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Store owner tried to scam woman out of lottery winnings

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Posted: May 22, 2012, 1:30 pm - IP Logged

The Store Person Just Made A Mistake 

The Store Person Just Made A Mistake Went To Jail.    Thinking of...

    mediabrat's avatar - 18z0typ
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    Posted: May 23, 2012, 8:43 pm - IP Logged

    Hi Mediabrat,

    I wrote the original post, and I agree that the two possiblities you offered are very plausable.

    Although I hadn't given it any thought, I'm sure stores do train clerks to be on the lookout for players trying to scam the clerk. It's a two way street. The stores, just like players, have to protect themselves from unscrupulous people.  There's no question they do get ripped off by the public all the time.

    Also the woman behind the counter very well might have taken offense to me checking my ticket on the scanner.  But I dont think I dared to do to anything.  I simply used the tool the state provided me with to protect myself. My own personal opinion is, that there is absolutely no reason why she should have taken offense, and if she did, she was wrong.  Afterall, the store's customers didnt put the scanner there.  New York State did. I would think that she should have also been trained on the reason why it's there in the first place. What I did was fair and acceptable. She and I were/are total strangers.  How many other total strangers did she wait on that day?  Did she take offense to other customers for various frivolus reasons?  If she did, I'm willing to bet she'd soon be gone as a store employee.

    But didn't you say this happened the one time you did NOT check your ticket on the scanner?  Instead, you merely said "I've got a $22 winner"?  No, I wouldn't expect anyone to be offended by you using the scanner.  And if I was a convenience store clerk and I had reason to believe the customer thinks I'm trying to rip them off, I'd be a little ticked.

    Again, though, I'm not saying either of you was in the wrong.  I was just trying to bring another point of view to the conversation.

      mediabrat's avatar - 18z0typ
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      Posted: May 23, 2012, 8:47 pm - IP Logged

      LOL, no I wouldn't call him a lawyer, Max.

      I'm sure he's a decent human being.

      Awww, Ridge!  That might be the nicest thing you've ever said about me! Lovies  Cheers

        Lucky Loser's avatar - bucks
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        Posted: May 25, 2012, 12:40 am - IP Logged

        Well, it appears that the story has progressed into how the customer scams the clerk, or store, and that they must protect themselves from the customer. Hmmmmm, I find this very interesting. Now, I can see where a thief might rob a store and steal a handful off scratch-offs but, this is hardly a scam. It's just outright thieving. Scamming would mean that tickets have been altered to make a losers appear as winners...and getting paid on 'em This would never fly even though it's been attempted. Lotto tickets are even worse candidates to try and alter and a clerk would have to be a complete idiot to be conned into paying out on an altered ticket...WHICH STILL SCANS AS A LOSER IN BOTH CASES.

        I beg to differ on all these accounts of the customer getting over on the clerk. The customer definitely needs to be aware of the clerk(s) when checking their winnings. I can guarantee everyone here one thing: You can't get out of ANY STORE with more tickets than you've paid for. That clerk will make sure that they've been paid in full before you leave.

        This is exactly the reason why I had no sympathy for this lady who's also a business owner of a restaurant which is even more intriguing. Seems she'd have to check all her dinner tickets to ensure everything was billed out properly, credited in the case of a coupon discount, tips, etc. etc. It should've be first nature for her to fully check that ticket HERSELF.

        HEADS UP: When you go out and have a meal and are paying with a credit or debit card, ALWAYS SCRATCH THROUGH THE TIP LINE ON YOUR BILL WHEN LEAVING A CASH TIP. If you're incorporating the tip along with the ticket amount by writing it in, then you're okay. There's been a rash of tickets doctored up with an additional tip included...and not by the customers. Protect yourself with this simple measure. See, the customer really does have to protect themselves more so.

         

        L.L.

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          Posted: June 4, 2012, 9:27 am - IP Logged

          She was very, very smart for signing the ticket.  When I cashed in my Powerball ticket I had the numbers that hit circled, and I signed the back.  The Clerk even commented "oh you signed the ticket."  It was only worth $14, but I had copies just in case!!!  Some of these store clerks are crooked when they see people win and try to cash in.

            Lucky Loser's avatar - bucks
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            Posted: June 5, 2012, 7:53 pm - IP Logged

            She was very, very smart for signing the ticket.  When I cashed in my Powerball ticket I had the numbers that hit circled, and I signed the back.  The Clerk even commented "oh you signed the ticket."  It was only worth $14, but I had copies just in case!!!  Some of these store clerks are crooked when they see people win and try to cash in.

            Hey, way to look out for yourself! It's called being very attentive to what's going on with your money. As one other poster said, when you go into a store to cash in a lottery or scratcher, you're supposed to ALREADY KNOW where and how much you've won. Not just handing over your ticket for someone else to validate, and, quite possibly lie when they detect that you're probably sure...or just silly to the fact. 

            A losing ticket just beeps after it's entered. A winner, after it's entered, will proceed to print out the prize amount won. Caught that years ago.

             

            L.L.

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              Posted: June 5, 2012, 10:58 pm - IP Logged

              This guy will have his stores selling lottery tickets again. He will transfer ownership to another family member and get new lottery licenses to the store.