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(WHNT Huntsville)   If you know where the $1.5 BILLION Mega Million winner has disappeared to, the South Carolina Lottery office would sure like to give them their money   (whnt.com) divider line
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2019-02-24 03:08:57 PM  
I'm gonna share something with you Fark people that I haven't shared up until now: I don't have that ticket.
 
2019-02-24 03:19:05 PM  
Probably trying to get the divorce settled before claiming it......
 
2019-02-24 03:24:00 PM  
It's probably in a landfill somewhere.
 
2019-02-24 04:15:13 PM  
SC wants that sweet, sweet tax money.
 
2019-02-24 04:25:16 PM  
Oh my God - I completely forgot all about that!  It was on my to-do list for like 4 weeks, but I always had other things that took priority, and then I went on vacation... well, you know how that is - I am lucky to remember my name after a good vacation.
 
2019-02-24 04:29:04 PM  
I was coming here to say this smells like divorce timing. As long as the ticket holder can prove they used "their" money, i.e. didn't come from a joint account, they have a shot.

Not that the sharkiest, nastiest law firm in the nation wouldn't pick up the losing spouses case on contingency, in that case.

That, or some office bought 200 tickets together and failed to spot the winner.
 
2019-02-24 04:37:02 PM  
Why the hell did State Law enforcement officers come and confiscate tapes? 

Sounds like some bullshiat going on.
 
2019-02-24 04:44:52 PM  
They might want to look for heart attacks on the day of the drawing...
 
2019-02-24 04:45:07 PM  
I didn't think about the divorce angle.  Sounds legit.  I figured it was purchased while drunk and ended up somewhere random, like drunk people tend to do with stuff.
 
2019-02-24 04:45:42 PM  

Dadoody: Why the hell did State Law enforcement officers come and confiscate tapes? 

Sounds like some bullshiat going on.


Non-tinfoil hat answer: they know when the winning ticket was sold and when someone comes to claim it, they'll be able to ID the buyer from the camera footage.

Tinfoil hat answer: we've all been scammed.

/In all seriousness, they want to positively ID the winner. And if it came out that this was a scam, the entire lottery business in every state would collapse immediately. And that's too much money for different things to risk on a massive scam.
 
2019-02-24 04:46:29 PM  
I'll take it if they don't want it
 
2019-02-24 04:50:07 PM  
5% finders fee?
 
2019-02-24 04:50:12 PM  
Can't really wait for the hype to die down on a jackpot this big, and even the least savvy person would have a lawyer and an accountant by now.

I'm going with "Merle and Clovis celebrated their victory with a gallon of 'shine before driving to the store to cash in the ticket and ended up launching their IROC-Z into a low country marsh and the ticket was excreted by a crab the next day."
 
2019-02-24 04:50:38 PM  

Dadoody: Why the hell did State Law enforcement officers come and confiscate tapes? 

Sounds like some bullshiat going on.


I assume that it's in case there is any question as to whether the person claiming to be the winner was, in fact, the person who bought the ticket.

In the past, there have been frivolous claims made by people that their ticket was stolen.  Having the video tapes showing who bought the ticket guards against those false claims.
 
2019-02-24 04:55:44 PM  

SBinRR: I didn't think about the divorce angle.  Sounds legit.  I figured it was purchased while drunk and ended up somewhere random, like drunk people tend to do with stuff.


Yeah, if SC lets winners claim the prize anonymously, then the ex may be taking his time just to put his affairs in order and disassociate himself from his ex and anyone that his ex may ever talk to.  For it to work, he needs to be off her radar when he claims it and have moved to California so that she never hears from him again.

They might have even needed to contact each other to file their taxes (e.g. if they sold a home they owned together), so he can't claim it until after he ghosts her.

(Obviously, the genders may be reversed - I'm not assuming the winner is a man - or that they are heterosexuals - they may both be men or both be women - or may not identify with either binary gender.)
 
2019-02-24 04:57:05 PM  

basemetal: Probably trying to get the divorce settled before claiming it......


Know what the fastest path to having your divorce settlement thrown out by a very angry judge is? Hide some assets. You'll get to watch a 50% division suddenly turn to 75-25% or worse for punitive reasons.
 
2019-02-24 04:57:33 PM  
Am I the only person who's reminded of 'Waking Ned Devine'?
 
2019-02-24 04:57:44 PM  
Penis.
 
2019-02-24 04:58:05 PM  
Oops wrong thread.
 
