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

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Posted: January 23, 2019, 10:19 pm - IP Logged

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!!

There.Is.No.Phone.Route

There is only ONE way to verify a winning ticket. I keep telling you this and you've overlooked this detail like 4 times now. 

Let's backtrack here.....

What you are wanting is for the winner to call the lottery office (to verify said ticket) so people can stop worrying about the ticket but in hindsight the only way to verify the ticket is to have it read through the machine in the lottery office. Not a copy of the ticket......not a picture...the actual physical ticket. Ive never heard a case nor would it be smart to do this before you're ready to claim the ticket just so people (whom the winner could probably care less about) won't worry about the ticket not being claimed. Again you can't just call and give them to verify it. You have to take the ticket into the office to have it verified. Im repeating this because you seem to not understand this very important detail in your response each time. The lottery office has already made their money from people buying the tickets anyways so I mean who cares.....the state receives the money after it's claimed but this article wasn't written through the eyes of the state government it was from the state lottery office (they're not the same thing). Even if the winner just decided not to claim it won't effect the state lottery besides maybe people thinking it's rigged. Granted once again people can claim anonymously so more than likely anyone reading about the winner in the future won't see any details regardless. Just to say it thrice you cannot verify your winning ticket by phone/email/ pigeon mail/s.o.s/ etc only by taking the ticket to the office. Special note......you can depending on your state mail the ticket in but even if you could I doubt many jackpot winners especially at this amount would go that route......especially with the government shutdown.

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    l have no idea why they are nervous? The rules at the back of every MM & PB ticket out here States “ Winner has up to a year to claim.” If the winner is in no hurry, what’s their problem? Balance your books without factoring in what you assume should be.

    I bet if they knew the phone # of the winner, they would be harassing the individual to please come forward “ we need that cash for the schools & new prison doors to keep those criminals off the streets & away from YOU.”

    I Agree!

    Sooo very true!

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      I said it before, but I'll say it again, subscriptions are the way to go. If you win small prizes, they are automatically credited to your account. If you win large prizes, the Lottery will contact you. You can't liolo your ticket, or it cannot be stolen. All lotteries should offer such a service.

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        I said it before, but I'll say it again, subscriptions are the way to go. If you win small prizes, they are automatically credited to your account. If you win large prizes, the Lottery will contact you. You can't liolo your ticket, or it cannot be stolen. All lotteries should offer such a service.

        My problem with subs is just that I prefer to play a number once only usually just random quick picks. Here in VA the subs are for (4) draws at a minimum.

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          There.Is.No.Phone.Route

          There is only ONE way to verify a winning ticket. I keep telling you this and you've overlooked this detail like 4 times now. 

          Let's backtrack here.....

          What you are wanting is for the winner to call the lottery office (to verify said ticket) so people can stop worrying about the ticket but in hindsight the only way to verify the ticket is to have it read through the machine in the lottery office. Not a copy of the ticket......not a picture...the actual physical ticket. Ive never heard a case nor would it be smart to do this before you're ready to claim the ticket just so people (whom the winner could probably care less about) won't worry about the ticket not being claimed. Again you can't just call and give them to verify it. You have to take the ticket into the office to have it verified. Im repeating this because you seem to not understand this very important detail in your response each time. The lottery office has already made their money from people buying the tickets anyways so I mean who cares.....the state receives the money after it's claimed but this article wasn't written through the eyes of the state government it was from the state lottery office (they're not the same thing). Even if the winner just decided not to claim it won't effect the state lottery besides maybe people thinking it's rigged. Granted once again people can claim anonymously so more than likely anyone reading about the winner in the future won't see any details regardless. Just to say it thrice you cannot verify your winning ticket by phone/email/ pigeon mail/s.o.s/ etc only by taking the ticket to the office. Special note......you can depending on your state mail the ticket in but even if you could I doubt many jackpot winners especially at this amount would go that route......especially with the government shutdown.

          paymentplan-man, I understand the verification process here in California. I do not want the winner/s, financial adviser to try to verify the ticket over the phone. I think that the financial adviser can call the Lottery Office and follow the procedures to identify the ticket as the winner.  It will not be verified. The Lottery Office will decide if the call is a hoax or not. The Lottery Office will also decide if they will alert the public. I have no idea what the Lottery Office's procedures are. 

           Verification is the physically delivering the winning ticket to the Lottery Office and then it will be sent through an hour's long inspection. SLED the Security and Law Enforcement Department will also verify the ticket. 

