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Couple recovers $50 million lottery ticket

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Posted: June 4, 2014, 3:35 pm - IP Logged

Now that we know the ticket was lost in January and returned April 1st it is obvious the founder was contemplating what to do with it. I am fairly certain that after exhausting all her possibilities, she decided to return the ticket to the person who had endorsed it.

Bottom line is that she could have been evil and done absolutely nothing and burn the ticket but the possibility of getting a small reward is better than nothing.

As much as I don't agree with the time frame in which she finally returned the ticket I still think she should get a small reward even though I don't think she deserves it.

What is percolating through my mind Drenick1 is the fact that the owners of this " lost " ticket could have visited that church on a regular basis after the ticket event, spoken to that person on many occasions after the fact, without that person saying a darn thing- laughing & smiling and then months later saying " by the way this belongs to you!"

 

...and then they said unto him- what caused the evil?- Master & Commander.

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    Posted: June 4, 2014, 4:51 pm - IP Logged

    If the couple had the ticket tape inside her purse,how did finders keeper find the ticket.Sounds a little strange to me.Signing the ticket saved the day.

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      Posted: June 5, 2014, 1:04 am - IP Logged

      I would not give a dime to the woman until she could explain why she held onto the ticket for so long. So someone keeps it for a while then realizes they'd better turn it in (since it was signed) in hopes of getting some $. I might instead make a large donation to a charity of her choice. Rewarding wrong doing is not right...and they would have been in litigation with her if he had not signed it.

      I Agree!  I would meet with the lady who returned it in an undisclosed location with my attorneys and ask her to describe her experience in finding the ticket and what transpired from the time she found it until she returned it.  If there is any indication she had sought ways to claim jackpot for herself, then I would simply say I thank you for your honesty...I had been prepared to reward finder $500,000 however, since you would have claimed the prize had I not signed the back of the ticket, I will donate $490,000 to a nationally known and legitimate charity of your choosing and reward you $10,000 for the act of returning the ticket.  In this way, it is still a win-win situation for all involved...just not as much of a win for the lady. 

      Also, many wonder why they taped the ticket to the inside of a purse and took it to church.  Folks who don't go to church or who have not ever been to Africa should realize that a good number of African people attend churches that preach a type of prosperity gospel. The notion is one should tithe at least a tenth of income and also give sacrificially to the church. The practice of money tithing is not espoused by the Bible, but pastors today take various scriptures out of context to justify the practice.  It is the same as slave masters using the Bible to justify their cruel treatment of slaves during that shameful era of our country.  So I imagine they took the ticket to church to give thanks and praise the Lord, and in the act of reaching in to give money during a "throw your sacrifice on the altar" the ticket probably fell out at their pew. Of course, I fully expect them to say they are going to give tithe.  One would have also thought that someone who goes to church would have contacted them within the week of finding the ticket, but I am well aware that some of the most conniving people actually go to church every week.

      Yes, the true story will be how long this money lasts!

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        Posted: June 5, 2014, 5:24 am - IP Logged

        Good thing they signed it and put thier addreses on it first before it went missing am not sure they will have got it back without signature and address ..Happy for them and a good srory..

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          Posted: June 5, 2014, 11:23 am - IP Logged

          This is a good story.  Glad to see that there are still good people in the world!

          I really do wish I could see the good only, without being suspicious of all the ways I think the finder was up to no good, but I cannot ignore the breadcrumbs pointing me in that direction.

          I do not believe this ticket was floating around on the church grounds for 3 months and that this woman miraculously happened upon it and turned it over. 

          I do believe that this couple is smarter than we give them credit for. Not only did they sign the ticket and put their address on it (so many people don't), they didn't immediately say (like so many here) that they were going to give the woman a large financial settlement. In the end, whether they will or not, it seems likely that they suspect the woman wasn't being all that altruistic.

          I know others say that she could have destroyed it, so she deserves a reward because she didn't. That's ridiculous. Why would she destroy the ticket knowing the couple would be pressured into giving her a reward? Zero dollars vs thousands of dollars.