2019-02-24 04:59:48 PM  
Please oh please let it be Henry Earl
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I'm Backshun Jackson
 
2019-02-24 05:04:14 PM  
Dadoody: Why the hell did State Law enforcement officers come and confiscate tapes? 
Sounds like some bullshiat going on.


You have the kernel of your "L is for Lottery" mystery novel.  Two officers get to the winner before the ticket holder realizes he's won, then set up a Bahamian corporation to claim the ticket after disposing of the original holder.
 
2019-02-24 05:05:28 PM  
Don't know about the powerball, but state lottery here says if you don't claim it in 30 days, you can't get the lump sum, only the 30 yearly payments.

After 180 days,if you haven't claimed your winnings, you get nothing.
 
2019-02-24 05:10:31 PM  

Theaetetus: basemetal: Probably trying to get the divorce settled before claiming it......

Know what the fastest path to having your divorce settlement thrown out by a very angry judge is? Hide some assets. You'll get to watch a 50% division suddenly turn to 75-25% or worse for punitive reasons.


I'll try to remember that on the very thin chance I'll ever get divorced.
 
2019-02-24 05:11:33 PM  

Muzzleloader: Don't know about the powerball, but state lottery here says if you don't claim it in 30 days, you can't get the lump sum, only the 30 yearly payments.

After 180 days,if you haven't claimed your winnings, you get nothing.


In Florida it's 60 days from the date of drawing to claim the lump sum, after that it's annual payments.
 
2019-02-24 05:12:59 PM  

Dadoody: Why the hell did State Law enforcement officers come and confiscate tapes? 

Sounds like some bullshiat going on.


Probably bought by a black guy they randomly shot to meet their quota.
 
2019-02-24 05:19:57 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Can't really wait for the hype to die down on a jackpot this big, and even the least savvy person would have a lawyer and an accountant by now.

I'm going with "Merle and Clovis celebrated their victory with a gallon of 'shine before driving to the store to cash in the ticket and ended up launching their IROC-Z into a low country marsh and the ticket was excreted by a crab the next day."


Simpsonville is in the Upstate, not the Low country. That being said I hope whoever won is seeking legal advice and waiting until the last minute to cash in. We need that tax money, our roads are garbage.

/Live in the Upstate
 
2019-02-24 05:21:12 PM  

Muzzleloader: Don't know about the powerball, but state lottery here says if you don't claim it in 30 days, you can't get the lump sum, only the 30 yearly payments.

After 180 days,if you haven't claimed your winnings, you get nothing.


You sure?  I know some states you have so long to claim it, but after claiming it as an annuity you have so many days to change your mind to the lump sum. There's not usually a separate deadline for initially claiming the lump sum.
 
2019-02-24 05:22:34 PM  

SBinRR: I didn't think about the divorce angle.  Sounds legit.  I figured it was purchased while drunk and ended up somewhere random, like drunk people tend to do with stuff.


I'm going with someone read a number incorrectly and threw it away.
 
2019-02-24 05:25:50 PM  

indy_kid: SBinRR: I didn't think about the divorce angle.  Sounds legit.  I figured it was purchased while drunk and ended up somewhere random, like drunk people tend to do with stuff.

I'm going with someone read a number incorrectly and threw it away.


But even reading one or two numbers incorrectly, you're still looking at tens of thousands of dollars, if not a million.
 
2019-02-24 05:29:54 PM  
If someone is doing this for divorce purposes I think they're gonna have a bad time.
 
2019-02-24 05:30:15 PM  
Probably still haven't gotten the blood stains off of the ticket.
 
2019-02-24 05:31:18 PM  
With 2018 tech, you would think that they could tell exactly what the person looks like.

I mean I'm sure they know when the ticket was sold.

Since you can stay anonymous, there is no reason not to claim it.
 
2019-02-24 05:31:56 PM  
Also, have there been any odd suicides lately?

If someone realized too late that they had the winning ticket, for example?
 
2019-02-24 05:37:37 PM  
I bet someone bought a ticket, put it in their pocket, forgot to remove it, and put it through the laundry.  I can tell you that the ticket wouldn't survive.
 
2019-02-24 05:39:52 PM  

IDisposable: (Obviously, the genders may be reversed - I'm not assuming the winner is a man - or that they are heterosexuals - they may both be men or both be women - or may not identify with either binary gender.)


Do we have to do this for everything?
 
2019-02-24 05:40:34 PM  
If no one claims it... Why is it not put right back in to the current pot? Who/What gets the money?
 
