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(AutoExpress (UK))   So about that $1 million winning lottery ticket....yeah, we can't find it   (wnbc.com ) divider line
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2007-12-12 03:42:21 PM  
"We want our players to take their winnings when they're lucky enough to win."

He probably should have phrased that one a bit better.

You kind of expect him to have mumbled something about "those damned ingrates"
 
2007-12-12 03:42:21 PM  
I have done this, but instead of a million dollar lottery ticket it was my pants.
 
2007-12-12 03:43:34 PM  
Oh gee I forgot all about that ticket. Oops!
 
2007-12-12 03:43:49 PM  
Somewhere, someone is doing it wrong.
 
2007-12-12 03:44:09 PM  
Earl Hickey unavailable for comment.
 
2007-12-12 03:45:12 PM  
What are the chances some half blind granny got it and thought it was a loser?
 
2007-12-12 03:46:59 PM  
It was me. I destroyed the ticket just to see what would happen.

/give me my money
 
2007-12-12 03:47:36 PM  
Frameous: What are the chances some half blind granny got it and thought it was a loser?

Or is using it as her social security card.
 
2007-12-12 03:47:50 PM  
I used to work in a store that sold lottery tickets. People would spend hundreds on scratch-offs and go on a total frenzy. One day, I realized some dude had spent something like $200 and not won even $5... before leaving in a huff. And that seemed odd. I went and took all the tickets out of the trash, checked them in the machine, and won $45 over a couple of tickets. The guy was so insane about his scratching, he wasn't even really checking to see if he won.

After a while, I'd check the trash bin [really, it's not gross, there was nothing but scratched tickets in there] every day, and inevitably find anywhere from $1-$50 in thrown out winners.
 
2007-12-12 03:48:37 PM  
Huh.
 
2007-12-12 03:48:56 PM  
newsimg.bbc.co.uk

Warn me if this chick shows up again.
 
2007-12-12 03:50:23 PM  
"It's a bit surprising people leave this money on the table," Rosenfeld said. "We want our players to take their winnings when they're lucky enough to win."

That or maybe you didn't print one, or someone on the inside stole it then lost their nerve, or the other thing you said about someone being too stupid to notice they had won $1,000,000 because the ticket was unclear when scratched.
 
2007-12-12 03:50:46 PM  
serpent_sky: I used to work in a store that sold lottery tickets. People would spend hundreds on scratch-offs and go on a total frenzy. One day, I realized some dude had spent something like $200 and not won even $5... before leaving in a huff. And that seemed odd. I went and took all the tickets out of the trash, checked them in the machine, and won $45 over a couple of tickets. The guy was so insane about his scratching, he wasn't even really checking to see if he won.

After a while, I'd check the trash bin [really, it's not gross, there was nothing but scratched tickets in there] every day, and inevitably find anywhere from $1-$50 in thrown out winners.



When I was eighteen and worked as a paramutual teller at a dogtrack I would do something similar. In between races I would take all the discarded tickets around me and run them through my reader. I would guess about 25% of my total take home came from thrown away tickets.

People are retarded.
 
2007-12-12 03:50:55 PM  
CygnusDarius: Earl Hickey unavailable for comment.

Lost it when hit by Granny-mobile...

/well played
 
2007-12-12 03:51:57 PM  
With the incomprehensible rules on some of those scratch-off games, it's no wonder someone didn't know they won.

"Scratch off the PRIZE BOX, then scratch off the WINNING NUMBER. Then scratch off the DOLLAR SIGNS. IF the fifth root of your WINNING NUMBER, multiplied by the mean of the DOLLAR SIGNS, is less than or equal to pi divided by the standard deviation of the numbers listed under the DOLLAR SIGNS, you win the dollar amount specified in the PRIZE BOX"
 
2007-12-12 03:52:36 PM  
The amount of disappointment for millions of hopeful lotto losers is incalculable. Lotto is a huge depression generator. For each jackpot winner there are millions of LOSERS. Wanna be a loser? Buy yourself a Lotto ticket.
 
