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Posted: March 16, 2013, 8:01 pm - IP Logged

 I purchased a Virginia lotto scratch off which after scratching revealed a $20 prize. I had a number which matched one of the winning numbers. I attempted to redeem this at two seperate retailers who told me the barcode was coming up as prize over $600 must be redeem at a Virginia Lottery office. I am going Monday morning, but in the mean time, any ideas what could be going on ?

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    Virginia?

    They'll give you the $20 and say it was a computer glitch.

    No matter what it really was.


                                                 
                         
                                             

     

     

     

     

                                                                                                       

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      Posted: March 16, 2013, 8:22 pm - IP Logged

      Virginia?

      They'll give you the $20 and say it was a computer glitch.

      No matter what it really was.

      lol  Yea when I reported to them about non working play slips last year (a couple of places by me had old ones for a month and they did not work..I figured out what happened on my own and the clerks were clueless), they did not even respond.

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        lol  Yea when I reported to them about non working play slips last year (a couple of places by me had old ones for a month and they did not work..I figured out what happened on my own and the clerks were clueless), they did not even respond.

        Yeah, they're bad.

        The customer is always wrong with the Virginia Lottery.


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          Posted: March 16, 2013, 8:37 pm - IP Logged

           I purchased a Virginia lotto scratch off which after scratching revealed a $20 prize. I had a number which matched one of the winning numbers. I attempted to redeem this at two seperate retailers who told me the barcode was coming up as prize over $600 must be redeem at a Virginia Lottery office. I am going Monday morning, but in the mean time, any ideas what could be going on ?

          Hopefully you got it wrong and you did win something over $600....I hate to get your hopes up though.....but i hope you did win big...

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            Posted: March 16, 2013, 8:47 pm - IP Logged

            Ha! Seriously doubt it. I'm assumming $20 or an entirely new ticket. Both bretailers said they go by the bar code not the printed portion. I seriously doubt that also. If that were the case I'm sure people would be getting all their apparently losing tickets scanned. Oh well, just wondering what some other folks thought. I'm sure I'll be walking out with a wink, smile and 20 bucks Monday.

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              Posted: March 16, 2013, 8:48 pm - IP Logged

              Yeah, they're bad.

              The customer is always wrong with the Virginia Lottery.

              Plus they got rid of the lottery fairy. Strike 2.  I almost always try to buy my PB and MM tickets in DC.

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                Posted: March 16, 2013, 9:10 pm - IP Logged

                They might send it to a investigator to see what happened.

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                  Posted: March 16, 2013, 9:20 pm - IP Logged

                  Plus they got rid of the lottery fairy. Strike 2.  I almost always try to buy my PB and MM tickets in DC.

                  Yep, the only reason I play there is cuzza the real ball drawings unlike Tennessee which has the fake computer drawings.

                  But if you ever have a complaint in Va, you're wrong and they're right. No discussion. And the investigators are friends with a lot of the clerks, so don't expect too much help if there's ever a problem.

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                    Posted: March 16, 2013, 11:33 pm - IP Logged

                     I purchased a Virginia lotto scratch off which after scratching revealed a $20 prize. I had a number which matched one of the winning numbers. I attempted to redeem this at two seperate retailers who told me the barcode was coming up as prize over $600 must be redeem at a Virginia Lottery office. I am going Monday morning, but in the mean time, any ideas what could be going on ?

                    Do the letters under the numbers match too? The letters from the winning numbers and your numbers must match too. If they don't, it's a misprint and you may or may not get your prize.

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                      Posted: March 17, 2013, 1:04 am - IP Logged

                       I purchased a Virginia lotto scratch off which after scratching revealed a $20 prize. I had a number which matched one of the winning numbers. I attempted to redeem this at two seperate retailers who told me the barcode was coming up as prize over $600 must be redeem at a Virginia Lottery office. I am going Monday morning, but in the mean time, any ideas what could be going on ?

                      Same thing happened to me in NY, I know I won only $5 but it scanned for $20 and they paid $20. Imagine the worst, a losing ticket that is discarded but yet had it been scanned, would show up as a Jackpot !

                      Talk about unclaimed prizes. There are only so much scenarios it can be done... Hide the tickets to unknown locations, Print Winners as Losers so they dont get redeemed.

                      I would take a photo snapshot, post it in LP and hopefully, someone will join you in a class action suit against the Lottery !

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                        Same thing happened to me in NY, I know I won only $5 but it scanned for $20 and they paid $20. Imagine the worst, a losing ticket that is discarded but yet had it been scanned, would show up as a Jackpot !

                        Talk about unclaimed prizes. There are only so much scenarios it can be done... Hide the tickets to unknown locations, Print Winners as Losers so they dont get redeemed.

                        I would take a photo snapshot, post it in LP and hopefully, someone will join you in a class action suit against the Lottery !

                        I don't know about NY, but in CA you could check if a losing ticket is really a losing ticket by entering the serial numbers at the CA Lottery second chance page. If the ticket is rejected and you type in the numbers correctly, then it is not a losing ticket but a winning ticket.

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                          Posted: March 17, 2013, 8:27 am - IP Logged

                          Either way, I am sure they will just pay the 20.  Strange though.   Two VA lottery scanners coming up as more than 600? I know only one number matched for 20 bucks. Even the three random letters around the scratched bar code indicate a $20 winner. Why the  incorrect message ? Who knows......

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                            Either way, I am sure they will just pay the 20.  Strange though.   Two VA lottery scanners coming up as more than 600? I know only one number matched for 20 bucks. Even the three random letters around the scratched bar code indicate a $20 winner. Why the  incorrect message ? Who knows......

                            Post a picture of the ticket, let LP members apply another set of eyes to see what is going on. Not that you misread it, but to see in what way a misprint would cause that discrepancy.

                            If misprints are as rare as the lottery guys claim the in video posted above: 0.00000000146% then you have a truly rare ticket, more rare than a PB or MM winner!

                            Every year, millions of dollars in winning scratch tickets are thrown away. We don't know if they are mis-reads by players, or mis-prints of the ticket itself. You might even have a valid claim, if the lottery code corresponds to a large >$600 win in their database, but the ticket failed to print the complete matching numbers to show it in the play area.

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                              Posted: March 17, 2013, 9:40 am - IP Logged

                              Post a picture of the ticket, let LP members apply another set of eyes to see what is going on. Not that you misread it, but to see in what way a misprint would cause that discrepancy.

                              If misprints are as rare as the lottery guys claim the in video posted above: 0.00000000146% then you have a truly rare ticket, more rare than a PB or MM winner!

                              Every year, millions of dollars in winning scratch tickets are thrown away. We don't know if they are mis-reads by players, or mis-prints of the ticket itself. You might even have a valid claim, if the lottery code corresponds to a large >$600 win in their database, but the ticket failed to print the complete matching numbers to show it in the play area.

                              Yes post a picture, I want to see it. As I said, the same thing happened to me in NY. I was expecting $5 but got $20. In my case however, I can't get back the ticket as the retailers in Bronx are very busy.