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What would you do if some stranger hands you a jackpot ticket?

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Posted: December 9, 2013, 7:13 pm - IP Logged

What would you do if someone handed you a jackpot winning ticket? Would you say Yes or No and what would be your reaction if that happened to you..

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    Posted: December 9, 2013, 7:16 pm - IP Logged

    I would ask what's the catch?  I assume they can't cash it for one reason or another.  At any rate, I'd stay clear away from this potential mess.

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      Posted: December 9, 2013, 7:20 pm - IP Logged

      I would ask what's the catch?  I assume they can't cash it for one reason or another.  At any rate, I'd stay clear away from this potential mess.

      The catch here is assuming someone would hand a jackpot winning ticket to a stranger.

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        Posted: December 9, 2013, 7:22 pm - IP Logged

        Folks who believed someone handed them a jackpot winning ticket usually ended up getting scammed.

        Folks who still believe in Santa Claus are too young or too dumb to be cashing a lottery ticket.

         * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
           
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          Posted: December 9, 2013, 7:44 pm - IP Logged

          Folks who believed someone handed them a jackpot winning ticket usually ended up getting scammed.

          Folks who still believe in Santa Claus are too young or too dumb to be cashing a lottery ticket.

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            Posted: December 9, 2013, 7:51 pm - IP Logged

            What would you do if someone handed you a jackpot winning ticket? Would you say Yes or No and what would be your reaction if that happened to you..

            I would say get the F%#K out of here,keep it, I have my own.Drum

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              Posted: December 9, 2013, 8:21 pm - IP Logged

              Folks who believed someone handed them a jackpot winning ticket usually ended up getting scammed.

              Folks who still believe in Santa Claus are too young or too dumb to be cashing a lottery ticket.

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                Posted: December 9, 2013, 8:26 pm - IP Logged

                What would you do if someone handed you a jackpot winning ticket? Would you say Yes or No and what would be your reaction if that happened to you..

                I'd say "thank you".

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                  Posted: December 9, 2013, 9:40 pm - IP Logged

                  I would figure it to be a gypsy "I can't cash the ticket" scam.

                  Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

                  Lep

                  There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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                    Posted: December 9, 2013, 10:19 pm - IP Logged

                    You watched that movie with Nick Cage... didn't you?

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                      Posted: December 10, 2013, 11:20 am - IP Logged

                      I'd discuss it long enough to make sure they didn't want anything in return.  If they just want to pay me for cashing it, even if it was a few million payment after taxes, I'd say no thanks.  If they just didn't want the ticket, I'd find out where they got it, hopefully including the store it was purchased at, and say thank you.  Try to get a licence plate as they drove off, write down a description, etc. in case it turns out the ticket was stolen or something.

                      Then I'd take it home and check to make sure it was a winner.  Then I'd call a lawyer.  If I did end up taking it to the lottery to cash, I'd be completely up front about how I came to acquire the ticket --  I may not have a comfortable life, but I'm pretty sure it's better than prison life.

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                        Posted: December 10, 2013, 5:39 pm - IP Logged

                        What would you do if some stranger hands you a jackpot ticket?

                        For the life of me I cannot imagine how these questions help you or anybody else LOL

                        Alright I'll take bait. Supposing a Jehova Witness or Muslim guy handed me a winning PB ticket because he felt guilty for sinning/doing haram and wanted to not sin/ do haram any more I would take it and go cash it. I would be honest with the lottery commission if they asked me how I obtained the ticket.

                        That money's gone fo ever

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                          Posted: December 10, 2013, 7:42 pm - IP Logged

                          What would you do if some stranger hands you a jackpot ticket?

                          For the life of me I cannot imagine how these questions help you or anybody else LOL

                          Alright I'll take bait. Supposing a Jehova Witness or Muslim guy handed me a winning PB ticket because he felt guilty for sinning/doing haram and wanted to not sin/ do haram any more I would take it and go cash it. I would be honest with the lottery commission if they asked me how I obtained the ticket.

                          Following up on your honesty, I guess this is what I'd do if somebody gave me a winning  jackpot ticket:

                          I'd do my best to get them to go with me to the nearest lawyer and swear out an affidavit in front of as many witnesses as possible stating that they were giving me the ticket, that it was a freely given gift, that they wanted nothing in return, and that I had given tthem nothing in return.

                          I'd probably feel bad when the IRS came to them to demand they pay the gift tax.

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                            Posted: December 10, 2013, 10:02 pm - IP Logged

                            Following up on your honesty, I guess this is what I'd do if somebody gave me a winning  jackpot ticket:

                            I'd do my best to get them to go with me to the nearest lawyer and swear out an affidavit in front of as many witnesses as possible stating that they were giving me the ticket, that it was a freely given gift, that they wanted nothing in return, and that I had given tthem nothing in return.

                            I'd probably feel bad when the IRS came to them to demand they pay the gift tax.

                            Does gift tax really apply here? many people receive lottery tickets from family/friends during christmas and the ticket giver does not get slapped with gift tax even when the winner claims and informs the press that the ticket was actually a gift. I think since the ticket is a bearer instrument and it was not reported stolen then you would be home free. I guess if you want to have absolutely no leakage at all then you could have the lawyer do the affidavit.

                            That money's gone fo ever

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                              Posted: December 11, 2013, 2:49 am - IP Logged

                              Does gift tax really apply here? many people receive lottery tickets from family/friends during christmas and the ticket giver does not get slapped with gift tax even when the winner claims and informs the press that the ticket was actually a gift. I think since the ticket is a bearer instrument and it was not reported stolen then you would be home free. I guess if you want to have absolutely no leakage at all then you could have the lawyer do the affidavit.

                              I think I've read somewhere that gifting after the ticket has won is different than simply gifting a ticket for a later draw (or a later scratch).

                              The reason they gave is because it's no longer a $1, $2, $3, $5, $10, $20 or $50 ticket, but rather the hundreds of thousands or millions, which would be taxable as a gift.