           The winner/s must go through a short security interview as well. Here in CA, it is for jackpots that are $350,000.00 or higher.

           I hope that the winner goes public!

           "We are all in this together!" 

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            Posted: January 24, 2019, 11:58 am - IP Logged

            Somehow I don't feel bad for the SCL.  Really?  Cry much?  Whether someone comes forward to claim their riches has nothing to do with your "fiscal budget".

            If I win this sucker...The St. Louis Blues will have a new co-owner knocking on their door !!!  Hyper

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              I heard 20 people won this , it was a group.  It doesn't make sense to take this long 

              to announce it , must be a bigger reason , why it's taking this  long !!!!! 

              It could take up to a year , just to get everything taken care  financially . 

              Ready To Win ....

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                I heard 20 people won this , it was a group.  It doesn't make sense to take this long 

                to announce it , must be a bigger reason , why it's taking this  long !!!!! 

                It could take up to a year , just to get everything taken care  financially . 

                They don't have a year.....only up until April 21, 2019

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                  music, 

                  You posted this in the thread about Virginia allowing winners to be anonymous;

                  The young man from Georgia was Craigory Burch Jr. a 20-year-old Fantasy 5 winner. He won $434,272.00 on 11/30/2015.  Seven of the murderers have been caught.Bandit

                    Some say that he should have been more discreet about gifting charities. 

                   I believe that anonymity would have saved his life.  Lessons for all of us to learn.

                  Yet in this thread you say this;

                   I hope that the winner goes public!

                  Bang Head

                  So somehow in your mind, 

                  The young man from Georgia was Craigory Burch Jr. a 20-year-old Fantasy 5 winner. He won $434,272.00 on 11/30/2015.  Seven of the murderers have been caught.Bandit

                  A winner of $434,272 should have been allowed to claim anonymously bur you want a winner of $1.5 Billion to go public.

                  Does not compute.

                  Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any. So many systems, so many theories, so few jackpot winners. 

                  Lep

                  There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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                    music, 

                    You posted this in the thread about Virginia allowing winners to be anonymous;

                    The young man from Georgia was Craigory Burch Jr. a 20-year-old Fantasy 5 winner. He won $434,272.00 on 11/30/2015.  Seven of the murderers have been caught.Bandit

                      Some say that he should have been more discreet about gifting charities. 

                     I believe that anonymity would have saved his life.  Lessons for all of us to learn.

                    Yet in this thread you say this;

                     I hope that the winner goes public!

                    Bang Head

                    So somehow in your mind, 

                    The young man from Georgia was Craigory Burch Jr. a 20-year-old Fantasy 5 winner. He won $434,272.00 on 11/30/2015.  Seven of the murderers have been caught.Bandit

                    A winner of $434,272 should have been allowed to claim anonymously bur you want a winner of $1.5 Billion to go public.

                    Does not compute.

                    Coin Toss, Each winner is different. I do not restrict anyone from doing one thing or the other.

                     Some will welcome publicity and others not. Craigory Burch Jr. did not have a choice.

                    Ponder

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                      If this massive prize does go unclaimed (not surprising given how many people buy tickets and then lose them or throw them in the trash), returning the money to the state governments makes this game even MORE of a bad deal for players.

                      The state already gets a huge cut of the wager... about 50%. Keeping all the unclaimed prizes is basically double-dipping.

                      A more fair way to run a lottery is to put unclaimed prizes back into the jackpot. You wouldn't want to do this all at once, instead add $50 million of the $1.5 billion to the jackpot for each drawing (in addition to the amount it goes up anyway based on sales if no winners) until all $1.5 billion is given away. That's 30 drawings with an extra $50 million added (so $90 million minimum jackpot rather than 40), which would take 4 months.

                      The result would be more players willing to play for the bigger jackpots, some of whom will continue to play after the 4 months is up, and since the state gets half the wager anyway, the states get more in total. But that requires some logic, and since they're stupid and greedy, I fully expect them to stick to the rules and just keep the $1.5 billion for themselves. That would make sense (for the states) if MM is a game to be terminated right now, but if they are going to continue to sell tickets, well then screw them.

                      I have already stated on this forum that MM/PB is a terrible game to play, and no one should ever play it, and if the $1.5 billion jackpot is not claimed and the states keep it, then just add that to the list of reasons NOT to play this awful game.

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                        "There is only ONE way to verify a winning ticket."