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            Posted: June 5, 2014, 1:24 pm - IP Logged

            From the video of their winnings presentation at the lottery office:

             

            https://ca.news.yahoo.com/toronto-area-couple-reunited-50m-lottery-ticket-lost-202227477.html

             

            She said her grandchildren were playing in her purse!  Brilliant move.  You've got a massive prize winning lottery ticket in your purse, and you let kids play with it???  Wow.

            I dunno, maybe they're just incredibly dumb but it does seem strange, I'm suspicious.  And she didn't want to give much detail about the return of the ticket, just saying it was returned with the person telling her "April Fool".  I think there's more to the story than that.

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              Posted: June 5, 2014, 4:43 pm - IP Logged

              They should have just left the ticket duct-taped to his stomach until Monday... and only when they got to the lottery office parking lot should he have removed it.  It was actually a safer place to keep the ticket than his wife's purse.  Wink

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                Posted: June 5, 2014, 9:17 pm - IP Logged

                Now that we know the ticket was lost in January and returned April 1st it is obvious the founder was contemplating what to do with it. I am fairly certain that after exhausting all her possibilities, she decided to return the ticket to the person who had endorsed it.

                Bottom line is that she could have been evil and done absolutely nothing and burn the ticket but the possibility of getting a small reward is better than nothing.

                As much as I don't agree with the time frame in which she finally returned the ticket I still think she should get a small reward even though I don't think she deserves it.

                "it is obvious the founder was contemplating what to do with it"

                No, it's not. We know when it was lost and when it was returned, but we don't know when it was found, and we don't know where in the church it was lost. It's possible that it was found shortly after it was lost, but it's also possible that it was found shortly before it was returned and in a place that wasn't obvious.

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                  Posted: June 5, 2014, 9:58 pm - IP Logged

                  "it is obvious the founder was contemplating what to do with it"

                  No, it's not. We know when it was lost and when it was returned, but we don't know when it was found, and we don't know where in the church it was lost. It's possible that it was found shortly after it was lost, but it's also possible that it was found shortly before it was returned and in a place that wasn't obvious.

                  There's many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip is an old English proverb. It implies that even when the outcome of an event seems certain, things can still go wrong.

                  A Latin form is found in Erasmus's "Adagia," I.iv.1 ("Multa cadunt inter calicem supremaque labra") which appears to derive from an epigram by Palladas in The Greek Anthology (X, 32).

                  In any language......

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                    Posted: June 6, 2014, 8:45 am - IP Logged

                    According to YAHOO!News,"But that despair turned to joy after a fellow member of the congregation discovered the ticket and reunited it with them on April 1 — saying "April fools" — a return made possible because Nosiru signed the ticket with their address". That woman has balls, what nerves. I guess she was just holding it for them for safekeeping.

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                      Posted: June 7, 2014, 4:31 pm - IP Logged

                      "it is obvious the founder was contemplating what to do with it"

                      No, it's not. We know when it was lost and when it was returned, but we don't know when it was found, and we don't know where in the church it was lost. It's possible that it was found shortly after it was lost, but it's also possible that it was found shortly before it was returned and in a place that wasn't obvious.

                      I highly doubt that the lady recently found the ticket and returned it shortly after. Upon returning the ticket and uttering "April Fool's" I think many would agree that she exhausted her sources of possibly redeeming the ticket.

                      Almost three months had passed and there is a good chance that the church was cleaned several times in that interval plus the couple who had lost the ticket most likely scoured the church and entire surrounding area.

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                        Posted: June 13, 2014, 11:34 am - IP Logged

                        i leave mine at home, its safe and i never loose any !

                        just don't tell the whole world you won something

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                          Posted: June 16, 2014, 2:52 pm - IP Logged

                          Where was that ticket the whole time? Was it on someone's conscience - what was the hold up from Jan to Apr?

                          Precisely DR....you have once again....Solved A Mystery !!!!!   (AL)

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