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Scratch off dilemma. What should I do?

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Posted: January 30, 2014, 8:49 pm - IP Logged

I collect losing scratch offs. Today I was at a gas station and saw a guy scratching several $20 and $25 scratch offs. I asked if I could have his losers, he gave them to me. I left the store and when I looked over them I saw that one of them won. It was only $25 but I still think hat I should go back to the store and try to get in touch with him. Am I crazy? Should I just count his as good luck or try to find the rightful owner?

You gotta be in it to win it.

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    Posted: January 30, 2014, 9:12 pm - IP Logged

    It depends, if he is a casual player and that you feel bad then give it back to him. He may have given you all the tickets without rechecking to see if he had won or he may have inadvertantly given it to you without realizing it's a winner.

    Go with your gut telling you to do.

    playing what can be afforded...spend half of what was reclaimed.

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      Posted: January 30, 2014, 9:41 pm - IP Logged

      I collect losing scratch offs. Today I was at a gas station and saw a guy scratching several $20 and $25 scratch offs. I asked if I could have his losers, he gave them to me. I left the store and when I looked over them I saw that one of them won. It was only $25 but I still think hat I should go back to the store and try to get in touch with him. Am I crazy? Should I just count his as good luck or try to find the rightful owner?

      I asked if I could have his losers, he GAVE them to me.

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        Posted: January 30, 2014, 10:40 pm - IP Logged

        Well, He rightfully gave them to you.. so it's not your fault..  It's yours now... If you have seen this person many times before.. Give it back if you want... But if it was someone you only seen once in your life and probably will never see again...  What a person does not know won't hurt em... Count your blessings.. If you feel weird about it still..pay it forward... donate it to charity.. Hyper

        It Takes More Than a Dollar and a Dream :)

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          Posted: January 30, 2014, 10:48 pm - IP Logged

          I collect losing scratch offs. Today I was at a gas station and saw a guy scratching several $20 and $25 scratch offs. I asked if I could have his losers, he gave them to me. I left the store and when I looked over them I saw that one of them won. It was only $25 but I still think hat I should go back to the store and try to get in touch with him. Am I crazy? Should I just count his as good luck or try to find the rightful owner?

          Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

          Would you want it returned if it was yours?

          He may have realized later that he put that winner in with the losers he gave you.

          Do the right thing and return it. 

          You'll feel good about yourself and good things will come back to you.

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            Posted: January 30, 2014, 11:41 pm - IP Logged

            Let your conscious be your guide....Just remember, Karma has away coming back(good or bad)

            Stay Positive, Believe and good things will come your way

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              Posted: January 31, 2014, 1:27 am - IP Logged

              I would give it back. Those losing tickets may help out big time if you can use them.

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                Posted: January 31, 2014, 10:58 am - IP Logged

                I collect losing scratch offs. Today I was at a gas station and saw a guy scratching several $20 and $25 scratch offs. I asked if I could have his losers, he gave them to me. I left the store and when I looked over them I saw that one of them won. It was only $25 but I still think hat I should go back to the store and try to get in touch with him. Am I crazy? Should I just count his as good luck or try to find the rightful owner?

                "I collect losing scratch offs.......I asked if I could have his losers, he gave them to me."

                Since you were only interested in collecting losers why do even have to think about giving his winner back?

                 * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                   
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                  Posted: January 31, 2014, 11:02 am - IP Logged

                  I collect losing scratch offs. Today I was at a gas station and saw a guy scratching several $20 and $25 scratch offs. I asked if I could have his losers, he gave them to me. I left the store and when I looked over them I saw that one of them won. It was only $25 but I still think hat I should go back to the store and try to get in touch with him. Am I crazy? Should I just count his as good luck or try to find the rightful owner?

                  To help clarify your moral dilemma, change $25 to $25,000 and then see what your gut reaction is.

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                    Posted: January 31, 2014, 12:29 pm - IP Logged

                    .................karma........... the good the bad the ugly..........

                    some day....some day

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                      Posted: January 31, 2014, 1:48 pm - IP Logged

                      I would at least go back to the station and ask the clerk.  It's possible that by you asking, he didn't check his tickets as carefully as he normally does because you were standing there waiting for him to hand you the tickets.  Perhaps, the guy was a passerby and there would be no way to return the ticket, but at least you tried.

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                        Posted: January 31, 2014, 4:44 pm - IP Logged

                        As I anticipated, split reactions. Yea it's not like I've ever seen this guy before and I don't even normally buy my lottery tickets there. After work though I'm going to stop by and ask if he is a regular and leave my business card. If no one calls me in 30 days i think I'll cash it.

                        You gotta be in it to win it.