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If you found a winning lottery ticket what would you do?

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If you found a winning lottery ticket what would you do?

Give it to the lottery [ 2 ]  [2.04%]
Give it to the police [ 5 ]  [5.10%]
Give it to charity [ 1 ]  [1.02%]
Redeem it as your own ticket [ 73 ]  [74.49%]
Never turn it in to anyone [ 2 ]  [2.04%]
Other [ 15 ]  [15.31%]
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    Posted: May 10, 2004, 4:03 pm - IP Logged

    sorry, if I found a lottery ticket that was the winning numbers, then I'm going to cash it right away or take it to the damn lottery officials to claim it.  There is no way I would give up even $1.00 ticket let alone $100+ million dollar ticket.

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        If the back of the ticket is not signed, then I'd claim it as my own.  If a person loses a ticket and does not sign it, it's his own fault.  If it was signed with just the person's name though, then I'd try to get it to the owner.


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        Posted: May 21, 2004, 7:32 pm - IP Logged

        go to mcdonalds

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          Posted: May 21, 2004, 11:48 pm - IP Logged

          Finding an unsigned lottery ticket is like finding a dollar bill. No way to tell whose it really is. If some way could be devised to determine whether a claimant is telling the truth or lying -- i.e., if I could be really certain that the individual claiming to have lost that ticket was telling the truth -- I would return it, of course. It's the right thing to do. But I don't know how that could be done.

          Of course, if it's already signed, then it's easy.

          I believe that "what goes around comes around." Sooner or later, you pay for your mistakes, just as you get paid for the good things you do. Keeping something that you know rightfully belongs to someone else is clearly wrong; and when it's worth millions ... well, who wants to have that to look forward to?

          Where n is equal to the number of tickets bought, the odds of winning in the MegaMillions lottery is given by 1 - [(1 - 0.023399196957)^n]

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            Posted: May 22, 2004, 7:42 am - IP Logged
            Quote: Originally posted by rdarmand on May 21, 2004


            Where n is equal to the number of tickets bought, the odds of winning in the MegaMillions lottery is given by 1 - [(1 - 0.023399196957)^n]



            The above formula is incorrect. The number of tickets affects the probability in a linear fashion and not exponential. The correct formula is:

            0.000000007407 * n

            Good luck,
            Jake


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              Posted: May 22, 2004, 10:21 am - IP Logged

              Three times I've found a lost $50.