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Va. grocery store worker's lottery ticket mistake turns into $7 million grand prize

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Posted: February 1, 2016, 1:27 pm - IP Logged

Good for him!  :)

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    Posted: February 1, 2016, 3:02 pm - IP Logged

    Congratulations Michael on your big jackpot win! How exciting! Not sure if your store required mistake tickets to be purchased by you; but anyway -- by force or intelligent choice -- you'll be receiving the big monies to retire from this job!

    Having several millions of dollars in my financial accounts means receiving several valuable services each day!

    Disney

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      Posted: February 1, 2016, 4:03 pm - IP Logged

      Congratulations to Michael, but remember, even if the customer bought the ticket, doesn't mean they would have won.

      Gonna win.Big Smile

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        Posted: February 1, 2016, 4:56 pm - IP Logged

        Congratulations to Michael, but remember, even if the customer bought the ticket, doesn't mean they would have won.

         What do you mean Guru? That the numbers would have somehow changed because Michael was "destined "to win it?

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

          Guru101's avatar - rw6jhh
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          Posted: February 1, 2016, 5:10 pm - IP Logged

           What do you mean Guru? That the numbers would have somehow changed because Michael was "destined "to win it?

          It's not that Michael was destined to win it, it has to do with the butterfly effect. Had the customer bought the ticket, so much would have changed that the numbers drawn most likely would have been different. An example I use often is lets say that you write down some numbers for tomorrow's Mega Millions drawing, but decide not to play them. If all those numbers are drawn, just because you wrote them down beforehand doesn't mean you would have won had you played them. The universe would have been in a different state.

          Gonna win.Big Smile

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            Posted: February 1, 2016, 6:28 pm - IP Logged

            Be the fly on the wall..

            Michael :Sir, l accidentally punched the wrong ticket for you, totally my fault,  however l need to ask, do you want this ticket?

            Customer: Does it look like a Powerball ticket to you, does it look like l came in here  looking for pennies on my Dollar?

            Michael: No problem Sir, just had to ask. .Big Smile 

            Congratulations Michael. ....

            Yea so do you think the customer who said no REMEMBERS this?  I don't know what I would do if I found out I said NO to the winning ticket --- Eek

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              Posted: February 1, 2016, 6:53 pm - IP Logged

              Butterfly effect Universe, Malarkey!

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                Posted: February 1, 2016, 8:08 pm - IP Logged

                ALWAYS buy mistake tickets!

                You gotta be in it to win it.

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                  Posted: February 1, 2016, 8:50 pm - IP Logged

                  It's not that Michael was destined to win it, it has to do with the butterfly effect. Had the customer bought the ticket, so much would have changed that the numbers drawn most likely would have been different. An example I use often is lets say that you write down some numbers for tomorrow's Mega Millions drawing, but decide not to play them. If all those numbers are drawn, just because you wrote them down beforehand doesn't mean you would have won had you played them. The universe would have been in a different state.

                  I'm a firm believer in a butterfly effect universe myself, I just don't think this is an example of that.

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                    Posted: February 1, 2016, 9:01 pm - IP Logged

                    It's not that Michael was destined to win it, it has to do with the butterfly effect. Had the customer bought the ticket, so much would have changed that the numbers drawn most likely would have been different. An example I use often is lets say that you write down some numbers for tomorrow's Mega Millions drawing, but decide not to play them. If all those numbers are drawn, just because you wrote them down beforehand doesn't mean you would have won had you played them. The universe would have been in a different state.

                    Speaking as someone who has actually studied the mathematics of chaos theory, the question is whether, in the time before the drawing, the change caused by buying or not buying the ticket can propagate sufficiently to measurably change the trajectory of the balls or whatever the draw computer uses as a seed for its RNG.

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                      Posted: February 1, 2016, 9:16 pm - IP Logged

                      This is precisely why I always buy "mine and other peoples' mistake tickets". The store clerks love it. I do not want to be the chump who refused a blessing in disguise just because of a few chump change.

                      me too!

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                        Posted: February 1, 2016, 11:56 pm - IP Logged

                        Yea so do you think the customer who said no REMEMBERS this?  I don't know what I would do if I found out I said NO to the winning ticket --- Eek

                        Interesting question, DELotteryPlyr!  I think that these folks never recall their ticket(s) decline, and therefore never experience the pain involved had they recalled their action.  I think this becomes the best win-win situation/event for all parties involved.

                        Hippy

                        Having several millions of dollars in my financial accounts means receiving several valuable services each day!

                        Disney

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                          Posted: February 2, 2016, 12:19 am - IP Logged

                          It's not that Michael was destined to win it, it has to do with the butterfly effect. Had the customer bought the ticket, so much would have changed that the numbers drawn most likely would have been different. An example I use often is lets say that you write down some numbers for tomorrow's Mega Millions drawing, but decide not to play them. If all those numbers are drawn, just because you wrote them down beforehand doesn't mean you would have won had you played them. The universe would have been in a different state.

                          I am convinced  Guru that had the customer brought the " mistake " ticket, he would have ended up being the winner. The " Gloria Effect"- named after Ms Mackenzie from FL is worth debating. Golden Gloria asks if she can " cut in line" to purchase ticket/ tickets. She ends up being the sole jackpot winner. There are those who would claim that the woman who allowed Gloria to cut in line would have ended up being the winner. I however would disagree.

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

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                            Posted: February 2, 2016, 1:05 am - IP Logged

                            Congratulations to the winnerDance

                            Life, love, family Love

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                              Posted: February 2, 2016, 5:45 am - IP Logged

                              It's not that Michael was destined to win it, it has to do with the butterfly effect. Had the customer bought the ticket, so much would have changed that the numbers drawn most likely would have been different. An example I use often is lets say that you write down some numbers for tomorrow's Mega Millions drawing, but decide not to play them. If all those numbers are drawn, just because you wrote them down beforehand doesn't mean you would have won had you played them. The universe would have been in a different state.

                              Since the ticket was already printed it makes no difference whos hand it's in. Had the customer bought the "mistake" only the title of the story would be different. Customer wins 7 million due to lottery agents mistake.