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California lottery retailers investigated for massive prize claims

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RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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Posted: November 1, 2014, 4:41 pm - IP Logged

I Agree!

The article starts out about lucky players and some players defying all odds and then has Tacchini explaining what he calls discounting. He then goes on to say "claiming a ticket that is not really yours is a violation of lottery regulations, it's not a crime.", which doesn't make much sense in the context of discounting because the ticket really does belong to the person who bought it for less face value.

Experts say they've been known to purchase winning tickets for 50 or 75 cents on the dollar, if the winner is trying to avoid paying taxes or debts. That's against the rules.

The problem is proving the winner is avoiding back taxes or child support, which should be the point of the article, but the writer barely touched on that.

The problem is catching players who are avoiding back taxes and child support doesn't improve the lottery bottom line, their payouts are the same regardless of who turn in the winning tickets.  The state's tax department and other state agencies should be chasing down these people with information the lottery give them.

 * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
   
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    Posted: November 2, 2014, 1:59 am - IP Logged

    The problem is catching players who are avoiding back taxes and child support doesn't improve the lottery bottom line, their payouts are the same regardless of who turn in the winning tickets.  The state's tax department and other state agencies should be chasing down these people with information the lottery give them.

    The other state departments and agencies expect the lottery to their work and the lotteries expect the clerks to do theirs. Nothing like a clerk asking you to prove you don't owe back child support. The worst part is the people owing back child support don't cash their tickets. Making a rule the buyer must cash the ticket will make it difficult giving scratch-offs as Christmas presents.

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      Posted: November 2, 2014, 9:09 am - IP Logged

      The other state departments and agencies expect the lottery to their work and the lotteries expect the clerks to do theirs. Nothing like a clerk asking you to prove you don't owe back child support. The worst part is the people owing back child support don't cash their tickets. Making a rule the buyer must cash the ticket will make it difficult giving scratch-offs as Christmas presents.

      Along with Birthdays, Anniversaries, Graduations, Weddings, Get Well wishes, Valentines Day or any other day of celebration where a gift is given or exchanged

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        harvard,il
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        Posted: November 2, 2014, 12:48 pm - IP Logged

        Along with Birthdays, Anniversaries, Graduations, Weddings, Get Well wishes, Valentines Day or any other day of celebration where a gift is given or exchanged

        I Agree!yes i do

        i want to be a millionaire a second time!

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          Posted: November 2, 2014, 1:05 pm - IP Logged

          I see a-lot of Singhs and Mohammed's on the winner list in CT. You know they don't play.

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            Posted: November 7, 2014, 7:46 am - IP Logged

            It's hard to catch these thieves since they usually give their winnings to a family member.