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Speculation begins about NJ winner of Mega Millions lottery

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Do you mean Shakespeare in Florida? 

 There is also another case in Southern California. The daughter was photographed buying a bottle of water and one ticket for her mother. When the Mother saw her daughter on the screen she thought that her daughter had robbed a bank.

Dance

Yes, music* Shakespeare.  All I could think about him being buried under the concrete and Dee Dee, a wonderful person, driving over his grave.  Too bad eye for an eye justice can't happen in this country...

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    There is a saying " The road to hell is paved with good intentions" l fear Ameer is stepping on it.This looking at footage to identify the winner is all wrong. The winner has 365 days to come forward and claim their prize.If Ameer is one who is known as " loose lips" he could expose the winner & put him or her at risk.lf you reading this Ameer, just remember you going to get your prize- l would suggest that you just back way off, for your own good.

    Noise-Gate, you have made a good point. And,, if he exposed the winner this may be a crime much less a threat to the winner.

    Money is a terrible master, but a great servant...Smile

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      There are one of two things that are possibly happening.

      The winner is unaware they have won and therefore they have not come forward.  (Very unlikely, but possible)

      The winner does know they've won, and is taking the actions any astute player who has won millions of dollars would take.  Hopefully this is case. 

      As for the store owner viewing the videotape and claiming he knows who the winner is, that's a definite maybe. It's impossible for him to be absolutely certain the person he suspects to be the winner is in fact the real winner.  He wont know if his suspicions are correct or not until the actual winner comes forward.

      Surveillance videos!  Love them or hate them, they're here to stay.  Your daily life is no where near as private as you might like it to be.  Have you ever wondered how many times per day your picture is taken? It's a lot more than you think. Not to mention many people are happy to voluntarily provide lots of personal information about themselves to Facebook.  And lots of application developers are more than happy to buy that same data from Facebook.  The next time you see a login screen that allows you to "Login in via Facebook" you'll know your data has been sold to at least one app developer.  Facebook sold them your FB login ID and password along with all sorts of other personal info you volunteered. G5

      You're absolutely right

      I love pecans and making sales with commissions.   

      My amazon store is just like the lottery.

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        You're absolutely right

        Wander, you made some great points. Re: Facebook, you give your life away there. I got off that years ago.

        Money is a terrible master, but a great servant...Smile

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          I've been a bit confused reading through everyone's comments. I mean what are we talking about here. I see people talking about security cameras but the original posting only said that the NJ lottery commission hasn't asked for the footage which I doubt they will unless no one calls or makes an attempt to claim this prize as the window reaches it's end. Although going by what the store owner said the "regular" is more than likely to be someone who plays often which means they check to see if they are winning and not just playing "when the prize gets larger" 

           I would really like to move past this post though because I'm the type of lotto player that doesn't really care about who wins. Not in a mean way like"screw that person" but more like a "it wasn't something I was apart of so the rest doesn't matter" lol

          I dont need to know there name,age, place of residence, seeing as im not some scam artist dude that additional information holds no value to me. In fact I can go so far as to say that I don't even care what the person does with the money because knowing that information doesn't change my plans for a win.

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            Wander, you made some great points. Re: Facebook, you give your life away there. I got off that years ago.

            I deactivated that site almost 3 yrs ago.  Unlike some members

            I love pecans and making sales with commissions.   

            My amazon store is just like the lottery.

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              I've been a bit confused reading through everyone's comments. I mean what are we talking about here. I see people talking about security cameras but the original posting only said that the NJ lottery commission hasn't asked for the footage which I doubt they will unless no one calls or makes an attempt to claim this prize as the window reaches it's end. Although going by what the store owner said the "regular" is more than likely to be someone who plays often which means they check to see if they are winning and not just playing "when the prize gets larger" 

               I would really like to move past this post though because I'm the type of lotto player that doesn't really care about who wins. Not in a mean way like"screw that person" but more like a "it wasn't something I was apart of so the rest doesn't matter" lol

              I dont need to know there name,age, place of residence, seeing as im not some scam artist dude that additional information holds no value to me. In fact I can go so far as to say that I don't even care what the person does with the money because knowing that information doesn't change my plans for a win.

