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Poll: You lost your lottery ticket but have a photo copy

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Does the lottery accept the photo copy?

Yes [ 5 ]  [18.52%]
No [ 22 ]  [81.48%]
Total Valid Votes [ 27 ]  
Discarded Votes [ 3 ]  
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Posted: January 25, 2016, 10:00 am - IP Logged

I remember there was an incident in Texas a few years ago when someone purchased the winning ticket and made a photocopy with a laser printer and somehow alerted the winning ticket. The surveillance footage showed the man buying https://www.lotterypost.com/news/214048 the ticket.

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    Posted: January 26, 2016, 11:18 am - IP Logged

    I remember there was an incident in Texas a few years ago when someone purchased the winning ticket and made a photocopy with a laser printer and somehow alerted the winning ticket. The surveillance footage showed the man buying https://www.lotterypost.com/news/214048 the ticket.

    I read this.   I think a lot of other things really help this person case. A ticket purchase at the same time at the store . Total match where the ticket was buy from the roll. The paper being borrow from another store of the retailer chain, the tape inside the store showing him purchase it. Put it all together, it proof his case.

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      Posted: January 26, 2016, 12:38 pm - IP Logged

      Has anyone heard about the Australian woman that posted a selfie of herself holding a wining horse race ticket and one of her Facebook friends claimed the prize?

      They printed the picture of her holding the ticket and went to a lottery terminal and scanned the picture of the bar code.

      When she took the actual ticket to cash, she was told it had already been cashed.

      A bar code reader doesn't know the difference between a photo copy or an actual ticket.

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        Posted: January 26, 2016, 1:16 pm - IP Logged

        Has anyone heard about the Australian woman that posted a selfie of herself holding a wining horse race ticket and one of her Facebook friends claimed the prize?

        They printed the picture of her holding the ticket and went to a lottery terminal and scanned the picture of the bar code.

        When she took the actual ticket to cash, she was told it had already been cashed.

        A bar code reader doesn't know the difference between a photo copy or an actual ticket.

        I think that was on LP news maybe 2-3 months ago.

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          Posted: January 26, 2016, 1:43 pm - IP Logged

          It says right on the back of the ticket - no photocopies, no counterfeiting, no tampering, no mutilation, etc.  I assume they will do whatever they can to avoid paying out a prize.  Best to just keep your tickets safe haha.

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            Posted: January 26, 2016, 1:52 pm - IP Logged

            It says right on the back of the ticket - no photocopies, no counterfeiting, no tampering, no mutilation, etc.  I assume they will do whatever they can to avoid paying out a prize.  Best to just keep your tickets safe haha.

            I do know in the 80's, you may be able to research, but I recall, California paying off on a photocopy. I could be wrong , you should be able to verify.

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              Posted: January 27, 2016, 11:10 am - IP Logged

              I do know in the 80's, you may be able to research, but I recall, California paying off on a photocopy. I could be wrong , you should be able to verify.

              Probably, but the 80s was a looooong time ago (relatively speaking).

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                Posted: January 27, 2016, 5:41 pm - IP Logged

                In Wisconsin, a person can mail the signed ticket to the lottery office.  (I guess for smaller winnings most people would do that rather than drive a hundred miles or so).  The lottery suggests (if people mail their ticket in) to make a photocopy of it.  So I would guess a photocopy of a ticket with the bar code would be valid.  I voted yes.

                Oops...I need to change my vote.  I emailed the Wisconsin lottery and they told me that they can only pay-out on an "actual ticket".   So in other words... DON'T LOSE THAT TICKET!  So much for mailing a ticket in.

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                  Posted: January 28, 2016, 10:39 am - IP Logged

                  Oops...I need to change my vote.  I emailed the Wisconsin lottery and they told me that they can only pay-out on an "actual ticket".   So in other words... DON'T LOSE THAT TICKET!  So much for mailing a ticket in.

                  OMG - I would never mail in a winning ticket!!

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                    Posted: January 29, 2016, 5:46 pm - IP Logged

                    OMG - I would never mail in a winning ticket!!

                    So if you won $700.00 and the lottery office was 200 miles away, would you miss work for a day to drive 400 miles round trip for $700.00?  I really think the lottery should accept photocopies of winning tickets.   The photocopies would have bar codes on them too, which would be impossible to duplicate.  And don't forget, the state and feds would also tax that amount.  LOL!

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