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Nathan
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February 8th, 2019 at 7:29:19 PM permalink
Has this ever happened to you? A Lottery Clerk at a gas station told me my ticket was not a winner. I told him off saying something like,"Don't play with me! I checked my numbers on the Florida Lottery website and they matched!" He had a look of,"Damn, she's smarter than I thought!" And weakly claimed that he was just joking and paid me my money. -.-

There was a Dateline episode where Dateline were giving $1,000 and in one case a $500 winning tickets to random Lottery Clerks for them to scan to check their honesty. The Dateline Employees were undercover and had hidden cameras on them. Most of the random Clerks were honest(One of them even said something really helpful like,"You really should sign this winning ticket and go to the Lottery Office.")and told the truth, but 6 Clerks straight up lied and said the tickets were all losers and kept the tickets and like 5 of them either have it to their family member who claimed it or they claimed it themselves.

One person lied, kept it but didn't cash it in. A 7th person admitted that the ticket was a winner but did Lottery Discounting when the Undercover Dateline Employee claimed they had debts and they knew that The Lottery would keep all the money to pay off the debts if they went to the Lottery Office to claim it in person and not give it to the winner to spend. The Clerk said he would "buy," the ticket for about $600. She agreed, and he gave her the $600 and she gave him the ticket. Although he was not arrested for buying the ticket from her, his store lost the Lottery licence since Lottery Discounting is against Lottery Rules and Regulations, although not illegal. Posters on YouTube said that they felt the Lottery Discounter should not have had his Lottery Licence revoked because he was actually trying to help someone who told him she had debts that she knew The Lottery would use all of her winnings to pay them off and not give it to her. They said he should have been left alone, although they agreed the 6 liars deserved to be punished.


The guy who only kept the ticket but didn't claim it was merely fired, after his boss said he did nothing wrong. WTF? LMAO. :/ :D. The only thing stopping him from being arrested and sentenced to jail was the fact that he did not claim but, merely just kept it. The other 5 Clerks were arrested and sentenced to 4-6 months in jail along with the family Members who claimed it.

So have any Lottery Clerks attempted to scam or have scammed/attempted to scam you or anybody you know/heard of?
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boymimbo
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February 9th, 2019 at 3:23:31 AM permalink
Ontario has self-scanners. You scratch off a code (it's like a QR code) and put it against a reader and it tells you the value of the winning ticket or not a winner. The same is true for lotto.
There have been cases where they may "forget"to scan one of your winners. Large prizes here are always investigated before getting paid.
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February 9th, 2019 at 10:20:49 AM permalink
Quote: boymimbo

Ontario has self-scanners. You scratch off a code (it's like a QR code) and put it against a reader and it tells you the value of the winning ticket or not a winner. The same is true for lotto.
There have been cases where they may "forget"to scan one of your winners. Large prizes here are always investigated before getting paid.



same in PA... but if i were a scammer i would keep a losing ticket near and keep a keen eye out for the winners and wait for someone who didnt scan it... luckily im not a scammer
Nathan
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February 10th, 2019 at 1:16:57 AM permalink
Something smells like rotten fish at Google. Google's Lottery Powerball question asks "Did you win Powerball's 224 million dollar Jackpot?" Usually they ask this question when someone hit the Powerball Mega Jackpot. I went to Florida Lottery Website and according to FLW, the 224 Million dollar Powerball wasn't won. In fact, it now sits at 242 Million. Why would Google make it seem like The Powerball 224 Million was won?
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May 20th, 2019 at 10:57:03 AM permalink
Quote: boymimbo

Ontario has self-scanners. You scratch off a code (it's like a QR code) and put it against a reader and it tells you the value of the winning ticket or not a winner. The same is true for lotto.
There have been cases where they may "forget"to scan one of your winners. Large prizes here are always investigated before getting paid.



I don't think this will not possible in lotto world. Everybody has their own way of thinking and his own thoughts I am not agree with you. this will be not a possible everybody gets lots of money to share trick and send a random number
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May 22nd, 2019 at 10:40:23 AM permalink
Quote: Nathan

The overall odds or probability of one ticket winning more than $1 is about 2 percent IMHO.



Not a bad guess. First you take the 1/8 of the ticket being a winner in the first place, then you multiply the 1/20 (5%) chance of it winning more than $1 extra assuming it is a winner, so:

(1/8) * (1/20) = 0.00625 or 0.625% which is about 1 in 160.
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May 22nd, 2019 at 12:28:30 PM permalink
Quote: Mission146

Not a bad guess. First you take the 1/8 of the ticket being a winner in the first place, then you multiply the 1/20 (5%) chance of it winning more than $1 extra assuming it is a winner, so:

(1/8) * (1/20) = 0.00625 or 0.625% which is about 1 in 160.



So you are saying there is a chance?
FleaStiff
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May 26th, 2019 at 1:43:13 AM permalink
Quote: billryan

So you are saying there is a chance?

Okay folks, its gonna going to happen again.

MegaMillions is up to 418MM for the next drawing (which will be Tuesday), but the opening page on my laptop, which is some click-bait laden MSN thingie that I can't get rid of put this sum on high rotation and therefore its likely to be even higher.

Its too far a walk for me to buy a ticket but I'd I would surely like to buy a car and say "adios" to Food Bank Cuisine. The trouble is I think all lotteries are Mega-Ripoffs and I do not consider anything less than $100.00 to be a "win" so this free ticket or some piddling amount of money is not considered a return on 'investment'. If the word investment can even be used in a thread dealing with lotteries.

The social workers will authorize someone to teach me how to sort and fold laundry or some such stuff but they will not pay for a blackjack tutor. Also the social workers will not provide transportation to or from any casino, not even the local Seminole joint. So the lottery may be my only "gambling" activity that I have available to me.

Anyone have the skinny on my chances of winning $418MM if I do get a ticket versus if I don't get a ticket.
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May 26th, 2019 at 2:57:35 AM permalink
Quote: FleaStiff

Okay folks, its gonna going to happen again.

MegaMillions is up to 418MM for the next drawing (which will be Tuesday), but the opening page on my laptop, which is some click-bait laden MSN thingie that I can't get rid of put this sum on high rotation and therefore its likely to be even higher.

Its too far a walk for me to buy a ticket but I'd I would surely like to buy a car and say "adios" to Food Bank Cuisine. The trouble is I think all lotteries are Mega-Ripoffs and I do not consider anything less than $100.00 to be a "win" so this free ticket or some piddling amount of money is not considered a return on 'investment'. If the word investment can even be used in a thread dealing with lotteries.

The social workers will authorize someone to teach me how to sort and fold laundry or some such stuff but they will not pay for a blackjack tutor. Also the social workers will not provide transportation to or from any casino, not even the local Seminole joint. So the lottery may be my only "gambling" activity that I have available to me.

Anyone have the skinny on my chances of winning $418MM if I do get a ticket versus if I don't get a ticket.



The probability of winning is 1 in 300 million.

$418 million is the sum of annuity payments. The present value is only $263 million, minus taxes that leaves you with about $150-$160 million. The ticket costs $2. The smaller prizes are worth something, but not that much, so it's still -EV.

If you have $2 to throw away, go for it. If you need every dollar you have, don't waste your money on a ticket.

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