              “ l mean what are we talking about here?”- The jackpot winner, what else?Smile

              ” I would really like to move past this post”- then why did you stop, if it irritates you?Big Smile

               * Voice of Reason *   

               

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

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                “ l mean what are we talking about here?”- The jackpot winner, what else?Smile

                ” I would really like to move past this post”- then why did you stop, if it irritates you?Big Smile

                 Bye Felicia Bash

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                   Bye Felicia Bash

                  You upset, but your own words betrayed you. 

                  Peace.

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

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                    You upset, but your own words betrayed you. 

                    Peace.

                    Haha upset far from it......why would I be upset. You asked why did I stop to comment so I left. Why do you feel my words betrayed me?

                     

                    Bye FeliciaBash

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                      Haha upset far from it......why would I be upset. You asked why did I stop to comment so I left. Why do you feel my words betrayed me?

                       

                      Bye FeliciaBash

                      You obviously need to first have a sense of humor in order to end up by posting “ bye bye..”

                      Your post started with “ lm confused” l merely piggy backed onto that line. No harm, no foul. I don’t think I was insulting but hey..

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                        You obviously need to first have a sense of humor in order to end up by posting “ bye bye..”

                        Your post started with “ lm confused” l merely piggy backed onto that line. No harm, no foul. I don’t think I was insulting but hey..

                        Im once again confused but this time Im wondering why you think I am mad or feel that you insulted me. If I felt that way I would simply stop posting and move on. To clarify I am neither mad nor do I feel any distinct negative feeling towards you. The only reason I commented on the post was because to me the comments were all over the place. 

                         To add to this (super off topic) I still have a few more draws in my subscription for the MegaMs for the next 2-3 draws Bash

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                          I Agree!

                          Even if the video footage shows a person that purchased the winning ticket,they could have been getting the ticket for a friend, neighbor or relative out of convenience.

                          I truly wish the person(s) that won much happiness and a smooth transaction when making the big claim.  Thumbs Up

                          "they could have been getting the ticket for a friend..."

                          Exactly.  I cant count the number of times my brother has said to me "Hey! If you're stopping on your way home to buy some lottery tickets, here's five bucks, get me some quick picks, will ya?" 

                          Just because somebody bought a ticket does NOT guarantee they bought it for themselves. 

                          The gas station owner has absolutely no idea if the guy who he thinks bought the winning ticket bought it for themselves or if they bought it for someone else.  In short, the gas station owner can not even be sure who bought the ticket, and even if he guessed correctly as to who bought it, how can the owner possibly know exactly who the person he assumes is the "winner" bought the ticket for? Not only that how would the owner know if the guy he suspects to be the winner didn't buy it as part of an office pool?  G5

                          Players who've won large lottery jackpots have something in common. Many of them say "I've played the lottery for years, but I never won anything but small prizes."   That's normal or typical, but it's also why you should not get discouraged and stop playing.  Who knows?  Maybe someday you'll say "I've played the lottery for years...."

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                            "I agree, if a business can't respect their customer's privacy, they will, and should, loose business."

                            I certainly don't disagree, but if you've got the first clue about human nature you have to assume that any time a retailer knows they sold a ticket for a major prize there's a very good chance that they're going to look at any video they have. It's probably much less likely at a large store, such as a grocery store, and stores that are part of a chain. I know that some of the chain stores in my area donate lottery bonuses to causes in the general area where the ticket was sold, which is another reason to buy at those stores, IMHO.

                            Of course for the owner to have a reasonable idea who the winner is the lottery would have to tell the retailer when the ticket was sold. Telling the public that a winning ticket was sold on "Thursday morning" or "Friday afternoon" is reasonable, but I can't see any logical reason why they would tell a retailer when the ticket was sold  with enough precision for the retailer to actually know which sales was the winning ticket.

