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Do You Believe All These "Just In Time" Lotto Ticket Saves?

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LottoMomma's avatar - strawberry
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Posted: October 6, 2013, 1:12 am - IP Logged

Anyone notice all the recent posts about how people just happened to find a winning lottery ticket just days or weeks before it was going to expire? 

Some couple cleaning out their sugar bowl after just sticking tickets in there for a year decides to clean it out and check the numbers and low and behold find a million dollar plus ticket just days or weeks before it would have expired or the lady cleaning out the trash to find a winning lottery ticket she just happened to throw away but knew it was a winner or the guy who had one in his glove box and never checks them til a family relative calls and says "have you checked your numbers".

Does anyone agree some of these sound a little far fetched  or fishy or what's the chance?  I don' know about anyone else but anytime I PLAY the lottery and buy a ticket.. I am on that ticket like a bee on honey when the numbers come out to see if I won? LOL

I just wonder if alot of this isn't just hype as food for fodder for all us lottery followers??? Ya think? About as bad as how come all the winners of PB and MM seem to come from New York, New Jersey, Mass, Conneticuit and Pennsylvania?  What is up with that and I think New Jersey leads the pack.. does the person that pulls the lever on those machines live there or something? LOL   

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    Posted: October 6, 2013, 6:52 am - IP Logged

    Anyone notice all the recent posts about how people just happened to find a winning lottery ticket just days or weeks before it was going to expire? 

    Some couple cleaning out their sugar bowl after just sticking tickets in there for a year decides to clean it out and check the numbers and low and behold find a million dollar plus ticket just days or weeks before it would have expired or the lady cleaning out the trash to find a winning lottery ticket she just happened to throw away but knew it was a winner or the guy who had one in his glove box and never checks them til a family relative calls and says "have you checked your numbers".

    Does anyone agree some of these sound a little far fetched  or fishy or what's the chance?  I don' know about anyone else but anytime I PLAY the lottery and buy a ticket.. I am on that ticket like a bee on honey when the numbers come out to see if I won? LOL

    I just wonder if alot of this isn't just hype as food for fodder for all us lottery followers??? Ya think? About as bad as how come all the winners of PB and MM seem to come from New York, New Jersey, Mass, Conneticuit and Pennsylvania?  What is up with that and I think New Jersey leads the pack.. does the person that pulls the lever on those machines live there or something? LOL   

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    I do it all the time!!  It is not uncommon for me to find a ticket I haven't checked I even found some scratch ticket from about ten years ago that I never scratced off. It is a Mona Lisa ticket since it is pretty I am going to leave it intact now.  Besides I don't want to know if I missed out on the big one. 

    People's lives are so busy it is easy to misplace or lose track of a ticket.


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      Posted: October 6, 2013, 7:41 am - IP Logged

      I wish I could get my hands on a winning ticket...a day after the drawing or a year later even LOL

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        Posted: October 6, 2013, 8:02 am - IP Logged

        I just don't understand how one can buy a ticket and not check it. It makes no sense to me. But maybe that's because I'm a regular player and I can't put myself into the shoes of someone who doesn't regularly play. Like you, I buy the ticket and I can't wait to check the numbers. Some of these people buy the ticket and throw it in their car somewhere or just forget about it. I could never do that lol.

        It's always some amazing story when someone wins. The bus broke down in front of a corner store, they went to get a candy bar and seen the lotto was huge, they had just enough change to play 1 line, so they played for the first time, but not before someone let them cut in line. When they walked out the store, the wind blew the ticket away and returned it to their house only a couple days before it expired.

        With the frequency of these stories, I always wonder if people just make things up. Like the whole "never played" thing, it's like, you know dang well you play every single draw and you have a gambling problem lol.

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          Posted: October 6, 2013, 8:20 am - IP Logged

          I just don't understand how one can buy a ticket and not check it. It makes no sense to me. But maybe that's because I'm a regular player and I can't put myself into the shoes of someone who doesn't regularly play. Like you, I buy the ticket and I can't wait to check the numbers. Some of these people buy the ticket and throw it in their car somewhere or just forget about it. I could never do that lol.

          It's always some amazing story when someone wins. The bus broke down in front of a corner store, they went to get a candy bar and seen the lotto was huge, they had just enough change to play 1 line, so they played for the first time, but not before someone let them cut in line. When they walked out the store, the wind blew the ticket away and returned it to their house only a couple days before it expired.

