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Do you buy the mistakes?

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Do you buy mistake tickets?

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Posted: October 6, 2006, 10:59 pm - IP Logged

Just wondering how many people buy mistakes when something happens. I do but they always turn out to be loosers. I have heard rumors of someone winning with a mistake but haven't seen an actual name to go with it.

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    Yeah, I do....I always hope it's an omen or some kind of Divine Intervention or something - hasn't happened yet, but never say never I guess. Well, let me say it hasn't happened to me yet - read on!

     I've posted this story here before, but....when I worked in Vegas we had a meeting one time, and one of the guys was really irate because it was his day off. So, having to be in the casino, he plaued a multi-draw $1 8-spot Keno ticket for $50, that is for the next 50 games. 

    He played all the 6's, 6, 16, down to 76. He didn;t check his ticket, and the keno writer had marked all the 8's, not the 6's (this is when they were still done by hand).

    He goes into work the next day, and all the 8's had hit while his ticket was still going.

    So he wins $50,000 for a ticket marked wrong that he played when he had to come in on his day off for a meeting.

    So sometimes it's not a bad idea to play the mistakes.

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      Posted: October 7, 2006, 12:35 am - IP Logged

      We had a poll out on this 6-8 weeks ago, it was an overwhelming 'yes'.

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        Posted: October 7, 2006, 2:35 am - IP Logged

        I buy them, but they are always losers.  One time the clerk realized he made a mistake & grabbed them so quickly I didn't have a chance and later wondered if they would have been winners.  He gave me 5 Lotto intead of 5  FL MegaMoney or vice versa.  One other time I decided to spend an extra $5 and bought some QPs along with my personal numbers. The cashier ran 7 instead of 5 and she canceled the extra tickets. When I left the store I wished I had just coughed up another $2 since I thought it might have been a "sign" sort of what Coin Toss wrote in his post.


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          Posted: October 7, 2006, 1:40 pm - IP Logged

          dvidva, my vote is yes, but only about 1.5% of the time. Even if I do or don't make mistakes, I'll lose.

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            Posted: October 7, 2006, 2:50 pm - IP Logged

            Well, I tried to find the story, but haven't managed to locate it yet.

            I remember a few years ago, there was a young woman who worked at a convenience store somewhere. A guy walked in and ordered $50 worth of QP lotto tickets, so she ran them off. She said, "That'll be fifty dollars, please." The guy suddenly became abusive, telling her she was stupid, and that he only wanted $40 worth. He refused to pay for the remaining ten tickets. Her manager's (illegal) policy was to deduct the price of any unsold tickets from the paychecks of whomever was working at the time, and ten bucks was a lot of money to her (I think she had a baby to take care of, but I'm not certain). She managed to sell five or six to subsequent customers, though, so she paid for the others and tossed them onto her dashboard as she left for the night.

            A few days later she heard all the hoopla around town that her store had sold the winning jackpot ticket. I remember she said that she had forgotten about the tickets in her car but, when a winner didn't emerge, it slowly began to dawn on her that some of the tickets the rude customer had ordered and then refused to buy were still sliding around on her dashboard.

            Lo and behold, the winner was among the scant few tickets she was essentially forced to pay for. Naturally, she quit her job and, as an added bonus, her manager was immediately fired after she told her story at the press conference. How cool is that?

            A quick-pick is a quick-pick, and if you happen to see one lying on the counter, the clerk will be happy to sell it to you, since it will help to balance his till. To me, it's worth the extra dollar or two for the remote possibility that some jerk will be kicking himself this weekend and asking, "Why, oh why didn't I just give that nice clerk the extra ten bucks?" 

            I've never won a major prize with such a purchase, either, but I can't bring myself to just walk out of the store and leave that ticket behind. If I did, someone else might buy it.

            We can't have that now, can we? 

            Come, Pinky; we must prepare for tomorrow night...

            Jim

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              Posted: October 7, 2006, 3:58 pm - IP Logged

              He refused to pay for the remaining ten tickets. Her manager's (illegal) policy was to deduct the price of any unsold tickets from the paychecks of whomever was working at the time, and ten bucks was a lot of money to her (I think she had a baby to take care of, but I'm not certain). She managed to sell five or six to subsequent customers, though, so she paid for the others and tossed them onto her dashboard as she left for the night.