2007-12-12 03:56:50 PM  
Thorsen: serpent_sky: I used to work in a store that sold lottery tickets. People would spend hundreds on scratch-offs and go on a total frenzy. One day, I realized some dude had spent something like $200 and not won even $5... before leaving in a huff. And that seemed odd. I went and took all the tickets out of the trash, checked them in the machine, and won $45 over a couple of tickets. The guy was so insane about his scratching, he wasn't even really checking to see if he won.

After a while, I'd check the trash bin [really, it's not gross, there was nothing but scratched tickets in there] every day, and inevitably find anywhere from $1-$50 in thrown out winners.


When I was eighteen and worked as a paramutual teller at a dogtrack I would do something similar. In between races I would take all the discarded tickets around me and run them through my reader. I would guess about 25% of my total take home came from thrown away tickets.

People are retarded.


I've noticed people leave credits on slot machines too.
I've won a couple bucks just browsing abandoned machines.
 
2007-12-12 04:05:03 PM  
hudef: The amount of disappointment for millions of hopeful lotto losers is incalculable. Lotto is a huge depression generator. For each jackpot winner there are millions of LOSERS. Wanna be a loser? Buy yourself a Lotto ticket.


Actually, it's people like you who are depression generators.
Wanna be a loser? Be you.
 
2007-12-12 04:14:55 PM  
playdate: I've noticed people leave credits on slot machines too.
I've won a couple bucks just browsing abandoned machines.


I think hardcore gamblers go into some sort of... almost trance-like state, and stop paying attention to what they're doing, because all they want to do is win "the big one."

At the store I worked in, there was a lady who came in every Wednesday. She had $320 in machine tickets, and then would buy about $300 or $400 worth of scratch-offs. If she was going away? She'd leave her tickets with the owner, with a check for the amount for the machine tickets.

She won $50,000. The owner of the store got notice that he'd sold a $50,000 ticket. When the lady came in, I saw it was her who won. She didn't care. She said, "eh. That's nothing."

I don't know that I've fully recovered from my jaw hitting the floor, and this was years ago. $50,000 is "nothing" to this lady. Even after taxes, I'd be ecstatic.
 
2007-12-12 04:15:24 PM  
GungFu Actually , it's people like you who are depression generators. Wanna be a loser? Be you.

That's very convenient. Cos I am me.

Did I get you down GunFu? Go buy some lotto pills, that'll cheer you up.
 
2007-12-12 04:15:41 PM  
Is it me, or is it a bit strange that they can actually trace where the ticket went?

/OLG
//Find out what it means to me.
 
2007-12-12 04:18:10 PM  
PirateKing: With the incomprehensible rules on some of those scratch-off games, it's no wonder someone didn't know they won.

"Scratch off the PRIZE BOX, then scratch off the WINNING NUMBER. Then scratch off the DOLLAR SIGNS. IF the fifth root of your WINNING NUMBER, multiplied by the mean of the DOLLAR SIGNS, is less than or equal to pi divided by the standard deviation of the numbers listed under the DOLLAR SIGNS, you win the dollar amount specified in the PRIZE BOX"


make em work for it.
 
2007-12-12 04:19:53 PM  
X_Berg: Is it me, or is it a bit strange that they can actually trace where the ticket went?

I didn't know they could. That would require an awful lot of ethics and scruples on behalf of the employees who have access to that information, and I have a hard time believing it has never been exploited if that is the case.
 
2007-12-12 04:20:52 PM  
Why's this Asinine again? I don't understand.
 
2007-12-12 04:21:06 PM  
The prize pool is 3.2 billion in one year? That means those lotto ticket buyers spent 6.4 BILLION on tickets. farking amazing.
 
