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Ticket mistake...what would happen?

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Posted: September 8, 2012, 10:13 pm - IP Logged

So, the other night, my husband and I stop off to get our tickets (after a funeral, no less).

Anyway, I plopped down my $5 and told the clerk I needed 2 PB and 1 MM.  He gave me the tickets and went $6 please.  (2 PB and 2 MM). I literally had a $5 bill only and told him all I had was $5.  He said don't worry about it, my mistake, I'll pay for it.  I went to the car, digging around for change so I could pay for it with no such luck

Question.....what would happen if that extra line was actually the winner?  Would I have to split the winnings with the clerk?  I always planned on claiming the winnings under a trust, so I don't think the clerk would ever know it was ME who won.

"what would happen if that extra line was actually the winner":

You'd be collecting money you wouldn't have been getting if the clerk hadn't made the mistake and then given you the mistake for free.

"Would I have to split the winnings with the clerk?"

If they gave you the ticket it's a gift and you own it. What you do is entirely dependent on what kind of person you are. You don't even have to say thank you if you don't want to, but it might be good to remember that you wouldn't have won a dime if the clerk had sdimply printed you a new ticket.

 

"Wow, the clerk gave you a free ticket? unheard of."

A while back a clerk somehow printed a MM ticket with the megaplier, which I hadn't asked for. She printed another ticket and also gave me the mistake for free. I'm guessing it may be store policy to do that, at least when the ticket has numbers chosen by the customer. If those numbers had been drawn the extra ticket would have resulted in the correct ticket being worth only half of what it would have been if the clerk hadn't printed a ticket in error. If some of the numbers had come up and I won a prize I would not have otherwise gotten I would definitely have shared it with the clerk.


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    Posted: September 8, 2012, 10:18 pm - IP Logged

    "what would happen if that extra line was actually the winner":

    You'd be collecting money you wouldn't have been getting if the clerk hadn't made the mistake and then given you the mistake for free.

    "Would I have to split the winnings with the clerk?"

    If they gave you the ticket it's a gift and you own it. What you do is entirely dependent on what kind of person you are. You don't even have to say thank you if you don't want to, but it might be good to remember that you wouldn't have won a dime if the clerk had sdimply printed you a new ticket.

     

    "Wow, the clerk gave you a free ticket? unheard of."

    A while back a clerk somehow printed a MM ticket with the megaplier, which I hadn't asked for. She printed another ticket and also gave me the mistake for free. I'm guessing it may be store policy to do that, at least when the ticket has numbers chosen by the customer. If those numbers had been drawn the extra ticket would have resulted in the correct ticket being worth only half of what it would have been if the clerk hadn't printed a ticket in error. If some of the numbers had come up and I won a prize I would not have otherwise gotten I would definitely have shared it with the clerk.

    How do you know the clerk didn't make the mistake purpose hoping for a share??

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      Posted: September 8, 2012, 11:27 pm - IP Logged

      i swear if i was a clerk i wouldnt take orders unless they are coupon filled. and all mistakes are customers own fault.

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        Posted: September 11, 2012, 3:38 pm - IP Logged

        How do you know the clerk didn't make the mistake purpose hoping for a share??

        I can't be sure, but why would they do that if they're not a moron? Probability says it would be a losing strategy:

        Only a 1 in 40 chance it would be worth anything at all.
        Almost zero chance it would be worth  more than a few bucks.
        No way of knowing if I would share it.Can't give away very many tickets and still keep your job.