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Canadian man loses $27 million lottery jackpot by 7 seconds

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Posted: January 31, 2015, 12:13 am - IP Logged

This was simply player error. This is going to haunt him to the end, but it was his fault. Rules are rules. Sucks to be him but I feel for the guy. You have to play to win, he did play to win and won but still lost, go figure. Timing is everything.Yes Nod

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    Posted: January 31, 2015, 1:13 am - IP Logged

    If the lottery sold the ticket, which they did, they should honour it.

     

    Players in Quebec should boycott Loto-Quebec in protest and subscribe to other lotteries instead

     

    I only play by subscription, I never buy tickets in a store.

    They did honor the ticket. Unfortunately none of his numbers came up in that drawing.

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      Posted: January 31, 2015, 2:48 am - IP Logged

      Most terminals in the US have draw break for 15-30 minutes before the draw where all sales and validations are suppressed.

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        homestead
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        Posted: January 31, 2015, 6:46 am - IP Logged

        This is why it pays to mark the advanced play option. This way, he wouldn't have to wait until the last minute to buy his tickets that would be set for future drawings.

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          homestead
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          Posted: January 31, 2015, 6:53 am - IP Logged

          It never pays to pig around with the Lottery maifasto: You snooze. You lose.

           

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            Posted: January 31, 2015, 9:16 am - IP Logged

            Timing is everything. Lesson for all ,don't wait until last minute to get your tickets.

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              Posted: January 31, 2015, 9:42 am - IP Logged

              Does anyone find it interesting, and rather ironic winning numbers actually came up on a ticket like that?  I thought there was some similar happenings in the United States.

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                Posted: January 31, 2015, 10:25 am - IP Logged

                Well, if he had both numbers on a playslip, and slip was insert before 9pm or 8:59:45., and the second ticket came out on 9.00.07

                Would you consider him as a winner though?What?

                No. Simple reason being that playslips don't count, only actual tickets do. While a 10 second wait for a ticket to print isn't usual, it happens nevertheless. I've had ticket requests take longer than that. It's a risk of playing too close to cut-off.

                On a related topic, some have mentioned "draw breaks" - some lotteries literally shut down all terminal sales for around 15 minutes prior to drawings. To me that seems a primitive way of running a lottery; annoying to customers and less sales. I'm glad PA Lottery, and many others, keep selling tickets straight through drawings - no waiting, no having to come back, etc. And shows that the lottery has confidence in their computer system to properly handle cut-offs and numbers files.

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                  Posted: January 31, 2015, 12:26 pm - IP Logged

                  This guy should just come to the realization that he is a loser, not only in the lottery but the game of life as well.

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                    Posted: January 31, 2015, 12:46 pm - IP Logged

                    No. Simple reason being that playslips don't count, only actual tickets do. While a 10 second wait for a ticket to print isn't usual, it happens nevertheless. I've had ticket requests take longer than that. It's a risk of playing too close to cut-off.

                    On a related topic, some have mentioned "draw breaks" - some lotteries literally shut down all terminal sales for around 15 minutes prior to drawings. To me that seems a primitive way of running a lottery; annoying to customers and less sales. I'm glad PA Lottery, and many others, keep selling tickets straight through drawings - no waiting, no having to come back, etc. And shows that the lottery has confidence in their computer system to properly handle cut-offs and numbers files.

                    In Ohio you can play MM up to 10:45 PM on drawing night (up to 15 minutes before the drawing) and PB up to 10:00 PM on drawing night (up to one hour before the drawing) before the terminal switches to the next drawing date.  The fact that one has different rules than the other doesn't effect anything, it's the drawing date on the ticket that counts and the tickets can't be canceled.

                     * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                       
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                      Posted: February 2, 2015, 12:03 am - IP Logged

                      In Ohio you can play MM up to 10:45 PM on drawing night (up to 15 minutes before the drawing) and PB up to 10:00 PM on drawing night (up to one hour before the drawing) before the terminal switches to the next drawing date.  The fact that one has different rules than the other doesn't effect anything, it's the drawing date on the ticket that counts and the tickets can't be canceled.

                      The time stamp that determines when the ticket was printed and the guy was clearly told it was for the May 30 drawing. Compared to some of the other lawsuits, this is just another example of players having no clue what they are buying.

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                        Posted: February 15, 2015, 3:16 am - IP Logged

                        Bummer for him. I realize this is Canada, but I would swear that in some states, the ticket machines actually shut down or go offline for an hour or two when the draw deadline passes. Presumably to prevent something like this being disputed. Is that real or am I mis-remembering it?

                        And my headline would have said "misses" jackpot by seven seconds, not loses.

                        good luck everyone.

                        You're correct. In North Carolina the ticket purchase deadline for Powerball, Mega Millions and Cash 5 is 9:59 PM, with the drawing held at 10:59 PM. From 9:59 until after the drawing, the computer terminals in all ticket sales locations go offline, and you cannot purchase a ticket period. It's done the same way in other states. 

                        Canada needs to get with the program and start doing things the way North Carolina and other U.S. states do it. I don't blame the guy for being seriously ticked off.

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                          You're correct. In North Carolina the ticket purchase deadline for Powerball, Mega Millions and Cash 5 is 9:59 PM, with the drawing held at 10:59 PM. From 9:59 until after the drawing, the computer terminals in all ticket sales locations go offline, and you cannot purchase a ticket period. It's done the same way in other states. 

                          Canada needs to get with the program and start doing things the way North Carolina and other U.S. states do it. I don't blame the guy for being seriously ticked off.

                          If sales had stopped completely, instead of getting one ticket for that night's drawing and one for the next drawing he would only have gotten the ticket for that's night's drawing. Nothing would be any different than it is. He was offered the chance to refuse the ticket, but he chose to accept it, so he doesn't even have an argument that he  lost a dollar, never mind the jackpot.

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                            Posted: February 15, 2015, 9:21 pm - IP Logged

                            If the ticket was being processed before the deadline then I say give him his share.

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