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Australian woman sues lottery after losing a seven-year-old ticket she claims is a winner

Jan 12, 2021, 5:11 pm

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InternationalInternational: Australian woman sues lottery after losing a seven-year-old ticket she claims is a winnerRating:

"I'm not a lunatic. I'm fighting to be listened to."

By Kate Northrop

An Australian woman is suing The Lott for $2 million (US$1.55 million) after she supposedly lost a winning lottery ticket for a drawing that took place seven years ago, proving just why it is so important that players hang onto and keep track of their physical tickets.

Kathy Jasmine Rado, 59, of Cairns is pulling out all the stops to try and get The Lott to pay out the $2 million prize that she is claiming she won. She is absolutely positive that the six numbers she chose on her lost ticket matched the numbers drawn on Jan., 22, 2014 for the Monday & Wednesday Lotto game, which were 3, 11, 22, 26, 42, and 44.

Following the drawing in 2014, Tabcorp, the operator of The Lott, announced that a winning ticket for the prize was sold at a DFO NewsExtra store in Cairns, the store where Rado purchased her ticket. However, The Lott rejected her claim when she called one week later to inform them that she won.

The Lott remained steadfast — no ticket, no prize. The Australian Government's Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation even took notice of the woman's plight but were unable to confirm her claim in the end.

She insists that her numbers matched in the drawing that night since she always chooses numbers based on specific family birthdays and her parents' wedding anniversary.

"I am not a lunatic. I'm fighting to be listened to," she told The Courier-Mail.

The Lott did attempt to help Rado prove that she bought the winning ticket in question and gave the mother and her two sons three tries each to guess the time and date the ticket was purchased, as well as the type of ticket, but none of them could recall the information.

"This company [The Lott] ha[s] gone out of their way to give me a hard time," she said in court documents.

She was, however, able to get the store's confirmation that she had visited on Jan., 22, 2014, but she was not able to obtain security video footage from management that could have possibly shown her purchasing a ticket in the store at a specific time.

At the time of purchase, she also said that she chose to pay with cash over using a "players card," citing discomfort with giving away personal information online. Had she associated her purchase with a Lottery membership, The Lott would have been able to contact her directly to notify her of the win.

Rado, who admitted to being a "hoarder," has made every effort to track down the lost ticket and prove to The Lott that she won, going so far as to hire a psychic to help her locate it. She has also left notes on cars in the parking lot in front of the DFO NewsExtra store to encourage other customers who might have seen her buy the ticket to come forward and provide eyewitness proof.

According to court documents, Rado also scoured her home and used a special light to make out fading numbers on old lottery tickets.

Taking The Lott to court is likely the player's last ditch effort to claim the $2 million prize. She is hoping for one of two outcomes – the first is that she manages to locate the winning ticket within the ten-year timeframe that players have to claim her prize. The other scenario she's expecting is that the court case will leave The Lott no choice but to divulge the specifics of the winning ticket so she can "match" them to her own memory.

The next hearing is scheduled for Feb. 3. Should she successfully take home the coveted prize after all these years, she plans on using it to help friends and family and donating to charity.

To this day, Rado continues to play the lottery using the same numbers. Regardless of whether she actually had the winning ticket in her possession, one thing is absolutely clear — hang onto your tickets!

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Simpsonville
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No ticket no money.    Kind of hoping that she finds it and TEN years to claim.    If the world were mine that would be cut down to one year.

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    No ticket no money.    Kind of hoping that she finds it and TEN years to claim.    If the world were mine that would be cut down to one year.

    Jeff, remember that woman a couple of years ago that was playing the penny machine at a casino and the Bells went off saying she won a couple Million dollars? She wanted the casino to pay out, but they offered her a Steak Dinner, said the machine malfunctioned. The lotteries are not stupid, if they opened this door, there would be a floodgate of unsubstantiated claims of " l know l won $15 million etc etc years later."

    Isn't that like breaking up with someone, they go through two marriages & when you see them years later- they blame you for breaking up with them, cause this would never have happened if you stuck around. Happened to a friend of mine, he told me while rolling his eyes. Said " l saw the bull that's why l left, those suckers saw it later."Disapprove

     * 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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      Seven years late and  doesn't have the ticket? Just forget it. The case should be thrown ut.

        Cassie8620's avatar - oGH0ok
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        Seven years late and  doesn't have the ticket? Just forget it. The case should be thrown ut.

        Yes NodYep. I am all for thosefighting for whatis right, in our lifetime, those prior, but she has to have some points of evidence, to support her claim.She is going to falter on this premised on zero evidence.

        g-night all.

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          Doesn't matter how sure you are sugar butt the ticket is 7 years old. I don't know about that state but in NYC winning tickets are valid for one year. With that being said i know in that state 7 years is invalid. And she's trying to tell people don't lose track of your tickets so this won't happen to them.. Well duh we all that play should know that.. If they pay her anything its definitely a double standard.

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            "I don't know about that state but in NYC winning tickets are valid for one year. With that being said i know in that state 7 years is invalid."

            Well, Australia hasn't been a state for as long as NYC, and they haven't fully adapted to the usual US norms yet. Maybe down the road they'll get on board and cut that time limit back a bit.

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              Unfortunate cautionary tale. Hoarders should always take pictures of their tickets.

              ... Sooper dooper top seekrit winning numbers: 5 16 17 24 33 52 ...

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                Seven years late and  doesn't have the ticket? Just forget it. The case should be thrown ut.

                Just re-read the article again TWICE and SMDH.   Putting notes on stranger's windshields asking them if they saw her buy lottery tickets?   

                The Lott, one would think, would cut down that ridiculous long time---10 years---to claim your prize to something more reasonable like a year.   Bookkeeping would be much easier.

                No ticket no pay, simple as that.

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                  Yes NodYep. I am all for thosefighting for whatis right, in our lifetime, those prior, but she has to have some points of evidence, to support her claim.She is going to falter on this premised on zero evidence.

                  g-night all.

                  I agree with you on this as well! On a side note, 22k in winnings during 2020? Wow, that is pretty nice! Congratulations.Party

                    Unluckyone's avatar - lib

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                    Just re-read the article again TWICE and SMDH.   Putting notes on stranger's windshields asking them if they saw her buy lottery tickets?   

                    The Lott, one would think, would cut down that ridiculous long time---10 years---to claim your prize to something more reasonable like a year.   Bookkeeping would be much easier.

                    No ticket no pay, simple as that.

                    She and her sons were even given three attempts each in guessing the approximate time and what manner it was purchased(solo or multiple picks and how many). They could not even guest their way!

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                      "I don't know about that state but in NYC winning tickets are valid for one year. With that being said i know in that state 7 years is invalid."

                      Well, Australia hasn't been a state for as long as NYC, and they haven't fully adapted to the usual US norms yet. Maybe down the road they'll get on board and cut that time limit back a bit.

                      The US could adapt to Australian norms, here's' one;

                      Lottery Winning Taxes for Australia The winner takes it all in Australia. Lottery winnings and other forms of gambling are  not taxed at all. The only people that pay income taxes are those who punt every day and are considered professional gamblers.

                      Another is the NP option on the play slops, No Publicity. Even though there are more anonymous states now it's still a good idea. 

                      Since when is NYC a state?

                      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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                        A dingo ate her ticket.

                          Unluckyone's avatar - lib

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                          A dingo ate her ticket.

                          I think a Joey stole it and hid it in her mom's pouch. 🦘

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                            "Since when is NYC a state?"

                            You're asking the wrong poster.