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Was I discriminated against for playing lotto?

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justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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Posted: June 27, 2006, 7:22 pm - IP Logged

I live in NC. My state just got the lottery so yesterday was my 1st time playing. I got a scratch-off ticket at a Texaco gas station. When I went to redeem my winnings (only $5) the clerk told me I had to wait in the back of the line while she waited on the people buying gas. Is this basic protocol where you live or was I discriminated against for being a lotto player?

I Agree!

Yes, I believe this was a case of discrimination, and it has happened to me a few times when I'm waiting to purchase a ticket. That's why I avoid gas stations, although many people like to buy or redeem their tickets at them.  I've been waiting at the lottery machine at a supermarket too and they'll handle a customer complaint first, even if I've been standing in line longer. The only other explanation might be that the clerk was waiting until she got more change in the register, if she only had 10s or 20s.

    justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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    Posted: June 27, 2006, 7:33 pm - IP Logged

    Try 7-Eleven,

     

    They ignore the lottery customers in favor of the people buying slurppies and the like.  What really burns me up about them is they take the money, and they usually cannot payoff anything more than $50.

     

    Angry

    I rarely go to 7-11 now, although I can walk to one. I've had too many problems with their lottery machine and the same cards seem to work just fine in other establishments.  Regarding the payouts, once I won $5.50 (3 out of 6 in Lotto) and they expected me to buy 6 more tickets when I only wanted to buy 3.  That once happened to me at another store. The clerk said "most people don't ask for money when they win. They just buy more lottery tickets." So he wanted me to give him another 50 cents and buy 3 quickpicks.  I'm such a wimp. I did it too.

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      Try 7-Eleven,

       

      They ignore the lottery customers in favor of the people buying slurppies and the like.  What really burns me up about them is they take the money, and they usually cannot payoff anything more than $50.

       

      Angry

      I rarely go to 7-11 now, although I can walk to one. I've had too many problems with their lottery machine and the same cards seem to work just fine in other establishments.  Regarding the payouts, once I won $5.50 (3 out of 6 in Lotto) and they expected me to buy 6 more tickets when I only wanted to buy 3.  That once happened to me at another store. The clerk said "most people don't ask for money when they win. They just buy more lottery tickets." So he wanted me to give him another 50 cents and buy 3 quickpicks.  I'm such a wimp. I did it too.

      The clerk said "most people don't ask for money when they win. They just buy more lottery tickets."

      I would of said, "Good for them, please give me my money."

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        justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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        Posted: June 27, 2006, 8:09 pm - IP Logged

        I would of said, "Good for them, please give me my money." bellyache

        ...and you would have been right too. I did say I was a wimp! Maybe that's why I was fired from my customer service job yesterday (true) although I really didn't mind all the complaints and the hysterical clients.  They gave me a personal sense of normalcy.

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          Posted: June 27, 2006, 10:16 pm - IP Logged
          I would of said, "Good for them, please give me my money." bellyache

          ...and you would have been right too. I did say I was a wimp! Maybe that's why I was fired from my customer service job yesterday (true) although I really didn't mind all the complaints and the hysterical clients. They gave me a personal sense of normalcy.

          I'm sorry that you lost your job justxploring. I hope another one comes to you quickly. =)

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            Posted: June 27, 2006, 10:28 pm - IP Logged

            Retailers receive only a small percentage from the sales of a winning lottery ticket or a winning scratchoff ticket. Clerks in my area are instructed to take care of the customer that are purchasing items that the store will profit more from first.

            It kinda makes you feel, second class at first. But then when your on the other side, buying gas, and someone hands the cashier a slip with twenty numbers on it, and your running late for work, you then understand and appreciates where the cashier places her priority.

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              Posted: June 27, 2006, 10:31 pm - IP Logged

              Retailers receive only a small percentage from the sales of a winning lottery ticket or a winning scratchoff ticket. Clerks in my area are instructed to take care of the customer that are purchasing items that the store will profit more from first.

              It kinda makes you feel, second class at first. But then when your on the other side, buying gas, and someone hands the cashier a slip with twenty numbers on it, and your running late for work, you then understand and appreciates where the cashier places her priority.

              litebets

              absolutely - i don't mind waiting.