2007-12-12 04:23:17 PM  
hudef: The amount of disappointment for millions of hopeful lotto losers is incalculable. Lotto is a huge depression generator.

Invent a power generation system that runs on depression and you will solve all of humanity's problems.
 
2007-12-12 04:25:48 PM  
"The ticket could have fallen behind a store counter or been used to clean up a spill or be at the bottom of someone's book bag unscratched," Lottery spokesman Dan Rosenfeld told the Boston Herald.

huh? are scratch off tickets absorbant there?
 
2007-12-12 04:26:54 PM  
I read earlier today that it was going to be too late to cash in on this ticket anyway - supposedly the MA lottery commission said this?
 
2007-12-12 04:31:03 PM  
When I buy a lottery ticket, it's because its entertainment value is worth what I paid for it. I don't expect to win.

I enjoy, $1 worth, the anticipation of those little ping-pong balls popping out.

/as does Winona Ryder.
 
2007-12-12 04:31:58 PM  
GanjSmokr: "The ticket could have fallen behind a store counter or been used to clean up a spill or be at the bottom of someone's book bag unscratched," Lottery spokesman Dan Rosenfeld told the Boston Herald.

huh? are scratch off tickets absorbant there?


I was here to comment on that. Next time I spill my Coke, I'm reaching for the nearest Gold Rush!
 
2007-12-12 04:34:10 PM  
www.videodetective.com

Unavailable for comment.
 
2007-12-12 04:38:43 PM  
GanjSmokr: "The ticket could have fallen behind a store counter or been used to clean up a spill or be at the bottom of someone's book bag unscratched," Lottery spokesman Dan Rosenfeld told the Boston Herald.

huh? are scratch off tickets absorbant there?


Can't believe it took that long for someone to point out what a silly explanation that is.
 
2007-12-12 04:40:21 PM  
PirateKing When I buy a lottery ticket, it's because its entertainment value is worth what I paid for it. I don't expect to win.

As opposed to thinking you have a sure thing?

/thanks for sharing
 
2007-12-12 04:44:03 PM  
LeCollectif Can't believe it took that long for someone to point out what a silly explanation that is.

Sometimes it takes a GanjSmokr to pick up on those little absurdities of life. Hope he can hold that realization after the high wears off.
 
2007-12-12 04:44:42 PM  
I don't have a million dollars so I am really getting a kick out of these replies.
 
2007-12-12 04:45:10 PM  
something tells me this isnt going to keep the lotto commission awake at nite
 
2007-12-12 04:51:27 PM  
hudef: Sometimes it takes a GanjSmokr to pick up on those little absurdities of life. Hope he can hold that realization after the high wears off.

appreciate the assumptions but i'm at work so not high - yet. will be very soon tho thanks.

/very soon = (10 minutes + the time to drive home)
//gotta question absorbant lottery tickets high OR sober
 
2007-12-12 04:51:48 PM  
I got your ticket right here.....
 
2007-12-12 04:57:21 PM  
I know what GanjSmokr is thinking: "Jees, hope that wasn't the lotto ticket I used to roll that emergency reefer!".
 
2007-12-12 04:58:25 PM  
If he was spending money on lotto tickets, he obviously didn't need the money.
 
2007-12-12 05:03:28 PM  
NathanAllen: someone on the inside stole it then lost their nerve.

I you ever saw how these were printed, the security, the camera's. It's like a diamond mine. Ont top of that they run at about 15,000 and hour on a variable data offset, digital and screen press. Kind of hard to jam on the brakes of one of those bad boys to grab the winning ticket.
 
2007-12-12 05:17:03 PM  
It could be sitting in a landfill. I found a $250 winning scratch off in a landfill once, already scratched.
Nothing like getting rid of an old couch and finding $250.
 
2007-12-12 05:17:23 PM  
serpent_sky: X_Berg: Is it me, or is it a bit strange that they can actually trace where the ticket went?

