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$75,000 California Lottery winner leaves with only $75

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Posted: May 4, 2015, 8:36 pm - IP Logged

The clerk had a change of heart when he saw the customer climb into a van with a California lottery banner on the side Green laugh

If the chances of winning the jackpot are so slim, why play when the jackpot is so small? Your chances never change, but the potential payoff does.
If a crystal ball showed you the future of the rest of your life, and in that future you will never win a jackpot, would you still play?

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    Posted: May 4, 2015, 8:39 pm - IP Logged

    I look at this from a different angle. If you are "the winner" and you are soooo feeble that you, as "the winner" let the clerk pay

    you $75 off a $75k hit then you really don't deserve the $$$.

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      Posted: May 4, 2015, 8:52 pm - IP Logged

      I look at this from a different angle. If you are "the winner" and you are soooo feeble that you, as "the winner" let the clerk pay

      you $75 off a $75k hit then you really don't deserve the $$$.

      The winner deserves to be paid what he won.

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        Posted: May 4, 2015, 8:55 pm - IP Logged

        The news story has been updated with the latest surprise twist!

         

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          Posted: May 4, 2015, 9:34 pm - IP Logged

          Obviously the winner never checked his ticket first. I'm thinking that perhaps he was a regular lottery customer and there fore the clerk knew him, if not his name, and realized his error and told his boss.

          Just saw the story update so I guess this wasn't the case about him being a regular customer, but it's good to know there are honest clerks.

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            Posted: May 4, 2015, 10:36 pm - IP Logged

            So this ticket was scanned over a month ago and the store owner is saying his cashier made  " a mistake?"...Your Store has been under Sur-veil-lance Sir. Did you ever ask yourself why Mr Islam? I think you know now that the pieces are falling into place...don't you? 

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              Posted: May 4, 2015, 11:06 pm - IP Logged

              What the hell? Most states, at least my state won't even give you a dollar amount over $500, it just tells you to contact the lottery office or something like that. This should never have happened. At least the clerk and owner were honest, so good on them. There should be no 6 month maximum time to reclaim his prize since the clerk screwed up, it should be held in a trust account until he is found, period. 

              There is no $75000 prize.  There is no winner. The "winner" was an inspector. Therefore there is no time period needed to collect.

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                Posted: May 4, 2015, 11:13 pm - IP Logged

                These sewer rats are not showing signs of stopping. Perhaps the business should lose the license to sell lottery and that ban should continue for 5 years for that particular address when the business gets sold. Then throw the thieving clerk in jail

                That money's gone fo ever

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                  Posted: May 5, 2015, 12:14 am - IP Logged

                  Sounds like a scam that went bad on both sides, the state waiting for someone to try and claim the fake prize and the clerk and manager realizing a prize that size would be fully investigated.

                   * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                     
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                    Posted: May 5, 2015, 12:16 am - IP Logged

                    Ok- lets dissect this report... 

                    The gas station released surveillance video of the purported winner on Sunday in an effort to identify the man and reward him his rightful earnings, the station's manager said.

                    Oh yeah they did release the surveillance video....After more than a Month with the ticket in their possession.

                     

                    "Since the store held onto the ticket, it appears the ticket was mishandled," Lopez said in a brief statement. "We are currently investigating this case."

                    Sure it was MISHANDLED, why?... because if these folks were so "concerned" about the money getting back to the rightful Owner, why not send the ticket Certified Mail back to the Lottery HQ stating that they " wanted nothing to do " with this ticket and it was now up to the California Lottery to track this person down- INSTEAD, this outfit stewed and brewed over whether to come forward and claim or perhaps visions of Chris Hansen coming through their door with a camera crew made them hesitate for over A MONTH...

                    Chevron station manager Shamsun Islam said the clerk realized his mistake after the apparent ticket-holder left.

                    So why hang onto the ticket Islam, and lets dispense of the " California lottery folks were going to swing by and pick up the ticket"

                    "He feels so bad," Islam said of the clerk.

                    Sure he feels bad, because he probably looked at that ticket on a daily basis wondered " what if"..and now its gone.

                    The clerk immediately called Islam, who in turn called her boss, who instructed her to call California Lottery officials. Shamsun said lottery officials said someone would come by to pick up the ticket.

                    * Turns out Shamsun is a female.....oops.

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                      Posted: May 5, 2015, 12:32 am - IP Logged

                      sure there isn't a Patel in there somewhere?.....Naturally the State Lottery is investigating the place....so MANY misread tickets...so little time !!!   Beau

                      They only feel "bad" when they are caught !!!  and feel Sorry when they get caught "

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                        Posted: May 5, 2015, 12:55 am - IP Logged

                        There is no $75000 prize.  There is no winner. The "winner" was an inspector. Therefore there is no time period needed to collect.

                        Duh, nice Monday morning quarterbacking after Todd updated the story to include that information that we did not have when we made our comments. 

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                          Posted: May 5, 2015, 2:01 am - IP Logged

                          Sounds like a scam that went bad on both sides, the state waiting for someone to try and claim the fake prize and the clerk and manager realizing a prize that size would be fully investigated.

                          I bet that manager wanted to cash it but got cold feet and backed out. If he was that concerned he would of brought the ticket to the LO.

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                            Posted: May 5, 2015, 3:06 am - IP Logged

                            Unbelievable!   How do you misread $75.00 from $75,000.00???

                            An honest mistake. Clerks know that $75,000 will never be paid over the counter! He may have thought the machine was malfunctioning since it allowed the ticket to be paid.  Don"t think there was any dishonesty here.

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                              Posted: May 5, 2015, 4:30 am - IP Logged

                              thanks for the update Todd.

                              I want to know how a system can develop where a $75k prize can deliver $75 cash to a winner. surely there is tax implications.

                              WTF is wrong with the state lotto to even allow  such a system to exist.

                              as in the prompt on the screen should say,

                              take $10 of customer for sales,. ,,,, pay 75 in prizes  or major prize, get divers licence and address for identity purposes.

                               

                              surly you have    tills that add and subtract  the balance from the float  as the day progresses, keeping tabs on what should be in the till at the end of the night?   no payout any cash should have ever been prompted.

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