          With the frequency of these stories, I always wonder if people just make things up. Like the whole "never played" thing, it's like, you know dang well you play every single draw and you have a gambling problem lol.

          Boi, I be screamin the same thing like come on man not every winner is their first time playin

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            Posted: October 6, 2013, 8:24 am - IP Logged

            I think the stories are believable. You have to remember some people may be getting their tickets on a break from work, other things come up, things come up when you get home, etc. Occasional hectic days can even make even the most organized person do this. A while back, I mixed up an old ticket which I had not throw away with a new one and realized I had tossed the new one out and had to dig through my trash can. Playing the lottery should only be one of the things going on in your life. I think we all have seen a poster or two who obsesses too much about playing the lottery and they seem miserable.

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              Posted: October 6, 2013, 8:36 am - IP Logged

              Momma, I do agree with you for the most part, when you play it's common sense to check your ticket, it only makes sense. However, with an occasional exception to the rule, you may have had a bad day along with being super busy and plain just forget. Highly doubtful!!!! And if you do forget>>Bash LOL

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                Posted: October 6, 2013, 11:59 am - IP Logged

                I think most people hear there was a winner in another state and never think about the other prizes. The guy running one of our pools recently had me scan 30 tickets that he never checked.

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                  Posted: October 6, 2013, 12:10 pm - IP Logged

                  When you read stories about the number of tickets that could have won a significant prize that go unclaimed every year, it's not hard to believe a few could have been found at the last minute.

                  I've brought tickets and gotten involved with something and forgot where I placed them but because I always think I've got a winner I will eventually search for them.  I know people who wouldn't search for a misplaced ticket thinking the odds of it being a winner isn't worth the effort unless they hear the winning ticket was brought locally..

                   * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                     
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                    Posted: October 6, 2013, 1:14 pm - IP Logged

                    When you read stories about the number of tickets that could have won a significant prize that go unclaimed every year, it's not hard to believe a few could have been found at the last minute.

                    I've brought tickets and gotten involved with something and forgot where I placed them but because I always think I've got a winner I will eventually search for them.  I know people who wouldn't search for a misplaced ticket thinking the odds of it being a winner isn't worth the effort unless they hear the winning ticket was brought locally..

                    Good point, however l have my doubts on some of these stories.There was this one where the lottery ticket was being used as a : get this " Christmas Tree Decoration". How on earth is one supposed to believe that story as being legitimate? At what point did the owner say " hey, wait a minute,  these numbers look familiar? "
                    I can also imagine someone not checking their ticket until they hear someone local has won but has not come forward to claim the prize.
                    As for the majority of winners being from NJ etc- that is still a puzzle to me although l honestly believe the game to be fair.Perhaps the majority of the players in those States gamble more in which case they also have more losers than the rest of the nation.

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                      Posted: October 6, 2013, 1:51 pm - IP Logged

                      Those stories don't seem unrealistic when you consider this:

                      "Winning lottery tickets big and small often go unclaimed. There were nearly $40 billion in prizes awarded in U.S. lotteries last year, and about $800 million in winnings weren't collected, according to Chuck Strutt, executive director of the Multi-State Lottery Association."

                      Link: http://money.cnn.com/2012/11/28/news/economy/unclaimed-lottery-prizes/index.html

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                        Posted: October 8, 2013, 7:54 am - IP Logged

                        Yes and no. I think there are people who almost lucked out on a prize because their ticket almost expired, as well I know there are people who "have" lost a prize because their ticket did expire! But I suspect there are a good number of people who wait until the last minute to cash a ticket because they have a hidden agenda, be it deny a spouse a share, rob a group of their winning's, have a massive blow out with family and friends so they won't have to share with them...

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                          Posted: October 8, 2013, 10:03 am - IP Logged

                          Good point TooTallLuke...

                           

                          I like your analogy!

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                            Posted: October 9, 2013, 6:54 am - IP Logged

                            They're all lyin'.

                            And I'll be lyin' too when I win.

                            'Cept I'll be tellin' a real good one. Yes Nod

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                              Posted: October 9, 2013, 9:36 am - IP Logged

                              well...I don't see no reaso to not believe them. Hehehe in any case ....it would be the winners who are making up a story not the Lotteries actualy doing it.

                               

                               

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