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Retails should have to redeem winning tickets!

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Posted: April 26, 2009, 4:11 pm - IP Logged

This is a rant.  I don't know if this is for every state, but in Michigan, we have special offices for prizes of 600 and over.  Prizes of 50000 and over must be claimed at lotto HQ in Lansing.  Prizes under 600 can be claimed at any Michigan lotto retailer.  However, there's a catch, they are under NO LEGAL OBLIGATION TO REDEEM THEM!!!  This is BULL!!!  Angry  If they are lottery retailers selling tickets, they should have the cash on them to redeem my ticket.  It's not like they should be expected to redeem prizes of 600 and greater, but if hundreds of people a day come into their store giving them money for tickets, they should have the cash on hand for those prizes!! 

Now that my rant is over, is it possible to redeem a ticket that you didn't buy at their store?  For instance, can I go to meijers to redeem a ticket I bought at 7/11?

Also, lets say I won 500 dollars (borderline the limit) and eventually am forced to redeem it at one of the lotto offices for prizes of 600 and greater, do they still tax me on it, even though we are generally not required to pay taxes on prizes under 600?

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    Posted: April 26, 2009, 4:33 pm - IP Logged

    I don't even know why I am replying to your rant...I have bought lottery tickets in Michigan, but I haven't even won so much as $1.  All of my winnings have been in California, Illinois, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, and Indiana.

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      Posted: April 26, 2009, 4:35 pm - IP Logged

      This is a rant.  I don't know if this is for every state, but in Michigan, we have special offices for prizes of 600 and over.  Prizes of 50000 and over must be claimed at lotto HQ in Lansing.  Prizes under 600 can be claimed at any Michigan lotto retailer.  However, there's a catch, they are under NO LEGAL OBLIGATION TO REDEEM THEM!!!  This is BULL!!!  Angry  If they are lottery retailers selling tickets, they should have the cash on them to redeem my ticket.  It's not like they should be expected to redeem prizes of 600 and greater, but if hundreds of people a day come into their store giving them money for tickets, they should have the cash on hand for those prizes!! 

      Now that my rant is over, is it possible to redeem a ticket that you didn't buy at their store?  For instance, can I go to meijers to redeem a ticket I bought at 7/11?

      Also, lets say I won 500 dollars (borderline the limit) and eventually am forced to redeem it at one of the lotto offices for prizes of 600 and greater, do they still tax me on it, even though we are generally not required to pay taxes on prizes under 600?

      I feel your anger.A few weeks ago I posted about the same issue.My wife won $500 on an Illinois scratch off ticket.The store owner refused to pay her at the time of her win because he already "made his drop" but said he would be happy to pay her if she came back at a specified time.When we came back at the specified time he started making excuses about why he couldn't pay.We ended up driving all over the county looking for a lottery retailer who would/could cash the ticket.We finally found a grocery store 50 miles away in another county who was kind enough to cash it.He told us that he was under no obligation to cash it because the ticket was purchased elsewhere,but since he had enough cash on hand he would.Apparently Illinois doesn't require its lottery retailers to have enough cash on hand to pay their customers if they have a winning ticket.This is WRONG,no matter what others may think.If you sell lottery tickets you should be required to carry enough cash to pay the winners with.If you purchase gas or bread or a slurpee from their store they sure expect you to have enough money to pay for your purchase.I don't see that there is any difference!Contact your states lottery office to complain about those retailers that sell lottery tickets but refuse to pay the winners.It may or may not do any good but at least you get to vent at someone that CAN make a difference and that will at least make you feel better.

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        Posted: April 26, 2009, 4:52 pm - IP Logged

        I think it was your post maddmike that brought this up.  I haven't won anything big enough to empty their cash register, but reading your situation makes me very mad indeed!  There's no need for a limit on how much stores can pay if they don't have any obligation to pay.  It would be like a casino that would make you go halfway across the state just to pick up a few hundred dollars.  States need to fix this.  Either lower the amount stores will pay or give them the money on hand they need, but don't withold the money I rightfully won, telling me to go somewhere else.

