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Should you tip the clerk who sold you a winning ticket?

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Posted: October 20, 2013, 9:30 pm - IP Logged

I'd like to know how others feel about this.  I was in a store the other day & the clerk told me someone gave her $100 of a win they got...she didn't say how much they won & I didn't ask but here's my feeling about it. She said she had gotten "tips" before also.  I told her I thought she could buy her own tickets like I have to do.

I don't think I should give them anything because they could buy their own scratch cards or p3 tickets or whatever.  They did not help me get the win...all they did was sell me the scratch card or ticket.  That's part of their job.

So, how do you all feel about it?

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    Posted: October 20, 2013, 9:36 pm - IP Logged

    I'd like to know how others feel about this.  I was in a store the other day & the clerk told me someone gave her $100 of a win they got...she didn't say how much they won & I didn't ask but here's my feeling about it. She said she had gotten "tips" before also.  I told her I thought she could buy her own tickets like I have to do.

    I don't think I should give them anything because they could buy their own scratch cards or p3 tickets or whatever.  They did not help me get the win...all they did was sell me the scratch card or ticket.  That's part of their job.

    So, how do you all feel about it?

    The store gets paid just for selling the ticket, not including the bonuses they get when they sell jackpot winning tickets. The clerk may not see that money directly, but it goes towards their wages. It's not like they're in the service industry.

    I never tell a clerk how much I've won, and I usually never cash tickets at the same store where I've purchased them.

    Personally, I would never tip a clerk. To each their own, I guess.

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      Posted: October 20, 2013, 9:40 pm - IP Logged

      Yes.  I will tip.  But I never win

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        Posted: October 20, 2013, 9:42 pm - IP Logged

        Yes.  I will tip.  But I never win

        Then it looks like you won't have to worry about it then.

        I hope you do get a win though!

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          Posted: October 20, 2013, 9:48 pm - IP Logged

          should you?  no.  it's a nice gesture if you do, but there's nothing requiring you to tip. guess it just depends on the person.  i'll tip and let you know how the clerk responds lol.

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            The store gets paid just for selling the ticket, not including the bonuses they get when they sell jackpot winning tickets. The clerk may not see that money directly, but it goes towards their wages. It's not like they're in the service industry.

            I never tell a clerk how much I've won, and I usually never cash tickets at the same store where I've purchased them.

            Personally, I would never tip a clerk. To each their own, I guess.

            I don't cash mine at that store I was speaking about either because when I tried to one or 2 times I was told they didn't have the money...they don't mind selling me the tickets or scratch cards but never have the money to cash them with.

            BUT this one clerk who said she got the $100 tip always ask me every time I go in did I get the p3 or p4 number that just hit...& for those who know I buy some at some Sheetz stores...it's not any of those stores I'm referring to at all.  They always cash them & so do the "chain" grocery stores.

            It was the same way when the Sweepstakes places were open here which are now closed in this county again...they had a sign up saying "tips accepted"...I never gave one a tip but once & only because she kept bugging me about it...again she did nothing at all to help me get that win but take my money for me to play there & I lost more than I won anyway.

              I don't think I'm selfish either...it's not like going to a restaurant which I can see tipping them but not a person who only sells you a ticket or takes your money for you to play a computer game.

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              Posted: October 20, 2013, 9:55 pm - IP Logged

              should you?  no.  it's a nice gesture if you do, but there's nothing requiring you to tip. guess it just depends on the person.  i'll tip and let you know how the clerk responds lol.

              Ok, I'm looking forward to hearing about  it.

              I wonder if some stores would forbid their clerks to even accepting tips anyway.

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                Posted: October 20, 2013, 9:57 pm - IP Logged

                last wek i gave the store clerk $100, from a $640 lucky 3 win.

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                  Posted: October 20, 2013, 10:07 pm - IP Logged

                  last wek i gave the store clerk $100, from a $640 lucky 3 win.

