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Iowa Lottery officials track down $1 million winner

Topic closed. 30 replies. Last post 3 years ago by Marilyn222.

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Posted: May 20, 2014, 8:18 pm - IP Logged

I admit before I got serious with the lottery, I'd buy tickets when mega jackpots were advertised on TV, and I'd forget to check them for weeks or months. There were even a few times, I would find them in my wallet or drawer after they expired!  Those I never checked the numbers and just tossed them.  So, I kind of understand...

Now, I check my draw tickets the same night or at the latest the next morning.

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    Posted: May 20, 2014, 9:48 pm - IP Logged

    Good job by the Iowa lottery.

    I can see this happening to a player. I know someone who plays heavy, everyday, and all he ever knows is "Congratulations, you won $ #" or "Thank you for playing, sorry not a winner this time" when he takes a few days worth of tickets and checks them on a lotto scanner.

    He has no idea what he missed any numbers by - not that it matters but you'd think someone who plays like that would be curious.

    That's called playing for the sake of playing.

    In the case of the guy in the OP, if he was playing in a neighboring state so as not to get his mug posted on monitors in his state (just maybe) I guess he kind of blew that.

    Green laugh

    Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.


    There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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      Posted: May 20, 2014, 11:05 pm - IP Logged

      I think it was a very good job by the Iowa Lottery to track down the winner.  Whether he would have checked it in time or not is subjective.  Congrats on his win, and when I win I will know immediately and won't wait too long to cash out lol

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        Posted: May 21, 2014, 2:37 am - IP Logged

        so glad you found your ticket congrats enjoy the winnings

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          Posted: May 21, 2014, 7:44 am - IP Logged

          PA won the MG Jackpot.

          White Bounce

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            Posted: May 21, 2014, 8:55 am - IP Logged

            PA won the MG Jackpot.

            Correction, PA won the MM Jackpot.

            White Bounce

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              Posted: May 21, 2014, 9:19 am - IP Logged

              Congrats to the State of Iowa, and Mr Watson.  Sounds like they run the lottery with a big heart which is refreshing to read. The bigger states have too much on their plates to go tracking down  big lottery winners and  they get to keep the jackpot when it goes unclaimed.


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                Posted: May 21, 2014, 10:28 am - IP Logged

                sounds like he has more money then time

                unlike us :))

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                  Posted: May 21, 2014, 1:45 pm - IP Logged

                  Correction, PA won the MM Jackpot.

                  Well, at least it was not from California, New York, or Florida.

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                    Posted: May 21, 2014, 9:55 pm - IP Logged

                    "he currently has tickets from several different states that he has yet to check, but he plans to do that soon."---



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                      Posted: May 21, 2014, 10:19 pm - IP Logged

                      Well, I guess he is lucky people took the time to track him down or he would be out of a lot of money. Most states would just let the ticket expire and he would have been out of luck.

                      "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."


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                        Posted: May 21, 2014, 10:55 pm - IP Logged

                        I agree to a point- it took them 6 months to get this guy who by all accounts had forgotten that he had the winning ticket. Unlike what the California lottery did here 2 years ago by tracking down a winner a little over a month after winning and putting his mug on TV. 

                        Unbelievable stupidity.

                        You are correct but I guess I should have clarified a little.  The only reason I mention that other states should do this is only because the unclaimed money does not go back into the pot for players to win so Iowa I feel is more diligent in making sure that they try to due right by their lottery customers no matter what the circumstances may be even if the lottery player may have been negligent.  I appreciate that because sometimes unfortunate things do happen!

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                          Posted: May 22, 2014, 8:22 am - IP Logged

                          It's amazing they could track down a guy who doesn't even live in the same state the ticket was purchased in.

                          It is, glad they found him.


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                            Posted: May 23, 2014, 2:50 pm - IP Logged

                            "I had compiled them all together and I was going to go through them, so I had them in my computer bag," he said.

                            If that was an intentional pun, it was brilliant.

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                              Posted: May 27, 2014, 4:51 pm - IP Logged

                                 Thinking of...   Richard Watson of Belton Missouri claimed his $1000,000

                              PowerBall prize after Iowa Lottery tracked him down>>>>>>>>>>>>>>!!!!

                              "Kum & Go" worked hard with UMB in Mo. and Kum & Go got their man>>>!!!

                              HOW did they "DO" that????????? Bat Scared