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                Posted: June 27, 2006, 11:07 pm - IP Logged

                Well,I have had clerks  say "can I get this person " do you mind if I get the line down?And it's been times when i have said  to the clerk"take them I have a few tickets to turn in. Well perception is my realitySmile ,so trust your gut feeling! But the game is new to N.C.

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                  Posted: June 27, 2006, 11:12 pm - IP Logged

                  Find a lottery agent that you like and has a lot of lottery players buying there and then only go there for your tickets. You'll enjoy the rapport with him and the other players you're standing in line with.

                  Establishments that cater to the lottery player tend to sell more winning tickets. I check out the pick-5 winners in our state and very rarely does a gas station sell the winning ticket. It's usually the mom-and-pop convenience or liquor stores.

                  Posted 4/6:  IL Pick 3 midday and evening until they hit:  555, 347 (str8).


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                    Posted: June 28, 2006, 8:38 am - IP Logged

                    i was treated rude a couple times and i finally told the person if it bothers her that much to do a couple tickets then i'll call the tennessee lottery commission to come get the machine and she made nice quick.glad i play betslips now and thank goodness its easy........

                      Litebets27's avatar - power
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                      Posted: June 28, 2006, 8:51 am - IP Logged

                      Find a lottery agent that you like and has a lot of lottery players buying there and then only go there for your tickets. You'll enjoy the rapport with him and the other players you're standing in line with.

                      Establishments that cater to the lottery player tend to sell more winning tickets. I check out the pick-5 winners in our state and very rarely does a gas station sell the winning ticket. It's usually the mom-and-pop convenience or liquor stores.

                      I Agree!  You are absolutly correct. I usually play at one store that I call "a little casino". It has 2 lottery terminals, 3 keno monitors and 4 slot machines,(for entertainment purposes only Wink).  The cashier moves everybody out of the way for a keno player.

                      It is so much nicer to play there.

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                        Posted: June 28, 2006, 10:25 am - IP Logged

                        I guess I need to be more specific:

                        I purchased the lottery ticket earlier in the day. I stopped at the convenience store to redeem my winnings hours after I had purchased the ticket. I did not scratch the ticket while at the counter. I simply entered the store with the ticket in my hand & got into line. There were two people ahead of me when I came in & two more people came in immediately after me & got in line behind me. The clerk waited until my turn & informed me they serve clients getting gas 1st. When I objected & insisted that I be served next since I was waiting in line like everyone else, she picked up her phone & threatened to call the cops on me.

                         

                         

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                          Posted: June 28, 2006, 10:40 am - IP Logged

                          Oh! Well that's DISCRIMINATION, and should not be tolerated.

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                            Posted: June 28, 2006, 10:45 am - IP Logged

                            I guess I need to be more specific:

                            I purchased the lottery ticket earlier in the day. I stopped at the convenience store to redeem my winnings hours after I had purchased the ticket. I did not scratch the ticket while at the counter. I simply entered the store with the ticket in my hand & got into line. There were two people ahead of me when I came in & two more people came in immediately after me & got in line behind me. The clerk waited until my turn & informed me they serve clients getting gas 1st. When I objected & insisted that I be served next since I was waiting in line like everyone else, she picked up her phone & threatened to call the cops on me.

                             

                             

                            Wow I really think she was out of line. Did you threaten to call the manager or anything?

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                              Posted: June 28, 2006, 10:50 am - IP Logged

                              Retailers receive only a small percentage from the sales of a winning lottery ticket or a winning scratchoff ticket. Clerks in my area are instructed to take care of the customer that are purchasing items that the store will profit more from first.

                              It kinda makes you feel, second class at first. But then when your on the other side, buying gas, and someone hands the cashier a slip with twenty numbers on it, and your running late for work, you then understand and appreciates where the cashier places her priority.

                              litebets

                              absolutely - i don't mind waiting.

                              Many convenience stores I've been in have two lines, one for gas, etc., the other for lottery.  I don't mind waiting either since my piddly lottery purchase doesn't give them a profit margin other purchases do in order for them to keep the doors open.

                              Also sometimes liquor stores which sell lottery tickets do have the $$$ to cash your tickets so try there.

                               

                              Justxploring ........  hope you win something really big and don't have to be concerned over any job other than managing your money!!! 

                              Good luck to everyone!