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Unclaimed Idaho Lottery prizes add up to millions

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HaveABall's avatar - rocket

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Posted: May 2, 2012, 11:44 pm - IP Logged

I'm available to receive these unclaimed monies! Banana

Having several millions of dollars in my financial accounts means receiving several valuable services each day!

Disney

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    Posted: May 2, 2012, 11:46 pm - IP Logged

    My state has made it virtually idiot proof for you to know if you have won or not. There are scanners at the stores that tell you if you won or lost on the draw tickets like MM or Powerball and if you join the lottery site online you can enter both draw and instant tickets into it for points and if the ticket is not a winner it will not let you enter it.

     

    I don't understand how someone can spend their hard earned money in obviously an attempt to win money and then not bother to check or be more careful with their tickets. 

    Because some people receive tickets as gifts.

    Having several millions of dollars in my financial accounts means receiving several valuable services each day!

    Disney

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      Posted: May 2, 2012, 11:49 pm - IP Logged

      "And the best way to check them is to take them to a store that sells lottery tickets."

      I don't agree with that part unless you self-check them at the store.

      I bet the winnings stolen by clerks exceeds the unclaimed winnings.

      You shouldn't give a ticket to a clerk unless you already know what you've won and have signed the ticket first.

      Totally.  At our stores we have those self-check scanners that make a really loud "WHA-HOOO!" scream (or something like that) when the ticket has a prize.   So it's unmistakable.   But still, it's better to check the numbers beforehand, to be on the safe side.

      La Maga Della Spaziometria

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        Posted: May 3, 2012, 12:05 am - IP Logged

        I myself have given away a few tickets between $600 and $1000 to local Idaho residents because to me it was not worth the tax hassle to claim small prizes.  I'm from Utah so maybe their are alot of small prizes that go unclaimed for the same reason that they were won by people living in Utah.   One lady was able to fix her car with a couple of tickets I gave her so it felt like the right thing to do.  With 3 non-lottery states (Nevada, Wyoming, Utah) surrounding Idaho I'm sure they get alot of out of state traffic.  Malad, Idaho was reported to be 4 times its normal population on the Thursday and Friday before the 650 million drawing for MegaMillions.

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          Posted: May 3, 2012, 8:37 am - IP Logged

          That's an interesting idea, Jimmy, the 3 non-lottery states.  Maybe that has something to do with the unclaimed prizes.

          And how cool that someone else could benefit greatly from your winning tickets.  Nice :)

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            Posted: May 3, 2012, 8:56 am - IP Logged

            Why play!
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              Posted: May 3, 2012, 9:39 am - IP Logged

              If that's just Idaho ???.....Then I wonder what it would be in NY, CA, FL, PA, or TX ????   Thud

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                Posted: May 3, 2012, 11:04 am - IP Logged

                Totally.  At our stores we have those self-check scanners that make a really loud "WHA-HOOO!" scream (or something like that) when the ticket has a prize.   So it's unmistakable.   But still, it's better to check the numbers beforehand, to be on the safe side.

                I haven't used those in a couple years, but they used to be pretty lame.  They'd say winner or not a winner, but no amount.  I use the vending machines now, which do tell you how much $$$.  Have they upgraded the smaller scanners?

                  HoLeeKau's avatar - YheaShea
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                  Posted: May 3, 2012, 11:07 am - IP Logged

                  I myself have given away a few tickets between $600 and $1000 to local Idaho residents because to me it was not worth the tax hassle to claim small prizes.  I'm from Utah so maybe their are alot of small prizes that go unclaimed for the same reason that they were won by people living in Utah.   One lady was able to fix her car with a couple of tickets I gave her so it felt like the right thing to do.  With 3 non-lottery states (Nevada, Wyoming, Utah) surrounding Idaho I'm sure they get alot of out of state traffic.  Malad, Idaho was reported to be 4 times its normal population on the Thursday and Friday before the 650 million drawing for MegaMillions.

                  Jimmy

                  I bet that's a big part of it.  I drove over to Oregon a few years ago when their state game was around 30 mil.  I had a ticket worth 2 or 3 dollars, and the big JP was won, so it just wasn't worth it to drive back for a couple bucks.

                    HoLeeKau's avatar - YheaShea
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                    Posted: May 3, 2012, 11:09 am - IP Logged

                    GiGi & HoLeeKau check your tickets!!!!!!

                    I shred my tickets for kitty litter.  They contact you if you win, right?


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                      Posted: May 3, 2012, 12:41 pm - IP Logged

                      I myself have given away a few tickets between $600 and $1000 to local Idaho residents because to me it was not worth the tax hassle to claim small prizes.  I'm from Utah so maybe their are alot of small prizes that go unclaimed for the same reason that they were won by people living in Utah.   One lady was able to fix her car with a couple of tickets I gave her so it felt like the right thing to do.  With 3 non-lottery states (Nevada, Wyoming, Utah) surrounding Idaho I'm sure they get alot of out of state traffic.  Malad, Idaho was reported to be 4 times its normal population on the Thursday and Friday before the 650 million drawing for MegaMillions.

                      Jimmy

                      Your generous than most, good for you, and good for the recipients!  Yes Nod

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                        Posted: May 3, 2012, 3:58 pm - IP Logged

                        And this is why I check the trash whenever I buy my scratchies.

                        Scratchies for the win!

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                          Posted: May 3, 2012, 4:27 pm - IP Logged

                          "It's not me.  Sad to say, I always check my tickets and check 'em twice. 

                          Seriously, what is wrong with Idahoans!!!!

                          That's just crazy.  Crazy fool business."

                           

                          Hopefully they are not claiming that someone won only to keep the prize.

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                            Posted: May 3, 2012, 4:33 pm - IP Logged

                            I shred my tickets for kitty litter.  They contact you if you win, right?

                            Ha!  Of course.

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                              Posted: May 3, 2012, 5:18 pm - IP Logged

                              This should change with online sales. If they know who you are, then there should'nt be any unclaimed or expired wins. Curious to see how it works.