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California 1/3 Billion Dollar Powerball Ticket Lost?

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Posted: April 15, 2016, 4:58 pm - IP Logged

At first I thought the recent winners of the California 1/3 Powerball Billion Dollar Jackpot were laying low.

But now I'm thinking the ticket may be lost.

Only time will tell

Any ideas?

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    Posted: April 15, 2016, 9:22 pm - IP Logged

    I was wondering if someone lost it?

     It's been a long time. Honestly by this point, wouldn't an advisor  say your losing interest on the money by not claiming it.

    They are already required to take installment payments I believe.  I know the California lottery says they don't release video anymore of winners to try and bring them forward.  For their safety probably.

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      Posted: April 15, 2016, 9:40 pm - IP Logged

      It would definitely be a nice surprise when it is cashed in. But my vote is, LOST.Sad

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        Posted: April 15, 2016, 11:10 pm - IP Logged

        My vote is that it was purchased by an illegal, undocumented-scurry-across-the-border-without-even-bothering-to-apply-for-an-entry-visa alien who cannot understand English and who has no idea what that ticket represents. Yes, if my African wife must go through the formal visa process, then I definitely think that economic migrants of Mexican or respective Central American country citizenship also must go through the same formal process. That is only right and fair...not racist. It looks like California is going to get a much needed cash injection!

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          Posted: April 15, 2016, 11:21 pm - IP Logged

          I have it but I came back to NY...I m a bit lazy can't cash it in NY...need to go back to californiA

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            Posted: April 16, 2016, 3:29 am - IP Logged

            "They are already required to take installment payments I believe."

            I think the Florida winners had to claim within 60 days if they wanted the lump sum, but that's based on Florida lottery rules that only allow the annuity if you wait longer before claiming. I believe California has no such rule, so the IRS rule is the only one that matters, and the IRS allows 60 days from the date you file the claim.

            There could be any number of reasons for waiting. Besides consulting advisors and getting suitable legal entities in place they could be working hard at making themselves as invisible a possible. That takes a while for most people.

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              Posted: April 16, 2016, 1:31 pm - IP Logged

              "They are already required to take installment payments I believe."

              I think the Florida winners had to claim within 60 days if they wanted the lump sum, but that's based on Florida lottery rules that only allow the annuity if you wait longer before claiming. I believe California has no such rule, so the IRS rule is the only one that matters, and the IRS allows 60 days from the date you file the claim.

              There could be any number of reasons for waiting. Besides consulting advisors and getting suitable legal entities in place they could be working hard at making themselves as invisible a possible. That takes a while for most people.

              KY Floyd, You have it correct in regards to California and IRS rules.

               It does take some time to make appointments with lawyers, financial advisers, insurance agents, tax attorney, trust and estate attorney, Certified Financial Planner CFP, media specialist, psychologists, MD's , and others.

               I believe that California will allow you to request minimal publicity. No press event, no grip and grin photos, no written statements of what you say while doing the paperwork, 

               Personally, I will ask to distribute my written statement which will include my Lottery Post membership. I will run this by Todd before I cash in.

               At least we do not have crowds searching for the lost ticket. Yet.Party

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                Posted: April 16, 2016, 2:18 pm - IP Logged

                Just noticed that the bridesmaid prize from the Mega Millions jackpot last night was won in the Bay Area... Sweet!

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                  Posted: April 16, 2016, 5:06 pm - IP Logged

                   Yes noise-gate, The winning ticket was purchased in Fremont. That is just North of San Jose,CA. It is worth a little more than one million dollars. Still a life changing amount.

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                    Posted: April 16, 2016, 5:26 pm - IP Logged

                     Yes noise-gate, The winning ticket was purchased in Fremont. That is just North of San Jose,CA. It is worth a little more than one million dollars. Still a life changing amount.

                     Somebody is a Happy Camper today!

                    You know Man, this is why l play- to experience that adrenalin rush Music.To check your numbers soon after or the next day only to find out that " someone- hopefully you ".. In the neighborhood  bagged 1st or 2nd prize. That would instantly send a shiver up my do-ba-ree, or as Deadpool would say " that's right up Main Street." When you win, you allowed to break out in a sweat..

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                      Posted: April 16, 2016, 9:03 pm - IP Logged

                      At first I thought the recent winners of the California 1/3 Powerball Billion Dollar Jackpot were laying low.

                      But now I'm thinking the ticket may be lost.

                      Only time will tell

                      Any ideas?

                      According to CNN Money,  About $2 billion in lottery prizes go unclaimed every year. Many of those tickets are worth between $1 and $5, but some folks never realize that they have a life-changing prize in their pocket.

                      Roughly 114 prizes worth $1 million or more went unclaimed in 2015.

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                        Posted: April 16, 2016, 10:08 pm - IP Logged

                        I can (sort of) understand how somebody fails to realize they've got a ticket that won $1 million. When you buy a ticket for a jackpot game you're hoping to win the jackpot, and it's fairly easy to more or less ignore the reports about the 2nd place winners.

                        I know that a few really large prizes have gone unclaimed, but I really can't imagine somebody simply not realizing they have a ticket that will put $200 million in their pocket. That jackpot got an incredibly enormous amount of publicity. If it does go unclaimed I've got to figure that the winner died without telling anybody (and the ticket wasn't found), or perhaps somebody lost one of several QP's.

                        I'm still assuming that  the winner is just somebody who knows they've got the rest of their life to enjoy the money and is being careful to make sure they have all their ducks in a row. If I ever win a jackpot I doubt that I'd be claiming in anything under 2 months, and assuming my name was going t be publicized I'd be happy to wait longer while working to scrub Google results that might offer any clues about me.

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                          Posted: April 16, 2016, 10:35 pm - IP Logged

                          Maybe someone bought a ton of quick picks (50+) and just overlooked the JP winning one. It'd be easy to do with 50+ lines of numbers staring back at you.


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                            Posted: April 17, 2016, 12:24 pm - IP Logged

                            I hope it is a lost ticket! lol

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                              Posted: April 17, 2016, 12:43 pm - IP Logged

                              Maybe someone bought a ton of quick picks (50+) and just overlooked the JP winning one. It'd be easy to do with 50+ lines of numbers staring back at you.

                              You'd think they'd notice that the powerball matched and take that to cash it for a few bucks.  That's pretty easy to see, at least for me.  I occasionally miss a matching white ball, but never a powerball.  I know because I scan all of my tickets even if I think they're losers.