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Posted: June 30, 2011, 1:00 pm - IP Logged

Hi all,

Last night, I decided to play a lottery on a whim. I don't play very often. I asked the clerk in Speedway if there which lottery game was up for the night. I purchased 3 QuickPick PowerBall tickets.

He gave me 2 separate tickets. 1 with one QP and 1 with 2 QPs. This is not unusual because a few months ago, a different Speedway gave me my tickets the same way.

Anyway, today, I noticed that 1 of the tickets was printed nearly an hour earlier, and was generated from a different machine.

Is this normal? Should this be reported?

 

Thanks!

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    Posted: June 30, 2011, 1:22 pm - IP Logged

    I've had them give me "mistake" tickets that were printed earlier, but never one from another machine.  Yeah something's up.  I think I'd call the lottery commission to let them know about that.

      RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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      Posted: June 30, 2011, 5:12 pm - IP Logged

      What happened probably wasn't an error, if you put all that information in an e-mail to your lottery they would probably be glad to get to the bottom of what happened.

      Considering the fact had you won a jackpot with a ticket that was generated somewhere else, you could have been accused of stealing it from it rightful owner.

      It would be a scam if a clerk went somewhere else and bought a bunch of QPs, noted their combinations and resold them, check their combinations after the drawings and if one won a large prize turn in a claim noting the ticket data and say he lost it.  Any one else showing up to making a claim a with a story about buying it at that gas station would probably be accused of stealing or finding it and making a false claim.

       * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
         
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        Posted: June 30, 2011, 5:15 pm - IP Logged

        Wow! I never thought of it that way RJOh. I guess I will go ahead and send a report. Thanks to the both of you for answering my post.

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          Posted: June 30, 2011, 5:18 pm - IP Logged

          What happened probably wasn't an error, if you put all that information in an e-mail to your lottery they would probably be glad to get to the bottom of what happened.

          Considering the fact had you won a jackpot with a ticket that was generated somewhere else, you could have been accused of stealing it from it rightful owner.

          It would be a scam if a clerk went somewhere else and bought a bunch of QPs, noted their combinations and resold them, check their combinations after the drawings and if one won a large prize turn in a claim noting the ticket data and say he lost it.  Any one else showing up to making a claim a with a story about buying it at that gas station would probably be accused of stealing or finding it and making a false claim.

          always inspect your tickets closely,including retailer number.

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            Posted: June 30, 2011, 5:21 pm - IP Logged

            What happened probably wasn't an error, if you put all that information in an e-mail to your lottery they would probably be glad to get to the bottom of what happened.

            Considering the fact had you won a jackpot with a ticket that was generated somewhere else, you could have been accused of stealing it from it rightful owner.

            It would be a scam if a clerk went somewhere else and bought a bunch of QPs, noted their combinations and resold them, check their combinations after the drawings and if one won a large prize turn in a claim noting the ticket data and say he lost it.  Any one else showing up to making a claim a with a story about buying it at that gas station would probably be accused of stealing or finding it and making a false claim.

            Perhaps, but since she has the ticket and it is a bearer instrument, if she were to sign it and win then I think it would all go to her.

             

            Then again, these days you never know with everyone being all sue happy (and winning).

             

            Hopefully the lottery commission will help you on that one. good luck

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              Posted: June 30, 2011, 7:54 pm - IP Logged

              Hi all,

              Last night, I decided to play a lottery on a whim. I don't play very often. I asked the clerk in Speedway if there which lottery game was up for the night. I purchased 3 QuickPick PowerBall tickets.

              He gave me 2 separate tickets. 1 with one QP and 1 with 2 QPs. This is not unusual because a few months ago, a different Speedway gave me my tickets the same way.

              Anyway, today, I noticed that 1 of the tickets was printed nearly an hour earlier, and was generated from a different machine.

              Is this normal? Should this be reported?

               

              Thanks!

              "I don't play very often."

              I play often but never looked at the tickets close enough to see the terminal number. Looking at 5 winning tickets from three different stores with three from the same store, I can't find any numbers that are unique to one terminal.

              It's possible a regular customer bought the "different ticket" at another store, didn't like the numbers and the clerk exchanged it knowing they could sell it later. Sign the back of the ticket, cash if it wins, or throw it away if it's a loser.

              "Should this be reported?"

              Personally I'd prefer that the tickets be printed out or the clerk at least ask me if I want to buy a mistake, but either way you got exactly what you asked and paid for; three $1 PB QPs.

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                Posted: June 30, 2011, 8:48 pm - IP Logged

                Hi all,

                Last night, I decided to play a lottery on a whim. I don't play very often. I asked the clerk in Speedway if there which lottery game was up for the night. I purchased 3 QuickPick PowerBall tickets.

                He gave me 2 separate tickets. 1 with one QP and 1 with 2 QPs. This is not unusual because a few months ago, a different Speedway gave me my tickets the same way.

