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if you found a winning ticket that wasn't yours

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if you found a winning ticket that wasn't yours that was worth millions what would you do?

keep it for yourself [ 69 ]  [65.71%]
return it to the lottery office [ 5 ]  [4.76%]
ponder the possibilities [ 10 ]  [9.52%]
give it to the store owner [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
offer it to passerby [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
give it to charity [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
smoke a cigar [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
call a lawyer [ 9 ]  [8.57%]
get a number 3 on the dollar menu(frosty included) [ 4 ]  [3.81%]
other [ 8 ]  [7.62%]
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Posted: May 24, 2007, 9:01 am - IP Logged

if you found a winning ticket that wasn't yours that was worth millions what would you do?

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    Posted: May 24, 2007, 9:09 am - IP Logged

    finders' keepers., baby. Wink

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      Posted: May 24, 2007, 9:14 am - IP Logged

      If it wasn't signed on the back, then it's a keeper...

      On the back it does state that whoever is in possesion of the ticket is the owner.

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        china
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        Posted: May 24, 2007, 9:35 am - IP Logged

        If it wasn't signed on the back, then it's a keeper...

        On the back it does state that whoever is in possesion of the ticket is the owner.

        If it wasn't signed,I would consider it a blessing.In the past I did find a $10 mega millions ticket on the floor at the store and gave it to the store clerk at the terminal and did not even get a thank you,from then on I said never again any more tickets found will be mine.

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          Posted: May 24, 2007, 9:38 am - IP Logged

          If it wasn't signed,I would consider it a blessing.In the past I did find a $10 mega millions ticket on the floor at the store and gave it to the store clerk at the terminal and did not even get a thank you,from then on I said never again any more tickets found will be mine.

          wow. Didn't even say thank you?

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            Posted: May 24, 2007, 9:39 am - IP Logged

            Keeping it is my first option, but I also know that it would be a long time before I saw any of the cash.

            First question at lottery HQ would be where did you purchase it ?

            I found it- it is a bearer instrument.

            Ruh roh.... get ready for a lot of people coming out of the woodwork with the

            I lost it claim....

             

                                           

                          

             

             

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              Posted: May 24, 2007, 9:45 am - IP Logged

              Let's flip the question:if I lost a winning ticket, do you think I would ever see it again? Nope.

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                Posted: May 24, 2007, 10:26 am - IP Logged

                If the store has cameras where it was purchased they may be able to piece together who it really belongs to. They will know anyway where it was bought from by the retailer number on the ticket. That's a tricky question. Sounds like it could wind up a very sticky situation especially if it was a huge winner. I'd turn it into the lottery office.

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                  Posted: May 24, 2007, 10:43 am - IP Logged

                  This is a very tough question.  I guess it depends on where you desire to enjoy your riches - in this world or the next!  Seriously, most people are going to say "I'll keep it."  I want to say the same thing, but I might have trouble enjoying my money too.

                  I checked "call a lawyer" because he/she could do all the background checking on your behalf, without the Lottery Office knowing who found the ticket.  As others have written, you do need to know where the ticket was purchased.  In FL they always list where winning jackpot tickets were bought, but of course an instant ticket would be different.  I don't know how a court would rule on this matter, but I think the best thing would be to claim your legal right to the prize with good counseling.  On the other hand, if I dropped one of the tickets with the numbers I've played for over 12 years and someone turned it in, I'd be forever grateful.  So how can I be a hypocrite?  If it were worth millions as the question indicates, I think working something out where you get a percentage of the prize (half would be fair) might be best for everyone. 

                  We hear stories on the news about people who turn in money and think "he's crazy!"  Then I wonder if I had a child what I would tell her to do.  I could never tell a child to keep something that wasn't hers.  As I said at the beginning, this is a very tough call.  Legally, I think the ticket would be mine, however.

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                    Posted: May 24, 2007, 10:53 am - IP Logged

                    I think I would just keep it .. It would be a great conversation piece....

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                      Posted: May 24, 2007, 10:54 am - IP Logged

                      I can't understand why it's difficult for people to make this decision. The person who lost the ticket has no way to prove he or she bought it unless they signed it.

                      Considering all the nutcases that would come to claim it, I wouldn't feel guilty one bit. If the person is clumsy for losing it, that's their problem. Again, whoever has the ticket in their possesion, LEGALLY has the right of ownership. There wouldn't be any court hearings or any need for a lawyer, it's cut and dry. That is why they wrote that rule in the back of the ticket in the first place.

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                        Posted: May 24, 2007, 11:02 am - IP Logged
                        on the back of Maryland's lottery tickets it says
                        Important information:  This ticket is a bearer instrument. Anyone possessing a winning ticket may claim the prize. -------- 

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                          Posted: May 24, 2007, 11:25 am - IP Logged

                          if you found a winning ticket that wasn't yours that was worth millions what would you do?

                          Keep it of course! Besides, possession is nine tenths of the law!

                          Keep dreaming the impossible dream, it just may come true! Thumbs Up

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                            Posted: May 24, 2007, 11:31 am - IP Logged

                            If I found a winning ticket. I would thank God. I'd be so happy, and do a lottery happy dance all the way to the lottery corporation.

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                              Posted: May 24, 2007, 11:42 am - IP Logged

                              It's unlikely I would ever find a winning ticket because I see lottery tickets discarded all the time and I never pick them up because I assume the player that discarded them checked them before throwing them away.  If I noticed someone dropping their lottery tickets or leaving them on the counter I would let them know, I wouldn't wait until they were out of sight and claim them as my own.

                              I assume anyone finding a winner ticket would claim it for themselves, no one goes around looking for and checking discarded lottery tickets for the benefits of others.

                               * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                                 
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