|Posted: December 3, 2005, 9:58 am - IP Logged|
Tell your relative to keep looking for the ticket and find it! That's the surest and simplest way to present a claim for the winnings.
Your relative should get an attorney and immediately put the lottery corporation on notice of what has happened. True, the back of the ticket offers no direct proof of what was printed on the front, but it would be rather compelling evidence if someone else tried to claim the winnings using a ticket with that serial number and your relative's signature (or the appearance that your relative's signature had been altered or marked out). That would seem to be very good proof that your relative is the rightful owner of the ticket.
I don't know how much money is at stake, but I would think the winnings from a pick six game would be worth the expense of hiring an attorney.
Of course, if the actual ticket isn't found by your relative or presented by someone else, I'd say he has no chance of claiming the winnings.