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Retailers don't have to pay you for a winning scratch off

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RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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Posted: August 24, 2011, 8:25 am - IP Logged

A few years ago I was driving to West Virgina through Kentucky and noticed stores and gas stations had signs in their windows that read they would only cash lottery tickets bought there.  I think they had trouble with players on that highway stealing tickets at one place and cashing them at the next one before the system knew they were stolen.

 * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
   
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    Posted: August 25, 2011, 7:30 am - IP Logged

    I bought a $10.00 scratch off the other day and won $100.00.  The next day I took the ticket back to the same station where I bought the ticket and was told that he could'nt cash it because he no longer get a commission on a scratch.  I ask how in the he_ _ you accept my money when i'm buying the ticket but you won't cash it in if I win.  He said he don't have to and the rep from georgia lottery told him since they no longer get paid a commission on the scratch off he don't have to.  Just wondering if anyone else have ran into this problem.  Yes I got my money after I showed out but I will no longer buy a scratch off.  I'm going to email georgia lottery and see if they will respond to see if in fact the guy is telling the truth.

    They get their commission on the "SALE" of the scratch ticket! Yes, they also get a commission on the big winning (grand prize) tickets that are redeemed for that game, but on the smaller (10,20,40,50,100 dollar wins) they don't! I'd find another place to do business and get away from that oneway money hungry dork!

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      GEORGIA
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      Posted: August 25, 2011, 9:09 pm - IP Logged

      They get their commission on the "SALE" of the scratch ticket! Yes, they also get a commission on the big winning (grand prize) tickets that are redeemed for that game, but on the smaller (10,20,40,50,100 dollar wins) they don't! I'd find another place to do business and get away from that oneway money hungry dork!

      I don't go to that store anymore and I told him I was telling everybody that I come in contact with not to buy any lottery tickets there because they won't get paid if they win.  I also emailed georgia lottery and i'm waiting for their response.  When I get their response, I will post it.

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        Posted: August 26, 2011, 9:09 am - IP Logged

        This particular retailer probably just didn't have the cash to cash it. This used to happen every week to me here in FL. I definitely did not get upset about it at all. After I kinda got tired of hearing about it, I started to  just go to a grocery store as james stated on the first page.

        Although the retailer should have handled it differently (said he didn't have the cash), Its no reason to get all bent out of shape. Don't you have a grocery store close by you or no?

        Side note - even if he did have the cash, many smaller stores & gas stations are on time released safes also, so that could have played a part

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          Posted: August 26, 2011, 9:36 am - IP Logged

          Most states require retailers to sell a minimum amount of tickets monthly, I would think any retailer who wanted to continue selling tickets would at least do what he could to keep lottery customers coming back.

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            Posted: August 26, 2011, 10:05 am - IP Logged

            I bought a $10.00 scratch off the other day and won $100.00.  The next day I took the ticket back to the same station where I bought the ticket and was told that he could'nt cash it because he no longer get a commission on a scratch.  I ask how in the he_ _ you accept my money when i'm buying the ticket but you won't cash it in if I win.  He said he don't have to and the rep from georgia lottery told him since they no longer get paid a commission on the scratch off he don't have to.  Just wondering if anyone else have ran into this problem.  Yes I got my money after I showed out but I will no longer buy a scratch off.  I'm going to email georgia lottery and see if they will respond to see if in fact the guy is telling the truth.

            I understand your frustration and agree with your feelings on the matter.

            If he had said, I don't have the cash right now that would have been fine. Some retailers do not keep a lot of cash in the drawer to pay higher

            winners because of the drops they need to make frequently. I would have said thank you and took it to a supermarket (which btw, depending

            on the time of day may not have it on hand either)

            Your retailer made a choice against cashing it because of what a rep supposedly told him, I think it was more of a personal choice rather than

            a rep leaving the retailer to decide.

            In PA the signs posted in windows where lottery is sold read: Play here...we pay here.

            If they 'can't' pay here (low cash), I would understand more willingly than we 'won't' pay here (inconvenience).

            I hope you get the lowdown on things from GA Lottery, it will be interesting to see what they say.

            I'd go back in and tell the guy you're not buying tickets there anymore and are spending your money elsewhere. If he keeps that up, I doubt he

            will have many people playing there..instants anyway.

            It really is not difficult cashing tickets, most places do not give you a hard time and by hard time I mean not having the cash on-hand.

            Don't let one stooge turn you off.

            I never had anyone tell me the won't cash a ticket. I'd be on the phone in a hurry.

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              Posted: August 26, 2011, 12:15 pm - IP Logged

              State to state varies, but in respect to NJ, retailers make money off sales of all tickets and make money off of any prizes cashed in that are under $600.

              Obviously other states may not include a bonus for paying out prizes.  Perhaps they should.  It would definitely be an incentive to not only sell tickets, but pay out prizes too.

               

              From the NJ Lottery site directly:

              5% sales plus 1.25% for payout of prizes up to $600.00

              $750 Bonus for each top prize winning Jersey Cash 5 ticket sold

              $2,000 Bonus for each top prize winning Pick 6 Lotto ticket sold

              $10,000 Bonus for each top prize winning Mega Millions ticket sold

              $500 Bonus for each second prize winning Mega Millions ticket sold

              $10,000 Bonus for each top prize winning POWERBALL ticket sold

              $500 Bonus for each second prize winning POWERBALL ticket sold

              2.5% Bonus Commission for selling a top Instant Win Cash Prize

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                Posted: August 26, 2011, 1:07 pm - IP Logged

                The truth is that when shops open they have a minimal amount of cash on hand from 100$ or more depending on the size of the shop.

                So if you win 100$ or more they can not break the Reg to pay you, and they will ask you to come back later or take it to the lottery office.

                This also happens when they change shifts....

                 

                So if you have a big payout go to a larger store or go after lunch or around 5 or 8 when they have had a good flow of traffic...

                Just an FYI...

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                  Posted: September 2, 2011, 6:06 pm - IP Logged

                  Thank you RJOh-Mr-Smith-ChaosX-dr65 and others for your input.  B$Rizzle I sure in the he_ _ did get bent out of shape.  The clerk did'nt say he could'nt redeem the ticket, he said he's not redeeming the ticket because he longer get a commission.  That's what pi_ _ed me off.

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                    Posted: September 4, 2011, 10:30 pm - IP Logged

                    A few years ago I was driving to West Virgina through Kentucky and noticed stores and gas stations had signs in their windows that read they would only cash lottery tickets bought there.  I think they had trouble with players on that highway stealing tickets at one place and cashing them at the next one before the system knew they were stolen.

                    That was "everywhere"  in Ky and it drove all of the players crazy.  they even did it for P3 , P4 and any other games.  It was as if they were "protecting" their money.  If you won on P3, you HAD to take your ticket to the place that sold it to you.  I am not kidding..they even checked the numbers on the tickets to make sure they were from their stores!!  It was A CRAZY TIME!!

                    If you know your number is going to hit, have patience and then KILL IT!

                    You never know when you will get another hit.