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California Lottery officials seized surveillance footage from store that sold Powerball ticket

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Posted: January 20, 2016, 9:09 pm - IP Logged

Let's say that the Lottery officials didn't seize the camera video tape of that person who won that Powerball game. Would that tape be there for Lottery officials to pick up one year from now? I don't think so, gone forever. Smart move by Lottery officials.

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    Posted: January 20, 2016, 9:10 pm - IP Logged

    BS The California Lottery is doing the same thing they did a few years ago. Seizing footage of the winner for no apparent reason.  The winner has a full freaking year before he or she decides to come forward.The Last time they ran into a firestorm for putting the winner face on TV without the winner's permission- will these people ever learn? What on earth is the hurry? I swear- if l ever won and l am told to come forward: l will, with a Nixon mask or Gorilla Suit. 

    I like the way you think, claiming prizes "point break style".

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      Posted: January 20, 2016, 9:13 pm - IP Logged

      Perhaps the California lottery should be in charge of finding the FBI's most wanted?

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        Posted: January 20, 2016, 9:30 pm - IP Logged

        You still have to have that ticket to cash it in.

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          Posted: January 20, 2016, 9:51 pm - IP Logged

          Isn't that the guy who won $1m on the Powerball and then went to Vietnam or something for like 6 months then came back a few days before it expired and then couldn't find the ticket....

          i dont recall the whole story just that they pulled the video that showed the person buying and then asked others to help identify him.  It is a double edged sword, yes remind or help the buyer but also exposes the person if they wanted to be as anonymous as possible.  Cant imagine if I had purchased a ticket I would forget but stranger things have happened.   If that had been me, nobody would have to remind me to check my ticket.

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            i dont recall the whole story just that they pulled the video that showed the person buying and then asked others to help identify him.  It is a double edged sword, yes remind or help the buyer but also exposes the person if they wanted to be as anonymous as possible.  Cant imagine if I had purchased a ticket I would forget but stranger things have happened.   If that had been me, nobody would have to remind me to check my ticket.

            Our "LP jackpot collecting experts", when giving their advice forgot to mention the player with the ticket could simply call lottery headquarters. But then there would be no drama,

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              Posted: January 20, 2016, 10:01 pm - IP Logged

              This is what is written in the CA lottery FAQ section...

               

              **** How long do players have to claim prizes?

              Players have 180 days from the date of the POWERBALL® draw to claim prizes, other than the jackpot. The jackpot can be claimed for up to a year from the date of the POWERBALL® draw.

               

              Its only been 7 days, that's right. Seven days and already we reading  " surveillance footage seized ".. just what in the world is going on up there in Sacramento?  Whatever happened to abiding by your own rules?

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

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                Posted: January 20, 2016, 11:14 pm - IP Logged

                Seizing seems a little extreme, why not just ask for the tape politely and make a copy? And they wonder why people don't trust the government. Seeing as this was the biggest jackpot in history I highly doubt anyone was careless or forgot to check their tickets, they are obviously doing the right thing unlike the other idiots that ran to come forward the next day so right off the bat I have much higher hopes for their future. 

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                  Posted: January 20, 2016, 11:35 pm - IP Logged

                  What if they found out they won and had a heart attack? I sure might have,  at that point you assumed you were the only winner. ...... or maybe they're just taking their time ..... goodness it's only been like a week. Coffee

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                    Posted: January 20, 2016, 11:44 pm - IP Logged

                    "Lottery officials seized the store's security camera footage and other materials that could contain clues about the winner's identity. California Lottery spokesman Russell Lopez said that's standard procedure when somebody wins a big prize."

                     

                    Does anyone here know if that's standard procedure in all the states, or just California?

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                      Posted: January 21, 2016, 12:23 am - IP Logged

                      Lottery officials seized the store's security camera footage and other materials that could contain clues about the winner's identity. " 

                      l could understand that move IF 300 days had passed and the lottery desperately wanted the winner to come forward ... but 7 days after the spin?  Is it not a course of wisdom to interview a number of tax attorneys, estate planners etc etc before coming forward when the winner is ready as ready gets? Is the winner supposed to have the planning done by this past weekend? Russell better come up with a better answer than this " standard procedure " line of his.

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

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                        Posted: January 21, 2016, 1:36 am - IP Logged

                        This is big bucks. Cali wants that tax $$$. The winner don't know it but their being hunted.

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                          Posted: January 21, 2016, 2:29 am - IP Logged

                          This is just another example of a reporter who's clueless and/or trying to add a bunch of hype to a meaningless story about a perfectly routine administrative process. Saying the video was "seized" is like having a lawyer tell a jury that you "slammed" into his client's car after you backed into it at 2mph while parking. An accurate description would almost certainly say that somebody from the lottery arrived and politely asked for the video, and the owner, who was expecting them and knew why they were there, happily handed it to them.

                          Is there anybody here who doesn't think that this is all spelled out clearly in the retailer's agreement that allows them to sell lottery tickets?

                          The only thing about this story that should be at all surprising is that the story has come out a week after the drawing, suggesting that there's a possibility the lottery didn't pick it up last Thursday.

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                            Posted: January 21, 2016, 3:52 am - IP Logged

                            This is big bucks. Cali wants that tax $$$. The winner don't know it but their being hunted.

                            CA does not tax lottery winnings.  There is a State tax,  but lottery winnings are exempt from taxation.

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                              Posted: January 21, 2016, 3:55 am - IP Logged

                              This is what is written in the CA lottery FAQ section...

                               

                              **** How long do players have to claim prizes?

                              Players have 180 days from the date of the POWERBALL® draw to claim prizes, other than the jackpot. The jackpot can be claimed for up to a year from the date of the POWERBALL® draw.

                               

                              Its only been 7 days, that's right. Seven days and already we reading  " surveillance footage seized ".. just what in the world is going on up there in Sacramento?  Whatever happened to abiding by your own rules?

                              I think I would take 3-5 months before contacting the lottery office.  That time would be used to shop for legal direction and give me time to adjust to this sudden wealth.