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Monkey Butt, USA
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Posted: March 3, 2009, 10:49 am - IP Logged

You find a batch of lottery tickets on the side of the road/street, in the garbage, in the parking lot, etc., as far as you know they have not been reported lost or stolen. Do you keep, scratch, and cash them in?  Is that considered theft? If so, why? If not, why?

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    Posted: March 3, 2009, 12:17 pm - IP Logged

    I would return it, or call it in and report the find, don't want to get mixed with the reason why they were lost/stolen.

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      Posted: March 3, 2009, 12:26 pm - IP Logged

      You should know since you didn't pay for them and they weren't  given to you by someone who did, they don't belong to you. Thinking other wise make you a thief.

       * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
         
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        Posted: March 3, 2009, 12:46 pm - IP Logged

        I would return them to the lottery office or the Police dept.

        You know that LOTTERY KARMA WILL COME BACK AND  BITE THAT A@@.

        I beleive in doing the right things cause it will come back around,And you knows it could have been a little old lady on a walk with her pup to the Lottery store to cash them in. who knows.

        People Do the RIGHT things in life.

        Be Honest and fair.

        Congrats to the guy/gal who returned them.hes/shes the real winner.

        I Agree!*** You Can't Win, If You Don't Enter***

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          Posted: March 3, 2009, 1:28 pm - IP Logged

          I'm not sure why some people consider finding some scratch-off tickets in the garbage theft? I suppose if it is a whole bunch of them and they haven't been scratched then I would probably contact the lottery offices to see what the deal is, but when did finding things in the garbage start making people thieves?

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            Posted: March 3, 2009, 1:52 pm - IP Logged

            I'm not sure why some people consider finding some scratch-off tickets in the garbage theft? I suppose if it is a whole bunch of them and they haven't been scratched then I would probably contact the lottery offices to see what the deal is, but when did finding things in the garbage start making people thieves?

            Why would anyone be digging through someone elses garbage in the first place?

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              Posted: March 3, 2009, 2:12 pm - IP Logged

              Why would anyone be digging through someone elses garbage in the first place?

              That's what thieves do.  Sometimes they even do the same in people homes.

               * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                 
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                Posted: March 3, 2009, 2:14 pm - IP Logged

                Why would anyone be digging through someone elses garbage in the first place?

                I have heard of some people doing it. There was a story posted here of one guy who found a winning scratch off ticket in the garbage. Lots of people go through the trash to find tickets. I'm not one of them, but quite a few people go "dumpster diving" to find furniture and other things that still can be used but people throw away.

                ETA: You know what, I just deleted my other post. I am not going to get into an argument over what is "robbery" to some people and what isn't. If you want to keep your stuff you shouldn't throw it away. That way, nobody can rob you of stuff that you had planned to throw away in the first place.

                "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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                  Posted: March 3, 2009, 2:25 pm - IP Logged

                  turn them in 1st.. got to make sure they were not stolen and the person/persons who stole them threw them away.. then if you found them and cashed the tickets in, you might get charged with theft... make sure they are legit, then i see no problem with keeping the tickets

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                    Posted: March 3, 2009, 2:27 pm - IP Logged

                    With that many lottery tickets a person should know that they were stolen or lost, therefore "finders Keepers" does not appy. 

                    That's like finding an extremely large amont of money with the bank bands still attached.  Grown people know what's wrong and what's right.  They just try to justify the things that they do.  I can understand a teenager not knowing what the do - their frontal lobes aren't developed yet.

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                      Posted: March 3, 2009, 7:58 pm - IP Logged

                      There is an old saying "Finders keepers losers weepers". I'd take them to the local police department.They would check to see if they were stolen from a local merchant. If they were not,the police department would hold them for thirty days and if no one claimed the tickets "IT'S YOURS". End of story.Smiley

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                        Posted: March 3, 2009, 11:47 pm - IP Logged

                        You find a batch of lottery tickets on the side of the road/street, in the garbage, in the parking lot, etc., as far as you know they have not been reported lost or stolen. Do you keep, scratch, and cash them in?  Is that considered theft? If so, why? If not, why?

                        If they hadn't been scanned in they wouldn't be valid to be played.

                        If you scratched them and had what you thought to be a winner (you'd be told, "Well, you have a winning ticket that was never scanned in anywhere), attempting to cash it would make you automatically suspect.

                        If they had been scanned, either way you'd have a sticky wicket on your hands. If you put an ad in the paper's Lost & Found, good luck on figuring out who the real owner was.

                        The best bet, as already mentioned, would be to turn them into the lottery or the police- hoping you didn't read an article in the near future about someone from either place retiring early!

                        Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

                        Lep

                        There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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                          Posted: March 4, 2009, 4:09 am - IP Logged

                          You find a batch of lottery tickets on the side of the road/street, in the garbage, in the parking lot, etc., as far as you know they have not been reported lost or stolen. Do you keep, scratch, and cash them in?  Is that considered theft? If so, why? If not, why?

                          He who tries to cash in on what isn't his'n

                          takes a chance on going to pris'n

                          In neo-conned Amerika, bank robs you.
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