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Posted: April 19, 2016, 1:58 pm - IP Logged

The OP may never find out, but if the ticket was authorized by the central computer, which seems likely based on their account, then the lottery has a record and knows what the numbers were. If I'd successfully gotten tickets before hand I'd have spent $1 on another ticket afterwards, just so the unprinted tickets would be sandwiched between my other tickets. That  should go along way towards offering proof on the off chance that the missing tickets turn out to be worth anything meaningful.

I had purchased two tickets immediately before but the machine was dead once the printer jammed. I believe the numbers exist somewhere and I sent off an overnight letter to thd head of the gaming commission. Interested to see if they reply. Meanwhile I'll be checking to if there are any winners from this location

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    Posted: April 24, 2016, 8:58 am - IP Logged

    This morning I purchased two lottery tickets for this week's Mega and Power from a vending machine.  They were quick picks.  The computer definitely generated two sets of numbers but the printer jammed and no tickets were printed.  When they opened the machine and pulled out the ticket paper it was all blank.  There was just a young kid working there who knew nothing.  I have since been told that the computer will void the first ticket that jammed but the second ticket (the powerball) should print as usual.  The manager was at his home far away and told me over the phone he would take care of it and contact me.  I am not that trusting.  I did successfully purchase two other quick pick tickets immediately before the malfunction so I have the exact time period.  I have also been told that there is an internal record of each ticket serial number.  I have already composed a letter to the legal head of the state's lottery commission for overnight delivery.  I know that the odds of this being a winning ticket are astronomical, but stranger things have happened.  What do you think my chances are of getting my ticket with whatever numbers had been generated or having that  ticket voided as well?

    Did you win?

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      Posted: April 24, 2016, 6:32 pm - IP Logged

      I've been in at least one store in PA that only had a vending machine. Since it was a chain store I'm figuring that's likely to be the case in many, or perhaps even all, of their stores. Pretty sure it was a Wawa.

      I've used vending machines a few times, but not all that many. I've always gotten my tickets, but I had to get an employee to help once because the machine took my $2 and then wouldn't read my bet slip. As a rough guess that means a failure rate of perhaps 10% for my experience with the machines.

      No, not all. Wawa does the instant vends and I don't like going there.

      I'd rather have a clerk for daily/weekly games.

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        Posted: April 24, 2016, 6:37 pm - IP Logged

        I had purchased two tickets immediately before but the machine was dead once the printer jammed. I believe the numbers exist somewhere and I sent off an overnight letter to thd head of the gaming commission. Interested to see if they reply. Meanwhile I'll be checking to if there are any winners from this location

        Chances are they're voided by now. I don't think they'll give you any more than replacement tickets

        or just let the store handle it. I highly doubt you'll get the same numbers that were generated but chewed

        up....too much extra work in that process for someone.

        Did the manager call you?

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          This morning I purchased two lottery tickets for this week's Mega and Power from a vending machine.  They were quick picks.  The computer definitely generated two sets of numbers but the printer jammed and no tickets were printed.  When they opened the machine and pulled out the ticket paper it was all blank.  There was just a young kid working there who knew nothing.  I have since been told that the computer will void the first ticket that jammed but the second ticket (the powerball) should print as usual.  The manager was at his home far away and told me over the phone he would take care of it and contact me.  I am not that trusting.  I did successfully purchase two other quick pick tickets immediately before the malfunction so I have the exact time period.  I have also been told that there is an internal record of each ticket serial number.  I have already composed a letter to the legal head of the state's lottery commission for overnight delivery.  I know that the odds of this being a winning ticket are astronomical, but stranger things have happened.  What do you think my chances are of getting my ticket with whatever numbers had been generated or having that  ticket voided as well?

          Let it go, create some positive Karma and come back stronger.

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            Posted: April 25, 2016, 9:48 am - IP Logged

            I had an issue with a vending machine this past Saturday. I usually play the same #'s for Power ball so I  will use the same  play ticket a few times, well this past Saturday the machine ate my ticket. I mean I got my money back and just filled out another ticket. But I guess even though the ticket was in good condition they can maybe still feel worn out according to the machine. Now sure otherwise why it would eat it.