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          Posted: April 26, 2009, 10:14 pm - IP Logged

          When I hit something this big I first ask if the store has enough money so I could cash it..When it's that big I go to Krogers or a big chain store and not the little dives..If they say "no" wich has never happend I would pull out my 38 and get my moneys worth with it..Case closed..Next.........


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            Posted: April 26, 2009, 10:29 pm - IP Logged

            When I hit something this big I first ask if the store has enough money so I could cash it..When it's that big I go to Krogers or a big chain store and not the little dives..If they say "no" wich has never happend I would pull out my 38 and get my moneys worth with it..Case closed..Next.........

            In lots of areas of this country they don't have big chain stores.

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              Posted: April 27, 2009, 1:36 am - IP Logged

              "If you sell lottery tickets you should be required to carry enough cash to pay the winners with."

              Exactly how much cash is that? The news forum recently had a report about a guy who won 90k playing pick 4 on 20 tickets. A similar win in pick 3 would have been worth $9,000. Suppose a few other players had also won prizes from $100 to $500? Are you actually suggesting that the store all stores should keep $10,000 cash on hand just in case?

              I agree that the retailers should make a reasonable effort to pay, but it's not reasonable to expect them to keep large amounts of cash unsecured, just for the infrequent times that somebody presents a ticket for more than $100 or so. It's perfectly reasonable for them to ask the winner to come back a bit later, so that they can accumulate some cash, or have them come back when a manager is available to access the cash. Of course once they  tell you when to come back they should  be prepared to follow through and pay reasonable amounts.


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                Posted: April 27, 2009, 9:00 am - IP Logged

                "If you sell lottery tickets you should be required to carry enough cash to pay the winners with."

                Exactly how much cash is that? The news forum recently had a report about a guy who won 90k playing pick 4 on 20 tickets. A similar win in pick 3 would have been worth $9,000. Suppose a few other players had also won prizes from $100 to $500? Are you actually suggesting that the store all stores should keep $10,000 cash on hand just in case?

                I agree that the retailers should make a reasonable effort to pay, but it's not reasonable to expect them to keep large amounts of cash unsecured, just for the infrequent times that somebody presents a ticket for more than $100 or so. It's perfectly reasonable for them to ask the winner to come back a bit later, so that they can accumulate some cash, or have them come back when a manager is available to access the cash. Of course once they  tell you when to come back they should  be prepared to follow through and pay reasonable amounts.

                Yes,I believe that a lottery retailer should keep enough money on hand to pay any & all winners that purchased a winning ticket at his store.He should have a safe to keep the money secure.He should also have insurance in case the money is stolen.If he doesn't have both a safe AND insurace,he's an idiot and should NOT be in business!

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                  Posted: April 27, 2009, 11:41 am - IP Logged

                  "If you sell lottery tickets you should be required to carry enough cash to pay the winners with."

                  Exactly how much cash is that? The news forum recently had a report about a guy who won 90k playing pick 4 on 20 tickets. A similar win in pick 3 would have been worth $9,000. Suppose a few other players had also won prizes from $100 to $500? Are you actually suggesting that the store all stores should keep $10,000 cash on hand just in case?

                  I agree that the retailers should make a reasonable effort to pay, but it's not reasonable to expect them to keep large amounts of cash unsecured, just for the infrequent times that somebody presents a ticket for more than $100 or so. It's perfectly reasonable for them to ask the winner to come back a bit later, so that they can accumulate some cash, or have them come back when a manager is available to access the cash. Of course once they  tell you when to come back they should  be prepared to follow through and pay reasonable amounts.

                  Up to 600 dollars worth, like it says on the Michigan lottery webpage.  As I said, there are offices specifically designed for bigger prizes, but if the lottery retailers can't redeem the 600 minimum, then there is a problem.

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                    Posted: April 27, 2009, 11:44 am - IP Logged

                    When I hit something this big I first ask if the store has enough money so I could cash it..When it's that big I go to Krogers or a big chain store and not the little dives..If they say "no" wich has never happend I would pull out my 38 and get my moneys worth with it..Case closed..Next.........

                    haha!  That would make an interesting headline.