2019-02-24 05:41:21 PM  
Simpsonville? Really?

The Simpsons - Yodel vs Lottery Ticket
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2019-02-24 05:41:45 PM  

Dadoody: Why the hell did State Law enforcement officers come and confiscate tapes? 

Sounds like some bullshiat going on.


Because the winner is allowed to be anonymous?
 
2019-02-24 05:42:51 PM  

desertfool: If no one claims it... Why is it not put right back in to the current pot? Who/What gets the money?


It gets disbursed back to the individual states' lottery funds. Then it gets into the regular state coffers for whatever they earmark lottery money to.
 
2019-02-24 05:43:25 PM  
It may take some time to remove the numbers off of your house and mailbox. This way your "long lost" relatives can't find you.
 
2019-02-24 05:43:35 PM  

desertfool: If no one claims it... Why is it not put right back in to the current pot? Who/What gets the money?


FTA: If the ticket goes unclaimed, the $1.5 billion prize will be redistributed to the 44 states along with the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia. One big loser could be South Carolina, which had budgeted a $61 million income tax windfall from the winner but had to remove that estimate - about 0.5 percent of the state's annual spending plan.

That's a sizable segment of the budget
 
2019-02-24 05:44:02 PM  
Some desperate SC stoner rolled a doobie with it thinking he would never win.

/imagine how many doobies you could by with $1.5B
 
2019-02-24 05:46:27 PM  
ftfa 'We didn't even know we sold the winner yet," Patel said, adding agents immediately took the surveillance tapes away. "We haven't seen them. I don't know when we sold it or who we sold it.
WTF
 
2019-02-24 05:47:29 PM  
Someone is setting up a corporation and a trust. Getting everything all set, hiring accounting firms...auditing firms..


It's actually pretty hard to go from zero to a billionaire and not screw stuff up.
 
2019-02-24 05:47:41 PM  
I know that if I won that big of a jackpot; I would take out the biggest personal loan I could, quit my job and probably have the best 3-4 months of my life, pre-or-post winning, before turning in the ticket. It may be something like that going on here.

A $1.5 billion jackpot will have many negative consequences that will be practically unavoidable if you have anyone in your life you care about and would not abandon after.
 
2019-02-24 05:48:00 PM  

Seasons I'v Withered: ftfa 'We didn't even know we sold the winner yet," Patel said, adding agents immediately took the surveillance tapes away. "We haven't seen them. I don't know when we sold it or who we sold it.
WTF


Probably good they do that. Otherwise, the winner's picture would be on the front page of every local newspaper as soon as someone offered the owner a few bucks for the footage.
 
2019-02-24 05:50:01 PM  

IDisposable: SBinRR: I didn't think about the divorce angle.  Sounds legit.  I figured it was purchased while drunk and ended up somewhere random, like drunk people tend to do with stuff.

Yeah, if SC lets winners claim the prize anonymously, then the ex may be taking his time just to put his affairs in order and disassociate himself from his ex and anyone that his ex may ever talk to.  For it to work, he needs to be off her radar when he claims it and have moved to California so that she never hears from him again.

They might have even needed to contact each other to file their taxes (e.g. if they sold a home they owned together), so he can't claim it until after he ghosts her.

(Obviously, the genders may be reversed - I'm not assuming the winner is a man - or that they are heterosexuals - they may both be men or both be women - or may not identify with either binary gender.)


Could be aliens.
 
Oak
2019-02-24 05:55:56 PM  

Whatthefark: Some desperate SC stoner rolled a doobie with it thinking he would never win.

/imagine how many doobies you could by with $1.5B [≈ total US hockey salaries for all teams, 2011]


Probably all the siblings.
 
2019-02-24 06:06:26 PM  

SBinRR: I didn't think about the divorce angle.  Sounds legit.  I figured it was purchased while drunk and ended up somewhere random, like drunk people tend to do with stuff.


I have a habit of sometimes putting stuff in the freezer when I'm drunk. Better go check just in case.
 
2019-02-24 06:07:40 PM  

lordluzr: desertfool: If no one claims it... Why is it not put right back in to the current pot? Who/What gets the money?

FTA: If the ticket goes unclaimed, the $1.5 billion prize will be redistributed to the 44 states along with the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia. One big loser could be South Carolina, which had budgeted a $61 million income tax windfall from the winner but had to remove that estimate - about 0.5 percent of the state's annual spending plan.

That's a sizable segment of the budget


Ah, to hell with SC.
 
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