|Posted: May 26, 2014, 10:33 am - IP Logged|
Something fishy is going on here, and not just with retailers. This happened to me YESTERDAY!!! I went into a store to check some old tickets i had from Megamillions March 14th draw. Scanned all 3 of my tickets myself and all said "sorry not a winner". Normally i either throw them away after or have the retailer scan them on the machine just to verify. Well i did gave them to the cashier and the tickets would not scan properly so she punched in the codes and it said "not a winner". Still not sure why but i decided to keep my tickets. I JUST checked them like five minutes ago here on my computer and see that i actually won $15...(2 numbers + mega ball x multiplier).
I am soo F****** pissed. Not because this could have been a simple error, but because TWO different machines said "NOT A WINNER". Of course this is no big money but it counts. God knows how many times this has happened to not only me but to millions of other lotto players in the past without our knowledge.
You're not the first to report the self-scanners giving false negatives.
Just goes to show, always know the value of your tickets yourself. Never rely on the scanners, they should just be a double-check of what you already know. I've run into many places where the scanners were not working, usually shady places. Or could they be doing this on purpose?
And NEVER rely on the clerk. They can very easily lie about the value of the ticket, and spend the whole day "skimming the register" by underpaying players. I once had a clerk ask me when cashing a ticket, "how much do you think you won?" RED FLAG!!! If I didn't know beforehand, the clerk may try to pull a fast one and underpay. It's easy to justify and talk his way out even if he got caught, "oh, I made a mistake my friend, let me re-check it." Low risk, high reward.