                            "the NJ lottery commission hasn't asked for the footage which I doubt they will unless no one calls or makes an attempt to claim this prize"

                            Waiting several months to get the video would be an incredibly bad idea, because it may not exist then. There's a chance the store would keep the video since they know they sold a winner, but normally video gets saved for a period of time and then gets overwritten by new video. Of course if you pay attention to what the article says, the lottery just hadn't taken possession as of whatever unknown time the lottery representative said he didn't have the video. Getting any video and reviewing it is a standard part of the security and validation process.

                            "the "regular" is more than likely to be someone who plays often"

                            Why would you think that? This jackpot didn't generate huge sales, but it did sell about 5 to 6 times as many tickets as were sold for all of the jackpots before it reached $204 million. The winner may be a regular customer, but if the retailer sold 5 or 6 times as many tickets as usual perhaps 2/3 of those tickets were sold to people who don't buy tickets on a regular basis.

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                              "I agree, if a business can't respect their customer's privacy, they will, and should, loose business."

                              I certainly don't disagree, but if you've got the first clue about human nature you have to assume that any time a retailer knows they sold a ticket for a major prize there's a very good chance that they're going to look at any video they have. It's probably much less likely at a large store, such as a grocery store, and stores that are part of a chain. I know that some of the chain stores in my area donate lottery bonuses to causes in the general area where the ticket was sold, which is another reason to buy at those stores, IMHO.

                              Of course for the owner to have a reasonable idea who the winner is the lottery would have to tell the retailer when the ticket was sold. Telling the public that a winning ticket was sold on "Thursday morning" or "Friday afternoon" is reasonable, but I can't see any logical reason why they would tell a retailer when the ticket was sold  with enough precision for the retailer to actually know which sales was the winning ticket.

                              "the NJ lottery commission hasn't asked for the footage which I doubt they will unless no one calls or makes an attempt to claim this prize"

                              Waiting several months to get the video would be an incredibly bad idea, because it may not exist then. There's a chance the store would keep the video since they know they sold a winner, but normally video gets saved for a period of time and then gets overwritten by new video. Of course if you pay attention to what the article says, the lottery just hadn't taken possession as of whatever unknown time the lottery representative said he didn't have the video. Getting any video and reviewing it is a standard part of the security and validation process.

                              "the "regular" is more than likely to be someone who plays often"

                              Why would you think that? This jackpot didn't generate huge sales, but it did sell about 5 to 6 times as many tickets as were sold for all of the jackpots before it reached $204 million. The winner may be a regular customer, but if the retailer sold 5 or 6 times as many tickets as usual perhaps 2/3 of those tickets were sold to people who don't buy tickets on a regular basis.

                              "but if the retailer sold 5 or 6 times as many tickets as usual perhaps 2/3 of those tickets were sold to people who don't buy tickets on a regular basis."

                              It's also true that many players who buy tickets on a regular basis buy more tickets than they usually do because the jackpot has grown unusually large. Although I've no way of knowing if that's the case or not, that also could be true in this particular instance.

                              Yesterday I learned that I'm somewhat familiar with the town where the winning ticket was purchased. It's in northern New Jersey, and I've driven down the interstate highway that goes through the town of Riverdale many times.  Riverdale is in a very nice part of Jersey - very suburban.  I also saw the gas station owner interviewed by a local New York City TV station news reporter.  The owner presented himself very well, he was well spoken, professionally dressed and looked to me like he had his act together. Given the kind of town/area his business is located in, I wasn't surprised.  I've heard people say that part of New Jersey is "upscale".  It's just a scientific wild guess on my part, but based upon me knowing what the overall Riverdale area is like, I'm thinking the winner hasn't come forward because they live in or near Riverdale, they know what they're doing and are quietly assembling a team of professionals to help them with their fantastic windfall.  G5

                              Players who've won large lottery jackpots have something in common. Many of them say "I've played the lottery for years, but I never won anything but small prizes."   That's normal or typical, but it's also why you should not get discouraged and stop playing.  Who knows?  Maybe someday you'll say "I've played the lottery for years...."