                        There's only one way to validate a winning ticket. The lottery can verify a winner over the phone with near certainty based on the information printed on the ticket.  The lottery has that information for every single ticket, and anyone in possession of a ticket has that information for the ticket in their hand. It's also possible to copy the barcode and send the copy to the lottery. Even if part of the character string that identifies the ticket could be guessed based on public information it would still be perhaps a 1 in a million chance at best to have the correct information without having access to the ticket.

                        It's also an absolute certainty that people have already called the SC lottery and claimed they have the winning ticket. There's a chance that a paranoid winner wouldn't give them enough correct information to be certain, but the vast majority of claims would be easily ruled out based on the incorrect information offered. Whether the winner has called and been verified doesn't mean much, and it's very unlikely that the lottery would reveal that. The winner could still lose the ticket or fail to claim on time, so the state still can't be positive they'll collect the income tax (again, for those of you who haven't figured it out, the story is about the state's budgeting process and has nothing to do with the lottery department). The only thing that verification would do is let the lottery know that the winner is aware and is planning on claiming by the deadline. There's only one thing that would do that I can think of, and that's keep the lottery from publicizing video showing the winner because they're worried that the winner may not know. Everything else has to wait until the ticket is presented and validated.

                        "If SC wanted a courtesy call three months in, they should have written the law to address that."

                        It might make sense for the lottery to suggest that people notify them if they're going to wait more than a couple of months, but there's no way it can be anything other than voluntary. If there was an actual requirement to call any penalty for not calling means that the claim period has been effectively shortened.

                         

                        "what would happen if the ticket owner(s) pass away unexpectedly before claiming ticket?"

                        Like any other property, the inheritance is pretty straightforward (the ticket would almost certainly have to be claimed as part of the estate, and estate taxes paid), but other things could get interesting. If nobody else knew you've won the ticket might not be found in time, and even if others knew it would be very useful to know where the ticket is. In this case I'm sure everybody who had a relative die within 50 miles of Simpsonville SC has at least thought about ransacking their house.

                        I can only see two realistic possibilities for the ticket being lost and going unclaimed, and both involve dead winners. One would be a local winner that hadn't told  anyone yet. When somebody dies the bank is supposed to seal their safety deposit box, so there's a chance that even their executor wouldn't find a ticket inside until too late. The other possibility is that somebody from well outside the area bought the ticket and died before telling anybody they'd won. In that case maybe nobody would have any reason to go looking for the ticket.

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                          My problem with subs is just that I prefer to play a number once only usually just random quick picks. Here in VA the subs are for (4) draws at a minimum.

                          I know. I hate that process. Maybe the VA lottery can change that process. I do not like playing the same numbers for more than 1 draw and rarely 2 draws.

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                            music, 

                            You posted this in the thread about Virginia allowing winners to be anonymous;

                            The young man from Georgia was Craigory Burch Jr. a 20-year-old Fantasy 5 winner. He won $434,272.00 on 11/30/2015.  Seven of the murderers have been caught.Bandit

                              Some say that he should have been more discreet about gifting charities. 

                             I believe that anonymity would have saved his life.  Lessons for all of us to learn.

                            Yet in this thread you say this;

                             I hope that the winner goes public!

                            Bang Head

                            So somehow in your mind, 

                            The young man from Georgia was Craigory Burch Jr. a 20-year-old Fantasy 5 winner. He won $434,272.00 on 11/30/2015.  Seven of the murderers have been caught.Bandit

                            A winner of $434,272 should have been allowed to claim anonymously bur you want a winner of $1.5 Billion to go public.

                            Does not compute.

                            Any jackpot winner should have two Simplisafe alarm systems operating independently in their home with panic buttons, and keep a panic fob in their pocket. Along with Ring at the front, and back doors.

                            All number sets are contenders until the drawing occurs.

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                              I realize a previous poster went the dramatic and rather macabre way of the winner being dead. Why can't it be like most hiccups in life...the person bought a slew of them from a self serve machine and the ticket simply got jammed and no one was the wiser. In the mist of it being jammed it was torn so ergo- defective for claim. Thus why NO one has come forward...because NO one can claim it. 

                              Sorry but I cannot subscribe to the go seen an accountant and blah blah blah. You Get it verified and then til it even gets the check cut to you...you can be working with your tax adviser and financial team...

                              I reside in the same town as a Pb winner of over 200 million. No death threats ever or any stalking. She claimed it...and preceded with her life. I realize this is contrary to  the whackadoodles who think every claimant of large sums is going to get whacked. 

                              If it goes unclaimed I say we give it sporadically to the furloughed govt employees...thats a nice way to give back to the community :)

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