - IP Logged

                          Seriously, do you really think convenience store owners know or remember all their customer's names? The guy buys a cup of coffee apparently with cash on a regular basis. It does not call for introductions, but maybe friendly greetings. They said they recognized him after they saw his picture.  Do YOU know the name of the clerks and owners of the convenience stores you frequent?

                          Conspiracy theories are nuts. Crazy

                          Firstly may I answer with due regard as shown by your  post.....Dern Tootin I know the  managers and employees where I shop ! So  thank you kindly for asking!

                          Secondly if you followed this story that for weeks the manager insisted he never knew the winners yet SUDDENLY he does??? Cut me abreak with how he now has a re-newed memory of the player??? Most  adults  who dont live  with rose colored glasses  can make a fair accessment and do so with dignity.  I'll take mine back now and hope you find yours.

                          Never implied it was a conspiracy just a convenient BS story to give  more hype to this store and its owner....

                          ~~Is it true, Is it kind,Is it necessary. ~~~

                          christmas holly jolly numbers: 255,303,6911, 474,477 silver:47,gold:79.

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                            Posted: December 13, 2011, 6:55 pm - IP Logged

                            Alright dpoly1!!! However I plan on winning 2-nites MM's in NH first, .........sorry! dude (dudette?)  LOL   Big Smile

                            Dude that is winning .............. not like Sheen !!!!!!!!

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                              Posted: December 13, 2011, 9:16 pm - IP Logged

                              Firstly may I answer with due regard as shown by your  post.....Dern Tootin I know the  managers and employees where I shop ! So  thank you kindly for asking!

                              Secondly if you followed this story that for weeks the manager insisted he never knew the winners yet SUDDENLY he does??? Cut me abreak with how he now has a re-newed memory of the player??? Most  adults  who dont live  with rose colored glasses  can make a fair accessment and do so with dignity.  I'll take mine back now and hope you find yours.

                              Never implied it was a conspiracy just a convenient BS story to give  more hype to this store and its owner....

                              There's a lot of conspiracy theories going around on this win. That's all they are... theories. If this jackpot was one of the smaller ones, none of this hoopla would have even come about.

                              As to knowing the clerks and managers, I know them and they know me, but only on sight and NOT by name. I, along with the vast majority of people, are not on a first name basis, nor do they know the names except from the clerk's nametag IF they have one. This is especially so in cities and burbs at busy convenience stores.

                              In this instance, the manager recognized the photo of the winner as a regular customer and no more. Just like the clerk at the Valero I see everytime I buy my tickets there.  He would not know my name, especially since I only pay cash, but he'd sure recognize my photo as a regular customer. He does not have a nametag, so I do not know his name, but I'd recognize him in a photo. He's much too busy working to stop and chit-chat with customers and learn their names. And I'm much too busy with life than to make small talk with convenience store clerks at convenience stores I stop at because they are conveniently fast to get in and out.

                              I never lost my dignity over this story or anything else. Not sure how dignity got involved, or that you lost yours.

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