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do you ever travel to buy lottery tickets?

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justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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Posted: August 25, 2007, 6:37 pm - IP Logged

No, Todd can answer this better, but it's my understanding that Betslips never actually mails the tickets over state lines.  The law isn't that someone can't be your representative and purchase tickets for you (like calling your brother-in-law) but that you can't send money or buy tickets using the US Postal service. 

That being said, I know some states (like Massachusetts) will mail season tickets to people all over the country, just not for MM.  Maybe as long as this guy isn't scalping, it's okay?  Interesting question.

 "scalping tickets is legal in Idaho"

Really?  Do you mean re-selling or scalping?  When I think of scalping, I always think of something that is against the law.  Maybe I'm wrong, since there are companies that resell tickets for profit all the time (like for sporting events and concerts)  Often selling tickets for the same price as you paid is okay.  So it might apply also to the lottery.


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    Posted: August 25, 2007, 6:48 pm - IP Logged

    I think that what it boils down to is that if you win, you can always claim that you were driving through the state and bought some QPs. How will they ever know how you obtained the tickets? They can't prove it.

    What I don't know is whether you can claim a ticket if you're not a resident of that sate in which you bought the tickety.

      justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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      Posted: August 25, 2007, 6:52 pm - IP Logged

      Of course you can, Pac.  People from all over the world buy Florida lottery tickets.  A couple on vacation from Germany once hit the Lotto.  The only rule is that you purchase them while you are in the state, but you can always claim them no matter where you are from. 

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        Posted: August 25, 2007, 6:54 pm - IP Logged

        I think that what it boils down to is that if you win, you can always claim that you were driving through the state and bought some QPs. How will they ever know how you obtained the tickets? They can't prove it.

        What I don't know is whether you can claim a ticket if you're not a resident of that sate in which you bought the tickety.

        Pac....no need to be a resident of the state where the winning ticket was drawn.  It's done everyday, in every state.  You got the ticket, doesn't matter where you live. 

        Good Luck!

        Stavros

         

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          Posted: August 25, 2007, 6:56 pm - IP Logged

          No, Todd can answer this better, but it's my understanding that Betslips never actually mails the tickets over state lines.  The law isn't that someone can't be your representative and purchase tickets for you (like calling your brother-in-law) but that you can't send money or buy tickets using the US Postal service. 

          That being said, I know some states (like Massachusetts) will mail season tickets to people all over the country, just not for MM.  Maybe as long as this guy isn't scalping, it's okay?  Interesting question.

           "scalping tickets is legal in Idaho"

          Really?  Do you mean re-selling or scalping?  When I think of scalping, I always think of something that is against the law.  Maybe I'm wrong, since there are companies that resell tickets for profit all the time (like for sporting events and concerts)  Often selling tickets for the same price as you paid is okay.  So it might apply also to the lottery.

          The Rolling Stones played here about a year ago, and a bunch of dumbasses bought up blocks of tickets thinking they could rip off their fellow concert-goers by selling them at double the price in the parking lot before the concert.  Turns out, TRS aren't as popular as they used to be, and the concert was far from a sell-out and these dumbasses lost their azzes on the deal.  lol

          Anyway, the local news did a live remote from the concert site and you could see dozens of people in the background trying to sell their horded tickets.  The reporter called it scalping and said they had checked with law enforcement officials and found that it was perfectly legal, even if they were charging more than the face value of the ticket.

          However, I have no idea if the law applies to lottery tickets.  


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            Posted: August 25, 2007, 7:01 pm - IP Logged

            Pac....no need to be a resident of the state where the winning ticket was drawn.  It's done everyday, in every state.  You got the ticket, doesn't matter where you live. 

            So what's everyone wurreed about????

            What?

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              Posted: August 25, 2007, 7:10 pm - IP Logged

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              Good Luck!

              Stavros

               

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                Posted: August 25, 2007, 7:25 pm - IP Logged

                I like my convenience store.  When Powerball jackpot gets high he sends a runner to IN or WI and buys a bunch of tickets to sell at his store.  He sells them in $2 and $5 increments...QP's of course.

                That's the kind of service that would warrant a "tip". 

                Eek. That's illegal. Hopefully the guy does it discreetly.

                The scenario you're outlining is exactly the scenario that the ticket laws were meant to outlaw. (Remember, the Internet wasn't around at the time the laws were written.)

                The Betslips model does not carry tickets across state lines, so the law is not violated.

                 

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                  Posted: August 25, 2007, 7:49 pm - IP Logged

                  Eek. That's illegal. Hopefully the guy does it discreetly.

                  The scenario you're outlining is exactly the scenario that the ticket laws were meant to outlaw. (Remember, the Internet wasn't around at the time the laws were written.)

                  The Betslips model does not carry tickets across state lines, so the law is not violated.

                  Loopholes like the one you mentioned in the last line is why the government is taking action. They don't cross state lines, yet they pay the winners. Go figure. Must be really good lawyers.

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                    Posted: August 25, 2007, 9:41 pm - IP Logged

                    By your definition: Walking into the next room would be considered traveling. Thud

                    LOL that was great!

                    "If you just keep believing, that dream that you wish will come true"

                    Bed

                     

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                      Posted: August 27, 2007, 3:33 pm - IP Logged

                      I would have to travel over 3000 miles to get any sort of lotto tickets.

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                        Posted: August 27, 2007, 4:50 pm - IP Logged

                        I would have to travel over 3000 miles to get any sort of lotto tickets.

                        Oh, bummer!  I hadn't even thought about our poor friends in HI who are kinda out in the cold.  Any chance you'll be getting lottery anytime soon?

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                          Posted: August 27, 2007, 5:10 pm - IP Logged

                          Oh, bummer!  I hadn't even thought about our poor friends in HI who are kinda out in the cold.  Any chance you'll be getting lottery anytime soon?

                          "I hadn't even thought about our poor friends in HI who are kinda out in the cold"

                           haha...That made me chuckle

                          But in any case I usually by the MM (for 26 drawings) when I visit NYC. Other than that I have my mom by them for me.


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                            Posted: August 30, 2007, 3:23 pm - IP Logged

                            My vote is yes. I usually walk a very short distance to buy a lotto ticket and/or get the draw results.

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                              Posted: August 30, 2007, 7:07 pm - IP Logged

                              when we say 'travel' we don't mean a walk to the store.we usually mean out of state......