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SC officials getting nervous that $1.5 billion Mega Millions winner won't claim prize

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music*'s avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
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” You find it impolite to not contact the lottery- why music?” If the winner want to take their sweet time, then why not? It’s not as though they overstayed the checkout time in a hotel, they entitled to do what they deem necessary. Do you recall back in Aug 2012, the California Lottery swooped down on a convenient store in Fremont less than 45 days after a MM winner had not showed up to claim their millions. They, the lottery, took it upon themselves to put the footage of the winner on tv with the caption “ please show up and collect your millions.” They got an earful from the public, saying that their actions endangered the winner. They have since stopped that practice. So S.C. can just wait- imho.

noise-gate, I heard that the couple who won in Fremont, CA lost it all within five years. 

 This S.C. winner's adviser could contact the lottery officials.

  Personally, I believe the ticket has been lost. That is my guess.

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    oate, Do we really need more laws to tell us what or what not to do? Whatever happened to Common Sense? A simple phone call by an adviser would settle everyone down. That would be the kind thing to do. Sun Smiley

    Common Sense? I hope you're seriously joking. Informing the lottery office that you won if anything would be the opposite of common sense. Plus that's not how things work. The only way to properly inform them that you won is to take your ticket and get it verified IN the office. Anyone could just call in and say "hey guys don't worry I have the ticket tucked away safely and I'm waiting 2 more months to claim it". So what you are saying is that it would be common sense to go down there and have the ticket verified.....leave.......then come back later when you're ready to claim. No boo boo that's again the opposite of common sense. In fact it would be plan foolish to do so. Especially if you're wanting to claim it anonymously which is your right and THE BEST THING to do for the winner(s). 

    More importantly who cares if they're getting antsy. It's not the winners job nor responsibility to claim when the lottery office wants you too. As long as you claim but the deadline printed on the back you shouldn't have to feel guilty about anything. Lastly we don't need anymore laws but that's the whole point. The law says 180 days to 1 year so if the lottery office gets mad that you came in on the last day 2 hrs before closing then oh well.

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      noise-gate, I heard that the couple who won in Fremont, CA lost it all within five years. 

       This S.C. winner's adviser could contact the lottery officials.

        Personally, I believe the ticket has been lost. That is my guess.

      The ticket is not lost. It was the ticket for the biggest lottery ever (or so it was advertised). I would think that any wise adviser would want everything to be perfect before you deal with this kind of wealth. I mean you might be going from living pay check to pay check to now worrying about a cool billion. None of us knows the burdens, planning, and stress that is involved from going into this kind of wealth overnight. I'm really hoping this is the last we hear about this other than it's been claimed by an anonymous person(s) along with the few details that the lottery office is required to put out. We already know where the ticket was bought so if the winner was smart the rest would just be some random fabricated story with no leads. For instance I remember reading that one anonymous winner quit his factory job......that's too much information (if legit) When I win my story will be something like ......I plan to retire from my career as a professional ball player and spend the next 10 years traveling the world to live the dream of my parents before they died leaving me as their sole child. Meanwhile all my 6 brother's and sister's are having a family reunion at the parent's house.

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        Sounds like someone (not the winner) is trying to count eggs before they hatch.  Smiley

        Trying to get their greedy hands on some tax money.

        The winner will claim when he/she is ready.

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          April 21st deadline hunh ? Let's seeeeeeeee....That is Easter Sunday...and roughly 88 days away. Wonder if they are strict and say by close of business on Friday(19th) or the option for Monday(a day late)......Not my horse,not my stall to clean out.

          Guess you legislators better just consider that one(if the winner comes forward at all ) for a late hurricane fund.... But at least you're slurping up the interest on all that cash for another possible 12+ weeks. I am sure you can have an alternative back-up budget plan if the winner comes forward. I have never heard of a government that doesn't know how to spend $$ if they have a sudden influx of it. Good grief, what would you do if this current PB got up that high by March, another SC resident won and didn't claim it until mid July ?

          CD, I had started a thread in the lottery discussion forum asking 

          Who gets the accruing interest on unclaimed lottery money?

          You wrote "Guess you legislators better just consider that one(if the winner comes forward at all ) for a late hurricane fund.... But at least you're slurping up the interest on all that cash for another possible 12+ weeks."

           

          Only one person replied. 

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            South Carolina shouldn't be counting that tax money yet anyhow.  If the winner is from out of state, their income tax payment will go to their home state.

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              CD, I had started a thread in the lottery discussion forum asking 

              Who gets the accruing interest on unclaimed lottery money?

              You wrote "Guess you legislators better just consider that one(if the winner comes forward at all ) for a late hurricane fund.... But at least you're slurping up the interest on all that cash for another possible 12+ weeks."

               

              Only one person replied. 

              TMM... I wasn't 100% certain on where these funds that get collected, are held for the PB and/or MM. I am just leaning towards in the state where the winning ticket was sold at this point in time. But I could be completely wrong.

