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#1694828 - 05/02/12 04:54 PM Throwing Away a Million Dollars
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If someone threw away a winning lottery ticket, should she later be able to claim it?

http://news.yahoo.com/woman-lost-ark-lotto-ticket-entitled-1m-001711454.html
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#1694834 - 05/02/12 05:07 PM Re: Throwing Away a Million Dollars GuitarDude
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Simpson noted that Duncan testified she threw away the ticket after the read-out on a ticket scanner said, "Sorry. Not a winner." The attorney argued that people shouldn't be allowed to throw items away and then say, "'ooh, I want to un-abandon it.'"


I saw something about this on the news this morning. I think the above quote is the key point. She was told it wasn't a winner, so threw it away like any normal person would.

Does she have recourse against the finder? That's a totally different issue in my mind, and probably not "fair". I'd say she might be able to go after the convenience store or wherever the glitch originated that resulted in her being told it wasn't a winner though.
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#1694835 - 05/02/12 05:09 PM Re: Throwing Away a Million Dollars GuitarDude
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I agree.....anybody would throw the ticket away if it scanned as 'not a winner'....to me, it's the convenience store or whoever created a scanner that called a winning ticket no good that ought to be sue-able.
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#1694902 - 05/02/12 06:43 PM Re: Throwing Away a Million Dollars raitchjay
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As I understand it, the machine incorrectly read the ticket because the woman didn't completely scratch off the coating over whatever it is the machine reads.
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#1694903 - 05/02/12 06:43 PM Re: Throwing Away a Million Dollars GuitarDude
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...talk about depressing ....
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#1694916 - 05/02/12 06:53 PM Re: Throwing Away a Million Dollars raitchjay
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Originally Posted By: raitchjay
I agree.....anybody would throw the ticket away if it scanned as 'not a winner'....to me, it's the convenience store or whoever created a scanner that called a winning ticket no good that ought to be sue-able.


^^^^^^ just looking for a rich woman to hate him and buy him a house
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#1694928 - 05/02/12 06:59 PM Re: Throwing Away a Million Dollars GuitarDude
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#1694929 - 05/02/12 07:01 PM Re: Throwing Away a Million Dollars Bimmer
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Originally Posted By: Bimmer
As I understand it, the machine incorrectly read the ticket because the woman didn't completely scratch off the coating over whatever it is the machine reads.


Oh.....if that's true, then tough luck for her i say.
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#1694931 - 05/02/12 07:01 PM Re: Throwing Away a Million Dollars GuitarDude
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At this point, why not just split the cash?

The original buyer wouldn't have anything if the second didn't find it, and the second wouldn't have anything if the first didn't buy it.

But, if I were the one to buy it, I'd definitely sue the entity responsible for the false "Not a Winner" message.
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#1694937 - 05/02/12 07:06 PM Re: Throwing Away a Million Dollars MB Guy
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what was the exact message returned from the lottery device?

maybe it was referring to the person and not the ticket itself
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#1694950 - 05/02/12 07:16 PM Re: Throwing Away a Million Dollars GuitarDude
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In my prior life, I worked in a gas station that sold lottery tickets, the ticket would not even read if everything was not scratched off the bar code.
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#1695044 - 05/02/12 08:37 PM Re: Throwing Away a Million Dollars GuitarDude
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Is there a warning label on the ticket that the convenience store and the state are not responsible if ticket holders don't know enough to scratch it all off to see if they are a winner?
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