I didn't know they could. That would require an awful lot of ethics and scruples on behalf of the employees who have access to that information, and I have a hard time believing it has never been exploited if that is the case.


Not sure about the lottery, but most companies that have any promotional prize giveaway, like soda/food wrapper contests, will not allow employees to win prizes over a certain amount. I doubt it matters though, because I am willing to bet there usually are no winners and its just a scam to sell more product.

Sidenote: When I was younger I drank like 50 cokes and saved all the labels to redeem for a Emmitt Smith T-shirt jersey or something like that. After two months of this I called the number given and it just rang forever. One of the biggest disappointments of my childhood...
 
2007-12-12 05:19:50 PM  
United Kingdom Fun Lotto
Kennington Road,
Willesborough,
Ashford,
Kent, TN24 0LZ
United Kingdom
Pfft, I win the lottery multiple times a day.
-----------
Dear Winner,

We are pleased to announce you as one of the 3 lucky winners in the United Kingdom Fun Lotto draw held on 4th November 2007. All 3 winning addresses were randomly selected from a batch of 5,000,000 international emails.
Your email address emerged alongside to others as a 3rd category winner in this month's draw.

Consequently, you have therefore been approved for a total pay out of £2,000,000.00 Pounds (Two Million pounds) only. The following

particulars are attached to your lotto payment order:

(i) Winning numbers: 7, 31, 62, 21, 74, 80
(ii) Serial number: 21-8-1974
(iii) Lotto batch number: FL-101
(iv) Reference number: SCF-414-33

Please contact the under listed claims officer as soon as possible for the immediate release of your winnings:

Mr. Mark William
Claims Department Manager
SILVER-COIN FINANCE COMPANY
Email: ma­rk_wi­lli­am­xx[nospam-﹫-backwards]ooha­y­*co*uk
Tel: +44 70457 16xxx
Fax: +44 70457 18xxx

Once again on behalf of all our staff, CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Sincerely,
Mrs. Helen Mathew
Promotions Manager
 
2007-12-12 05:21:39 PM  
TFA: "The ticket could have fallen behind a store counter or been used to clean up a spill or be at the bottom of someone's book bag unscratched," Lottery spokesman Dan Rosenfeld told the Boston Herald.

Or, you might not have printed it, and you're now trying to cover your ass because people found out about your winnings-rollover, high-profit, interest scam.

Or, a dragon might have eaten it... who the fark knows?
 
2007-12-12 06:03:09 PM  
I am about $4800 ahead on the Texas lottery, so I am really getting a kick out of these replies.

I never buy tickets--just check them. It happens more often than you might think, usually to the big-buck tickets. If you scratch off two $2 prizes and two $50s, common sense leads you to hope to win two dollars. You might be so busy looking for that third deuce, you didn't notice you uncovered the third $50. If you don't double--check. . . bad mistake!

It also pays to read the rules. When the first $50 tickets came out, I found six all together. What kind of guy blows $300 on scratch cards, I wondered.

Then I found out: The kind of guy who doesn't read the rules! In this game, your number beats their number---but 3 beats everything.

That sure was a nice happy $100 in my pocket.

\\\ not the first time that has happened.
 
2007-12-12 06:20:32 PM  
hudef: The amount of disappointment for millions of hopeful lotto losers is incalculable. Lotto is a huge depression generator. For each jackpot winner there are millions of LOSERS. Wanna be a loser? Buy yourself a Lotto ticket.

I prefer to use the "there must be a pony in there somewhere" approach.
 
2007-12-12 06:32:11 PM  
I'm just curious...read " $ 1 million " outloud, then tell me why it's written that way.
 
2007-12-12 07:29:56 PM  
I work in Prepress for a company that prints scratch-off lottery tickets, so I'm really getting a kick out of some of these replies.
 
2007-12-12 08:08:53 PM  
Ive noticed that when people throw food out in the garbage they don't eat ALL of it! Easily the best thing ever.
 
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