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Where do you do your ticket shopping?

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Lavender Rocket

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Posted: January 31, 2016, 10:28 am - IP Logged

I go across the street from where I work.

I'm pretty consistent (as in always) - but I have wondered - for the sake of anonymity - wouldn't it be a better idea to consistently go to random places so that you aren't recognized as a winner?  If wouldn't matter for me - my state doesn't allow anonymity - but for those that do?

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    Posted: January 31, 2016, 10:52 am - IP Logged

    I used to buy my tickets at that convenience store (Allsups) and not but a couple of weeks after the Texas Lotto started, I hit on 4 of 6  for $79.  I took the ticket back to the store to cash it in and the mgr. said I'd have to take my winnings in a money order.  I didn't like that, but agreed.  When I got the M.O., it was for $78.51 - they had taken out the cost of the M.O. !!!  I protested but didn't get very far.  "It's not that much money." the mgr. informed me.  "If it's not that much money," I retorted, "then why don't YOU pay it?"  A few weeks later I hit 4 of 6 again, but this time before claiming, I called the Texas Lottery commission in Austin and asked them if the charge on my winnings was legal.  I was informed it wasn't.  I went on up to the store and told them I wanted to be paid, but NOT with a M.O. and definitely not charged for one.  "Take it or leave it." said the mgr.   I went home and called the conv. store corporate office and they pretty much said the same thing.  I called the lottery commission again and told them what was happening.  "We'll sort it out." they assured me. 

    Long story short, I later got a call from Austin, telling me to cash in my ticket, that they had taken care of it.  (the chain had been threatened with the loss of their lottery sales from all their stores in Texas.)  I spent several times more than the .49 cents on phone calls but this was one of those times where the principal really WAS the thing and not the money.

    BRAVO !

    Just love it when the little guy wins.

    You spent several times .49 but I wonder how much that corp. lost since that happened ?

    Maybe started paying in cash ?

     

    BTW, I like that line "Then why don't you pay for it ? "

    Mind if I use that ?

    Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds    -- Charles Mackay  LL.D.

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      Posted: January 31, 2016, 8:42 pm - IP Logged

      I used to buy my tickets at that convenience store (Allsups) and not but a couple of weeks after the Texas Lotto started, I hit on 4 of 6  for $79.  I took the ticket back to the store to cash it in and the mgr. said I'd have to take my winnings in a money order.  I didn't like that, but agreed.  When I got the M.O., it was for $78.51 - they had taken out the cost of the M.O. !!!  I protested but didn't get very far.  "It's not that much money." the mgr. informed me.  "If it's not that much money," I retorted, "then why don't YOU pay it?"  A few weeks later I hit 4 of 6 again, but this time before claiming, I called the Texas Lottery commission in Austin and asked them if the charge on my winnings was legal.  I was informed it wasn't.  I went on up to the store and told them I wanted to be paid, but NOT with a M.O. and definitely not charged for one.  "Take it or leave it." said the mgr.   I went home and called the conv. store corporate office and they pretty much said the same thing.  I called the lottery commission again and told them what was happening.  "We'll sort it out." they assured me. 

      Long story short, I later got a call from Austin, telling me to cash in my ticket, that they had taken care of it.  (the chain had been threatened with the loss of their lottery sales from all their stores in Texas.)  I spent several times more than the .49 cents on phone calls but this was one of those times where the principal really WAS the thing and not the money.

      Good for you for speaking up. That chain was most likely doing that all over the state, essentially screwing their customers. Then once they realized THEY could be screwed out of a lot more in the loss of lottery sales they cleaned up their act.
      Unfortunately, this type of thing probably happens a lot more often then we realize.

      "You can observe a lot just by watching." Yogi Berra, Hall of Fame baseball player.

      The numbers will tell you what numbers to play. Pay attention to the numbers.

      Don't just think outside the box, crush it.

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        Posted: January 31, 2016, 9:02 pm - IP Logged

        I buy my tickets wherever I happen to be that sells them.

        I do have a few places that I frequent, but I am as random in my purchases as the lottery is with picking numbers.

        I just hope that one day I am in the right place at the right time and buy that jackpot winning ticket. 

        The Meatman

        “The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it in your back pocket.” Will Rogers

        Winning happens in a flash, Like A Bolt Of Lightning!  Patriot

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          Posted: January 31, 2016, 9:35 pm - IP Logged

          BRAVO !

          Just love it when the little guy wins.

          You spent several times .49 but I wonder how much that corp. lost since that happened ?

          Maybe started paying in cash ?

           

          BTW, I like that line "Then why don't you pay for it ? "

          Mind if I use that ?

          No, I don't mind at all.  I certainly don't have the phrase trademarked.

          I think they still pay w/ a m.o.  It's their own branded "financial instrument", guess it would be called.  I don't know b/c I haven't won anything significant since that time. I believe they pay their vendors w/ money orders, too.   They've been robbed so many times, the daytime clerks are required to make frequent "drops" to the under counter safe and the night shift isn't supposed to have more than $20 in the register. (meaning they can't TAKE a twenty in payment for small purchases - it's a huge hassle for both clerks and customers, another reason I don't stop at their stores very often)

          I think they do fairly well with their money order business.  I dated an inventory specialist who worked for the company and she told me they made a significant amt. of money in interest from the time they deposited the money they got for the m.o. until they had to pay it when it finally reached the corporation's main bank.  It wouldn't seem like it would be that much, but people who buy them are usually those w/out bank accounts and they need a secure way to send a payment via mail.   From the time the m.o. purchase was made and the time it spent in transit in the mail until the corporation had to pay it, it could be a week or longer.  Anyway, that's how it was explained to me.

          She also told me how they could make money selling burritos 4/$1 and how much money the company made by not putting in any hot sauce w/ the burritos but making the customer ask for the packets.


          A people that elect corrupt politicians, impostors, thieves and traitors are not victims...but accomplices.
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            Posted: January 31, 2016, 9:52 pm - IP Logged

            Good for you for speaking up. That chain was most likely doing that all over the state, essentially screwing their customers. Then once they realized THEY could be screwed out of a lot more in the loss of lottery sales they cleaned up their act.
            Unfortunately, this type of thing probably happens a lot more often then we realize.

            Yep, and they not only screw their customers, they don't much care about their employees, either. 

            Speaking of speaking up - people need to do that more often.  If you're not satisfied w/ the service at an establishment, if you've been treated poorly, you need to tell someone who can do something about it.   It's not just in retail situations, but also w/ anything to do w/ govt. too.  I know a guy from S. Texas who was having problems getting his tax refund from the IRS, so he finally contacted Ted Cruz's office and a few weeks later he got the check in the mail with interest!  "The squeaky wheel gets the grease."

            It's the same thing w/ anonymity for lottery winners.  If your state doesn't offer it, then whining about it in a lottery forum does absolutely nothing to make it become policy.  If you're too lazy to pick up the phone, don't care enough to bang out an email or can't be bothered to scribble a few lines in a letter, then there's no way it becomes law.  You can't be heard unless you speak up...and sometimes you have to speak loudly to BE heard.

            "You" - not "you" specifically, but anyone who gripes about it...and that's ALL they do about it.

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              Posted: February 1, 2016, 12:02 am - IP Logged

              l never buy lottery tickets in my city of residence- Ever. Started buying elsewhere after a local residence won a couple years ago and ended up moving out the the city because not only was his face plastered on tv, but people recognized him and there were folks dropping by with fruit baskets, requests for money and who knows what ... you get the point. No thank you. 

              People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.