              When I was researching the Lotto America rules, I came upon this document that describes funds to be held/transfered etc....

              https://www.nmlottery.com/uploads/FileLinks/82400d81a0ce468daab29ebe6db3ec27/Lotto_America_Group_Rules_November_7_2017_to_be_effective_with_drawing_on_November_15_2017.pdf

              Take a look at LA Rule#19. Then go just above it to Rule 14.1 - 14.3.... Could the set-up for L.A. collection rules mirror PB or MM ?..Possibly

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                music*'s avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
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                Common Sense? I hope you're seriously joking. Informing the lottery office that you won if anything would be the opposite of common sense. Plus that's not how things work. The only way to properly inform them that you won is to take your ticket and get it verified IN the office. Anyone could just call in and say "hey guys don't worry I have the ticket tucked away safely and I'm waiting 2 more months to claim it". So what you are saying is that it would be common sense to go down there and have the ticket verified.....leave.......then come back later when you're ready to claim. No boo boo that's again the opposite of common sense. In fact it would be plan foolish to do so. Especially if you're wanting to claim it anonymously which is your right and THE BEST THING to do for the winner(s). 

                More importantly who cares if they're getting antsy. It's not the winners job nor responsibility to claim when the lottery office wants you too. As long as you claim but the deadline printed on the back you shouldn't have to feel guilty about anything. Lastly we don't need anymore laws but that's the whole point. The law says 180 days to 1 year so if the lottery office gets mad that you came in on the last day 2 hrs before closing then oh well.

                pmpm, Here in California there is an 18 digit number on the front of the ticket that the winner or his/her adviser could use to identify themselves as the winner/s. The adviser could also use other identifying information that only the winner/s and the Lottery knows. Such as the approximate time of purchase, how crowded the store was, how many clerks were there, what else did you buy at the store, etc.

                 The ticket could have been blown out of the winner/s car window. 

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                  South Carolina shouldn't be counting that tax money yet anyhow.  If the winner is from out of state, their income tax payment will go to their home state.

                  Nope this is false my friend.

                  The state that has the winner gets the income tax BUT if your home state income tax rate is MORE than South Caroina's then you would owe the remainder to your state. For instance lets say that SC income tax is 5% (not looking up these numbers) and you live in Maryland that has a 8% income tax. You would pay SC there 5% then owe Maryland 3% because you would get a 5% tax credit towards your home state. If you live in Virginia with a 4% then you would still pay SC there 5% but owe nothing to VA.

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                    pmpm, Here in California there is an 18 digit number on the front of the ticket that the winner or his/her adviser could use to identify themselves as the winner/s. The adviser could also use other identifying information that only the winner/s and the Lottery knows. Such as the approximate time of purchase, how crowded the store was, how many clerks were there, what else did you buy at the store, etc.

                     The ticket could have been blown out of the winner/s car window. 

                    Again the only legal way of verifying a ticket is by going directly to the lottery office and running the ticket through a machine that verifies it. Of course there's serial numbers/ pictures of people buying tickets at certain times etc etc but the only way to legal say I'm the winner is to place said ticket in said machine and have the machine verify it. What you said about Cali is true for every state but what im telling you is that there's only one way that your ticket will be verified. But it looks like no matter what we say you will always stick to your guns and say that the winner isn't being "nice" because they're waiting too long in claiming the ticket.

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                      Again the only legal way of verifying a ticket is by going directly to the lottery office and running the ticket through a machine that verifies it. Of course there's serial numbers/ pictures of people buying tickets at certain times etc etc but the only way to legal say I'm the winner is to place said ticket in said machine and have the machine verify it. What you said about Cali is true for every state but what im telling you is that there's only one way that your ticket will be verified. But it looks like no matter what we say you will always stick to your guns and say that the winner isn't being "nice" because they're waiting too long in claiming the ticket.

                      All of this will be mute if the ticket is lost.

                       I am not saying that the winner/s are waiting too long to claim. I am saying they should try the phone route. The winner/s can wait until the last day which I think is a Friday.

                       Good Luck to all LP Members tonight. Power Ball time!!

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                        This may be an extremely dumb question but what would happen if the ticket owner(s) pass away unexpectedly before claiming ticket??? Hypothetically if he/she/they are in process with getting financial stuff in order with lawyers and financial advisors wouldn't the courts have to wade into the weeds on this? 

                         

                        And if that was a naive question then thwack me on the head. Chair

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                          This may be an extremely dumb question but what would happen if the ticket owner(s) pass away unexpectedly before claiming ticket??? Hypothetically if he/she/they are in process with getting financial stuff in order with lawyers and financial advisors wouldn't the courts have to wade into the weeds on this? 

                           

                          And if that was a naive question then thwack me on the head. Chair

                          If a winner dies then the funds get transferred to whoever the winner lists in their will. If there's no will, WWIII will be a massive understatement for the fighting and lawsuits that will result from all the relatives trying to get their slice

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                            This may be an extremely dumb question but what would happen if the ticket owner(s) pass away unexpectedly before claiming ticket??? Hypothetically if he/she/they are in process with getting financial stuff in order with lawyers and financial advisors wouldn't the courts have to wade into the weeds on this? 

                             

                            And if that was a naive question then thwack me on the head. Chair

                            A great question. A lot of people do not have wills or trusts. So the state law of intestate (no will) succession will apply. Most states have something like the children get some share, then spouse....or even parents, and/or siblings. It varies per state. I glanced at SC law and it says children get 1/2, spouse 1/2 but this can vary if there are no children, spouse, etc.  https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/intestate-succession-south-carolina.html

                            If the will or estate plan was in process and the winner died, I assume a probate Judge would have to allow testimony from the estate attorney.

                            His time is up.

                             

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                              If a winner dies then the funds get transferred to whoever the winner lists in their will. If there's no will, WWIII will be a massive understatement for the fighting and lawsuits that will result from all the relatives trying to get their slice

                              Wrong.

                              His time is up.

                               

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