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Quest for lottery jackpot denied again

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ttech10's avatar - blobdude
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Posted: March 18, 2015, 5:22 pm - IP Logged

I do not understand why states put a time limit on claiming a winning ticket.  When you purchase a ticket and that ticket becomes a winner, then it is unclaimed property of the ticket holder until the holder claims the prize.  Every state has Unclaimed (Escheat) property statutes that effectively says when property is unclaimed for a certain length of time it reverts to the state for safekeeping until the owner of the property can be located.

Probably so they don't have hundreds or thousands of winning tickets out there years down the road. Also, most people aren't so careless and redeem them before the time is up. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the time limit. The issue is people buying tickets and not being responsible with them. Don't play if you aren't prepared to keep your ticket safe and follow the game to see if you won anything or not.

 

I feel bad for this guy, but he should have known better than to buy a ticket and not check for an entire year whether or not it might have won anything. I keep my tickets in one set location and I check once every month (though each MM draw I check to see if there's a jackpot winner). Admittedly I did misplace my ticket once, all the other playslips and old tickets were in the same place, but not the current valid one. I stopped what I was doing and looked through things until I found it, and that's even before it was worth millions. I can't imagine knowing it could be worth millions and not dropping everything I'm doing to find it.

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    Posted: March 18, 2015, 5:29 pm - IP Logged

    If he had a full year to claim the ticket why did he wait until the deadline passed? Did he lose the ticket and just found it too late or something?

    Jackson's oft-told story, revived again this month during a public hearing conducted by the Public Safety and Security Committee, begins around 11:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, 1996, the date on which Jackson's sister discovered he possessed a winning lottery ticket purchased Friday, Oct. 13, 1995. Media reports about an unclaimed jackpot had prompted her search.

    At that point, Jackson had 45 minutes to validate the ticket before it expired. Lottery headquarters were closed that Sunday and they were closed the next day, too, which happened to be Columbus Day.

    There is one argument and possibly a precedent the Jackson supporters should make and that is the fact the IRS extends the tax deadline when April 15 is on a weekend.

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      Posted: March 18, 2015, 5:30 pm - IP Logged

      I agree with the legislative committee, it was right to reject his case. Mr Jackson had a whole year to claim his prize, bit failed to do so, the lottery can not be held responsible for that 

       

      I agree with Ann Noble:

       

      Anne Noble, CEO of the Connecticut Lottery Corp., said changing the rules for Jackson or anyone else would set a dangerous precedent because there are about $255 million in unclaimed lottery prizes dating from 1996.

      We all get a lot out of lotteries!

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        Posted: March 18, 2015, 7:56 pm - IP Logged

        I'm one of those who can't understand why someone would go to the trouble to buy a ticket then never check it for a whole year.

        I check my tickets right after the drawing. I guess because I really really really really really (did I say really?) want to retire. Really.

        CAN'T WIN IF YOU'RE NOT IN

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          Posted: March 18, 2015, 9:01 pm - IP Logged

          Jackson's oft-told story, revived again this month during a public hearing conducted by the Public Safety and Security Committee, begins around 11:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, 1996, the date on which Jackson's sister discovered he possessed a winning lottery ticket purchased Friday, Oct. 13, 1995. Media reports about an unclaimed jackpot had prompted her search.

          At that point, Jackson had 45 minutes to validate the ticket before it expired. Lottery headquarters were closed that Sunday and they were closed the next day, too, which happened to be Columbus Day.

          There is one argument and possibly a precedent the Jackson supporters should make and that is the fact the IRS extends the tax deadline when April 15 is on a weekend.

          Maybe they could have overlooked the fact that they were closed on Sunday and again on Monday for Columbus Day.  But, Jackson did NOT bother to go to the Lottery Headquarters on Tuesday. He didn't try to collect until Wednesday and they said "No".

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            Posted: March 18, 2015, 9:17 pm - IP Logged

            "It's not like we're asking the taxpayers to pay an additional dime," Coleman said. "All of the payout to Mr. Jackson would come from other unclaimed lottery winnings."

            Sounds likes Coleman doesn't give a dam about other players who didn't claim their prizes in time, he wants their unclaimed money to go to Mr. Jackson.  How can he pretend to want equal treatment for everyone?

             * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
               
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              Posted: March 18, 2015, 9:56 pm - IP Logged

              No Pity!Who the heck were those 12 who voted in favor of Mr. Jackson?  What were they smoking, loco weed?  This is a clear cut case of "You snooze, you Lose."   Twelve months is a very generous amount of time to claim your jackpot.  What were you doing in those 12 months, Mr. Jackson?  Playing tittlewinks with your pet goldfish? The sooner you get your $$ the sooner you can start earning interest while it sits in your bank account.  Green laugh

               

              Two months would be the longest I might need to claim a jackpot.  I'd need to coordinate with advisers and contact those of whom I might like to share the jackpot with to avoid paying taxes twice....If they're part of the initial claim then they'd be responsible for their taxes.

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                Posted: March 18, 2015, 10:04 pm - IP Logged

                Maybe they could have overlooked the fact that they were closed on Sunday and again on Monday for Columbus Day.  But, Jackson did NOT bother to go to the Lottery Headquarters on Tuesday. He didn't try to collect until Wednesday and they said "No".

                I Agree!, just pointing out what he could do.

                His sister should have called lottery headquarters when she found the ticket or he could have signed it, get some witnesses and have the retailer where he bought it try to validate it. But he didn't do either.

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                  Posted: March 18, 2015, 10:05 pm - IP Logged

                  Probably so they don't have hundreds or thousands of winning tickets out there years down the road. Also, most people aren't so careless and redeem them before the time is up. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the time limit. The issue is people buying tickets and not being responsible with them. Don't play if you aren't prepared to keep your ticket safe and follow the game to see if you won anything or not.

                   

                  I feel bad for this guy, but he should have known better than to buy a ticket and not check for an entire year whether or not it might have won anything. I keep my tickets in one set location and I check once every month (though each MM draw I check to see if there's a jackpot winner). Admittedly I did misplace my ticket once, all the other playslips and old tickets were in the same place, but not the current valid one. I stopped what I was doing and looked through things until I found it, and that's even before it was worth millions. I can't imagine knowing it could be worth millions and not dropping everything I'm doing to find it.

                  If I thought I had a million dollar ticket that I forgot about for over a year. I would not put myself through the agony of checking the number.  I would rather not know that I won millions then to think that I did not find a ticket in time to claim the prize.

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                    Posted: March 18, 2015, 10:36 pm - IP Logged

                    I can't believe he's spent 19 years trying to get them to change the rules.  He knew the rules when he bought the ticket, he had ample time to redeem it and for whatever reason, didn't.   give it up.  It's called screwing up, just move on.

                    Sure did know the rules- that is why his been fighting to collect. Ever so often one reads of a winner coming in at the " last minute" ..Just because they can. In fact Todd posted a news piece a while ago when the guy responded when asked " why wait till the Last minute"- because I wanted to or can.

                     If you have a year to collect and you feel the need to wait...hey, that's fine- if you looking for  sympathy, you'll find it in the dictionary. 

                    People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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                      Posted: March 18, 2015, 11:13 pm - IP Logged

                      If I thought I had a million dollar ticket that I forgot about for over a year. I would not put myself through the agony of checking the number.  I would rather not know that I won millions then to think that I did not find a ticket in time to claim the prize.

                      Same. In fact, I'd be hesitant to check if it was any of the top 4 payouts.

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                        Posted: March 19, 2015, 1:11 am - IP Logged

                        Mr Jackson, forget it. You had a whole year to collect your money and you seem to sat on your butt and let your ticket expire, now you want a rule change just for your lazy butt, it's not happening.

                        If you were in a coma, then yes you should get the money, but it seems you just didn't check your ticket for over a year, that's your lose and the State's gain. Check your ticket next time and legislator's do what you were put into office to do and stop wasting tax payers money.

                        One year is more than enough time to turn in your winning ticket.

                        i agree 100 percent

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                          Posted: March 19, 2015, 5:35 am - IP Logged

                          I bet (pardon the pun) his attorney is having a field day with this one.

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                            Posted: March 19, 2015, 7:36 am - IP Logged

                            Mr  Jackson should only play by subscription, they will contact him if he wins.

                            We all get a lot out of lotteries!

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                              Posted: March 19, 2015, 7:45 am - IP Logged

                              3 days late or 3 months or 3 years, last I knew rules where rules and a deadline was a deadline. The only reasonable explanation I could consider, was a hospital or facility stay that he  didn't have or could not be allowed access to a phone. I will wager that he used a telephone at one point in time between the day he purchased the ticket/night the numbers were drawn/364 days in between and the day he reported late to try and collect the winnings. If he waited for whatever reasons ???....wellllll.... I have ZERO sympathy, because you can't fix gormless.