|Posted: September 27, 2011, 10:25 pm - IP Logged|
A winning ticket that you found claim the prize as soon as possible.
When you claim a jackpot if the previous owner of the ticket knows what numbers were on the lost ticket and checks he or she might think that there might be a chance that the ticket used for the claim might have been the lost ticket and he or she might tell the state lottery that the lottery prize might be his or hers.
The state lottery might then do an investigation.
On the ticket there is the number of the retailer so they would ask each of them where they bought the ticket, the time etc.
Whoever gives the right answers would be the owner of the ticket.
The store where the ticket was bought might have a video camera and they might keep the videos for at least a few days, but if not, no big thing.
You have to claim the jackpot prize before the owner can stake his or her own claim to it.
So if a lower prize maybe the prize is yours unless the person who lost the ticket checks to see if any prize was won by the ticket and if the state lottery checks and investigates all the tickets and winners of the particular prize range, which could be from just a few to thousands.
But my point is that the owner of the ticket can't get his or her prize money unless you first claim the prize.
If you claim and get the money and there are no other claims then or later on your prize then the money stays yours otherwise you give the money back or it is taken from you and given to the other person.
But the one thing that you should not do is going around telling everybody that you found a winning ticket and that you are looking for its owner and neither should you tell the state lottery either, let the owner make his or her claim.