                  I've never won a jackpot but if I did I wouldn't tip anyone.  The stores where I buy my tickets have different clerks all of which I've had dealings with so unless I had a special relationship with one I would have no reason to tip any of them.

                  What others decide to do don't concern me.

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                    Posted: October 20, 2013, 11:46 pm - IP Logged

                    I'd like to know how others feel about this.  I was in a store the other day & the clerk told me someone gave her $100 of a win they got...she didn't say how much they won & I didn't ask but here's my feeling about it. She said she had gotten "tips" before also.  I told her I thought she could buy her own tickets like I have to do.

                    I don't think I should give them anything because they could buy their own scratch cards or p3 tickets or whatever.  They did not help me get the win...all they did was sell me the scratch card or ticket.  That's part of their job.

                    So, how do you all feel about it?

                    If l am buying tickets at a store- the last thing l want to hear from the Clerk is " Tip Talk". Let's ponder on this for a sec, if one ate in a fine restaurant and depending on how good the service was, some people would start tipping at 15%. If one won $1,000,000 and the 15% tip factor kicked in, there is no way l would tip the clerk $150,000.

                    As someone previously mentioned, the Store gets their " cut" for selling the winning ticket. If l am to give a tip, it will come from the generosity of my heart and not at the prodding of the clerk.

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                      Posted: October 21, 2013, 4:14 am - IP Logged

                      Should? Absolutely no.

                      Even if they do give someone a tip, how many times have they given tips that led to no winnings? I bet they didn't give the person any money for the bad tip.

                       

                      I would tip the clerk depending only on who the clerk was. I go to the same store a lot so see the same clerks over and over. If I hit the jackpot I would tip them a good amount, but if it was anyone else then no.

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                        Should? Absolutely no.

                        Even if they do give someone a tip, how many times have they given tips that led to no winnings? I bet they didn't give the person any money for the bad tip.

                         

                        I would tip the clerk depending only on who the clerk was. I go to the same store a lot so see the same clerks over and over. If I hit the jackpot I would tip them a good amount, but if it was anyone else then no.

                        once i got a miday pick instead of a nite draw and i won 500. i gave her a tip for a mistake  she made but i would n't  have won if she had not made the error.

                        i want to be a millionaire a second time!

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                          once i got a miday pick instead of a nite draw and i won 500. i gave her a tip for a mistake  she made but i would n't  have won if she had not made the error.

                          In that case I guess it was a nice gesture I guess!

                          Thanks to everybody for your input on this subject.

                          If I got a huge win my first thought would be to my family for sure!

                          BUT I know the sister of the man who won 12 million in the mega millions drawing here in NC around 2 or 3 years ago (don't know him though) & I asked her if he gave her any money & she said (no not a dime & he used one of my birthday numbers too!)

                          I was so shocked & said I was then she said...well I didn't need it...I think he got somewhere around 9 million after taxes or something like that....he waited the limit to come forward to get all his ducks in a row & then bought a winnabago & he & his wife took off across the country...also bought a house in Florida.

                          I used to buy my tickets on the way home from work at the lottery claims office here & after he won one of them told me he used to come in there beforehand & ask lots of questions about (if) a person got a huge win...they said they had suspected he had won a big one by the questions he asked them & found out later he did.

                          He had played the same numbers for a long long time & they all finally hit...the funny thing is his wife told him that night all of his numbers hit & all he said was (that's good)...no jumping up & down or anything...I would have had a "hissy fit"!Big Grin Angel


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                            Posted: October 21, 2013, 12:19 pm - IP Logged

                            I haven't had the pleasure of being able to do that, but I hopoe one day I'll be able to have that option...if I so desire to

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                              Posted: October 21, 2013, 1:56 pm - IP Logged

                              I probably would give a small tip. At the store I buy most tickets, the clerk usually asks about my girlfriend's kids. I'll give him a tip if I felt I've own enough to do so.

                              I will quit playing the lottery, as soon as I break even.