                Anyway, today, I noticed that 1 of the tickets was printed nearly an hour earlier, and was generated from a different machine.

                Is this normal? Should this be reported?

                 

                Thanks!

                Report him.

                It's most likely Mr. Patel.

                And if he tries it again, knock him into next week.

                Mr. Patel hates that.

                 

                Hi shygirl,

                I'm kinda shy my own self too.  Wink


                                                             
                                     
                                                         

                 

                 

                 

                 

                                                                                                                   

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                  Posted: July 1, 2011, 1:00 am - IP Logged

                  "I don't play very often."

                  I play often but never looked at the tickets close enough to see the terminal number. Looking at 5 winning tickets from three different stores with three from the same store, I can't find any numbers that are unique to one terminal.

                  It's possible a regular customer bought the "different ticket" at another store, didn't like the numbers and the clerk exchanged it knowing they could sell it later. Sign the back of the ticket, cash if it wins, or throw it away if it's a loser.

                  "Should this be reported?"

                  Personally I'd prefer that the tickets be printed out or the clerk at least ask me if I want to buy a mistake, but either way you got exactly what you asked and paid for; three $1 PB QPs.

                  I make out play slips for my tickets so they have to be printed out in my presence but I do notice the retailer number on the bottom of the tickets because when I buy tickets at several locations, I prefer to cash my winners where I bought them.

                   * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                     
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                    Posted: July 1, 2011, 2:11 am - IP Logged

                    What happened probably wasn't an error, if you put all that information in an e-mail to your lottery they would probably be glad to get to the bottom of what happened.

                    Considering the fact had you won a jackpot with a ticket that was generated somewhere else, you could have been accused of stealing it from it rightful owner.

                    It would be a scam if a clerk went somewhere else and bought a bunch of QPs, noted their combinations and resold them, check their combinations after the drawings and if one won a large prize turn in a claim noting the ticket data and say he lost it.  Any one else showing up to making a claim a with a story about buying it at that gas station would probably be accused of stealing or finding it and making a false claim.

                    This is why I much prefer to buy from a machine. Machine doesn't cheat.

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                      This is why I much prefer to buy from a machine. Machine doesn't cheat.

                      Good point!! I am just getting used to using the machines.  Also the machines don't give you a crappy look when you insert a bunch of playslips cuz you are holding up the line of beer & cig buyers!

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                        Posted: July 1, 2011, 8:58 pm - IP Logged

                        Hi all,

                        Last night, I decided to play a lottery on a whim. I don't play very often. I asked the clerk in Speedway if there which lottery game was up for the night. I purchased 3 QuickPick PowerBall tickets.

                        He gave me 2 separate tickets. 1 with one QP and 1 with 2 QPs. This is not unusual because a few months ago, a different Speedway gave me my tickets the same way.

                        Anyway, today, I noticed that 1 of the tickets was printed nearly an hour earlier, and was generated from a different machine.

                        Is this normal? Should this be reported?

                         

                        Thanks!

                        How did you find out the the time where the ticket was printed? My ticket doesn't have any time printed on it. Only the date of the draw is printed.

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                          How did you find out the the time where the ticket was printed? My ticket doesn't have any time printed on it. Only the date of the draw is printed.

                          Different states show various info.

                          My state shows the time, date, terminal number (location), & a number on the back showing the paper spool too, plus a half dozen other numbers (in decimal, hex, and 2D bar-code format) I haven't decoded yet.

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                            Posted: July 1, 2011, 10:17 pm - IP Logged

                            How did you find out the the time where the ticket was printed? My ticket doesn't have any time printed on it. Only the date of the draw is printed.

                            I was wondering how someone that "doesn't play very often" knew which numbers on the ticket shows which store printed the tickets. My tickets do have the date and time the tickets were printed, but I can't find any numbers that indicated a particular store and I looked at several tickets from different stores.

                            Just a guess but the ticket was probably a mistake or someone didn't like the numbers and the clerk sold them to the next person asking for 2 QPs.

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                              Posted: July 1, 2011, 10:45 pm - IP Logged

                              I was wondering how someone that "doesn't play very often" knew which numbers on the ticket shows which store printed the tickets. My tickets do have the date and time the tickets were printed, but I can't find any numbers that indicated a particular store and I looked at several tickets from different stores.

                              Just a guess but the ticket was probably a mistake or someone didn't like the numbers and the clerk sold them to the next person asking for 2 QPs.

                              There have been people who've won buying tickets that other people didn't want, but if you'd rather have "fresh" QPs, the way to get them is to mark 'QP' on the playslip. That way, Mr. Patel can't pull a fast one on you. Wink

                              In neo-conned Amerika, bank robs you.
                              Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms should be the name of a convenience store, not a govnoment agency.