            Take Risks: If you win, you'll be happy.  If you lose, you will be wiser...

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              Posted: May 1, 2016, 5:40 pm - IP Logged

              This morning I purchased two lottery tickets for this week's Mega and Power from a vending machine.  They were quick picks.  The computer definitely generated two sets of numbers but the printer jammed and no tickets were printed.  When they opened the machine and pulled out the ticket paper it was all blank.  There was just a young kid working there who knew nothing.  I have since been told that the computer will void the first ticket that jammed but the second ticket (the powerball) should print as usual.  The manager was at his home far away and told me over the phone he would take care of it and contact me.  I am not that trusting.  I did successfully purchase two other quick pick tickets immediately before the malfunction so I have the exact time period.  I have also been told that there is an internal record of each ticket serial number.  I have already composed a letter to the legal head of the state's lottery commission for overnight delivery.  I know that the odds of this being a winning ticket are astronomical, but stranger things have happened.  What do you think my chances are of getting my ticket with whatever numbers had been generated or having that  ticket voided as well?

              If the first ticket didn't print, why would you try and print a second ticket?

              I think your chances are of getting a ticket with whatever numbers had been generated are more than the odds off wining the jackpot of the lottery game you were playing. Somewhere between slim and none.

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                Posted: May 1, 2016, 5:50 pm - IP Logged

                If the first ticket didn't print, why would you try and print a second ticket?

                I think your chances are of getting a ticket with whatever numbers had been generated are more than the odds off wining the jackpot of the lottery game you were playing. Somewhere between slim and none.

                No NoThudChair

                Same thing I said, his chances on retrieving the original quick pick that failed to print range from slim to none.

                If anything, they'll probably give him a coupon for a free ticket.

                Never used one of these machines myself, but that seems to be a good point in regard to the print sequence, unless maybe you can make more than 1 selection in advance and it all gets printed or jammed at the same time (?)

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                  Posted: May 8, 2016, 7:33 am - IP Logged

                  This morning I purchased two lottery tickets for this week's Mega and Power from a vending machine.  They were quick picks.  The computer definitely generated two sets of numbers but the printer jammed and no tickets were printed.  When they opened the machine and pulled out the ticket paper it was all blank.  There was just a young kid working there who knew nothing.  I have since been told that the computer will void the first ticket that jammed but the second ticket (the powerball) should print as usual.  The manager was at his home far away and told me over the phone he would take care of it and contact me.  I am not that trusting.  I did successfully purchase two other quick pick tickets immediately before the malfunction so I have the exact time period.  I have also been told that there is an internal record of each ticket serial number.  I have already composed a letter to the legal head of the state's lottery commission for overnight delivery.  I know that the odds of this being a winning ticket are astronomical, but stranger things have happened.  What do you think my chances are of getting my ticket with whatever numbers had been generated or having that  ticket voided as well?

                  One of the reasons I play by subscription!

                  We all get a lot out of lotteries!

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                    Posted: May 8, 2016, 8:19 am - IP Logged

                    Nice story Wally, and you made the right moves. I would stay on this until the end. Smash

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                      Posted: May 8, 2016, 8:57 pm - IP Logged

                      This morning I purchased two lottery tickets for this week's Mega and Power from a vending machine.  They were quick picks.  The computer definitely generated two sets of numbers but the printer jammed and no tickets were printed.  When they opened the machine and pulled out the ticket paper it was all blank.  There was just a young kid working there who knew nothing.  I have since been told that the computer will void the first ticket that jammed but the second ticket (the powerball) should print as usual.  The manager was at his home far away and told me over the phone he would take care of it and contact me.  I am not that trusting.  I did successfully purchase two other quick pick tickets immediately before the malfunction so I have the exact time period.  I have also been told that there is an internal record of each ticket serial number.  I have already composed a letter to the legal head of the state's lottery commission for overnight delivery.  I know that the odds of this being a winning ticket are astronomical, but stranger things have happened.  What do you think my chances are of getting my ticket with whatever numbers had been generated or having that  ticket voided as well?

                      Check with your state lottery, they may provide a subscription service, which would be very convenient. If they don't, you could subscribe to the Massachusetts lottery, which has a subscription service available across the United States.

                      We all get a lot out of lotteries!