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Is it legal to resell florida lotto tickets

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Posted: December 3, 2006, 12:34 pm - IP Logged

Can anyone answer this question,  is it legal to resell lotto tickets in Florida? I have ask several people, some say yes, others say no you cannot legally resell lottery tickets,

thanks in advance!

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    Posted: December 3, 2006, 12:40 pm - IP Logged

    Can anyone answer this question,  is it legal to resell lotto tickets in Florida? I have ask several people, some say yes, others say no you cannot legally resell lottery tickets,

    thanks in advance!

    Mona

    I just read the back of my lotto ticket and it doesn't say you can't resell it.  It just says that you are responsible for the ticket, meaning for loss, etc.  Went to the website and nothing there either.  I would say that as the owner of the ticket you can do whatever you want with it.

    Good Luck!

    Stavros

     

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      Posted: December 3, 2006, 1:11 pm - IP Logged

      Can anyone answer this question,  is it legal to resell lotto tickets in Florida? I have ask several people, some say yes, others say no you cannot legally resell lottery tickets,

      thanks in advance!

      Mona

      Reselling tickets is when you go to the store, buy some tickets, and then go find people to sell them to.

      That is not legal in any state, as far as I know.

       

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        Posted: December 3, 2006, 1:12 pm - IP Logged

        I just read the back of my lotto ticket and it doesn't say you can't resell it.  It just says that you are responsible for the ticket, meaning for loss, etc.  Went to the website and nothing there either.  I would say that as the owner of the ticket you can do whatever you want with it.

        Stavros:

        I suspect you are correct.  However, as you and I have seen over the years this scenerio can have some unforseen outcomes.

        Suppose the holder of a ticket was to sell it to a friend because he was experiencing a temporary funding problem, or he lost his job and needed to buy food or any number of other set backs requiring some instant cash.  Further, lets say they he had 5 of the raffle tickets at $20 each to sell and sold them at face value for $100.  No let us complicate the issue, suppose that two of the tickets hit in January of 2007.  One hits for $10,000 and one hits for $1,000,000.  Wow, what a deal the friend got and he may have been only doing a favor for the down and out guy.  Now the down and out guy hears of his friend's good fortune and goes to the lottery commission saying they were really his tickets and his friend just loaned him money against them.  The lottery commission says, whoever has the tickets and signs them and has proff of who he is gets the dough.  Now the down and out guy sues his friend for the money, not half but all because he still contends that the sale of the tickets was really a loan and he would be more than willing to pay back the loan immediately.

        So now the lawyers have it and they play with the case for a year or two and finally decide they can not milk any more dollars out of it and convince the down and out guy and his friend to settle the case by spliting the money.  After all the legal fees are paid and the income tax is taken out by the lottery commission, each guy probably ends up with maybe $50,000 to $75,000 and once again the lawyers get to go buy new cars and take big trips, etc., etc,

        Think this is far fetched, think again.

        One final thought, one could get into some trouble if one were to sell the tickets for more than face value to someone say, who felt really lucky and had not purchased any due to missing the ticket sale deadline.  This could be considered ticket scalping and in some states it is illegal.  If one is caught and convicted the end result could be some heavy fines and some jail time.

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          Posted: December 3, 2006, 1:17 pm - IP Logged

          Floridian, I agree with everything you are saying and had thought of all that.  But, I was simply responding to the legality issue and could see no prohibition against selling the ticket.

          Good Luck!

          Stavros

           

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            Posted: December 3, 2006, 1:21 pm - IP Logged

            Floridian, I agree with everything you are saying and had thought of all that.  But, I was simply responding to the legality issue and could see no prohibition against selling the ticket.

            As usual, you are right on.  Did you see Todd's post where he suggests that re-selling is not legal? 

            It may be illegal but there is absolutely no way to police it unless someone actually reports the guilty party.  It would be an interesting question to ask one of our politicians in Florida.  They have so much spare time on their hands I am sure they would not mind.

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              Posted: December 3, 2006, 3:48 pm - IP Logged

              As usual, you are right on.  Did you see Todd's post where he suggests that re-selling is not legal? 

              It may be illegal but there is absolutely no way to police it unless someone actually reports the guilty party.  It would be an interesting question to ask one of our politicians in Florida.  They have so much spare time on their hands I am sure they would not mind.

              Floridian

              Floridian,

              I agree that in a one-on-one situation there is almost zero chance that someone is going to get into trouble selling someone their lotto ticket.  I made my point with the purpose of clarifying what "reselling lottery tickets" really means, and pointing out that even if it is a technicality, people should know the facts regarding its legality.

              The laws are meant to protect against instances where someone will puchase many tickets, usually from a different state, and then bring them into your state and sell them to people.  That situation used to happen in the past more frequently when many states did not have a lottery, and cross-border lottery ticket sales was more of a problem. 

              The rise of Internet courier services (like Betslips) have also made this situation rare, providing the ability to hire someone to purchase tickets on your behalf from a real ticket agent.

               

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