               

              Why won't he just let her cancel the tickets?  Here if that happens, the cashier will just cancel the ticket.  The time I got 5 incorrect tickets as mentioned above and the clerk grabbed them back, he put them through the terminal and I could see the word "CANCEL" in red letters on the slips.

              A few times I've purchased the tickets that someone else didn't buy. I've heard that some clerks run them ahead of time on a busy night, although I'm not sure that's really allowed.

              Here's one thread with an interesting story about a "mistake."

               http://www.lotterypost.com/thread/122563/476364?q=cancel

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                Posted: October 7, 2006, 7:03 pm - IP Logged

                you can't cancel powerball or lotto 5 tickets, you can cancel pick 3 and pick 4 within ten minutes of purchase, after that you are stuck, or the store is.That is how it is in Tennessee can't speak for other states, although I would assume the powerball policy would be the same in every state.

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                  Posted: October 7, 2006, 7:10 pm - IP Logged

                  Guess what? The store clerks in North Carolina said that you can't cancel ANY tickets.  Pick 3, 4, 5, 6. Period.

                   

                  But I buy them any way.  A couple of months ago.  I had a store clerk in another state to play a number for me.  I saw a number really strong.  I played it straight, I thought.   The store cleark typed it in the wrong way.  Not the way that I told her.  I kept the ticket anyway.  It fell the way she typed it in. Great tip followed!

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                    Posted: October 7, 2006, 8:37 pm - IP Logged

                    Jim695

                    Great story.

                    Re: mistakes....kismet, fate, destiny, karma all rolled into one, and then some.

                    Of course, it works the other way, too and I'm sure there are stories out there about someone having worked out the right numbers but marking the ticket wrong, or the clerk marking the ticket wrong.  

                    I think another part of all this is that the clerks who work the lottery machines are not lottery clerks, but people who work at places where lottery tickets are sold and that's just another duty they have to do.

                    I'd love to see "Lotto Stores" where you play tickets and they sell dream books and maybe even have a numerologist on site!

                    "The Lotto Lounge" - not a bad idea for some entrepeneurial sort!

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                      Posted: October 7, 2006, 8:42 pm - IP Logged

                      Jim695

                      Great story.

                      Re: mistakes....kismet, fate, destiny, karma all rolled into one, and then some.

                      Of course, it works the other way, too and I'm sure there are stories out there about someone having worked out the right numbers but marking the ticket wrong, or the clerk marking the ticket wrong.  

                      I think another part of all this is that the clerks who work the lottery machines are not lottery clerks, but people who work at places where lottery tickets are sold and that's just another duty they have to do.

                      I'd love to see "Lotto Stores" where you play tickets and they sell dream books and maybe even have a numerologist on site!

                      "The Lotto Lounge" - not a bad idea for some entrepeneurial sort!

                      Wink

                      Jim we have a couple  Lottery Stores here in SC that do just that.  Books, and lottery only.  Of course everyone thinks that he/she is a numerologist here. Smile

                       

                      I purchae the above tickets at one such establishment from a lottery store clerk!  Like you said destiny!

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                        Posted: October 7, 2006, 8:57 pm - IP Logged

                        Why won't he just let her cancel the tickets?  Here if that happens, the cashier will just cancel the ticket.  (me)

                         

                        I wrote that before reading the entire post. Duh!  Boy, that's really a fantastic story.

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                          Posted: October 7, 2006, 9:06 pm - IP Logged

                          Thanks justxploring.  That's not the first time it has happened to me. I have also been very fortunate enough not to have the wrong number punched in and my number came out. I might add also that the 50/50 section on the North Carolina game card was not working yesterday.  Everytime you marked the 50/50 box it wouldn't process the ticket.  Went to 2 stores before we figured that out.

                           

                          and they still  would not cancel the ticket. The first day was kinda crazy there. So was the first number. But that's cool.  They did give me SC's 632 on a quick pick yesterday.  Today they gave my friend SC 344 on a quick pick.  Cool huh?

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                            Posted: October 7, 2006, 9:46 pm - IP Logged

                            4 year ago some guy hit the same lotto with 2 tickets he played  the same pick card 2 times  opps

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                              Posted: October 12, 2006, 5:36 am - IP Logged

                              Normally, I do buy the mistake tickets.  Last night, I did not.  7 9 4  for Georgia Midday today (Thursday) was the "error" I did not purchase.

                              Peace.  And, Good Luck!!!