Skip to comments.Man's Shredded $14.5 Million Lotto Ticket Claim a Hoax
Posted on 10/05/2010 5:25:04 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Florida man claims he only has a shred of evidence that he won the lottery
A Florida man's story to get his hands on $14.5 million in lottery winnings has been shredded.
Chris Gooden, 31, had claimed that he put a winning lottery ticket in the shredder by mistake last month and that he literally only had shreds of evidence that he was the true winner of the Sept. 22 Florida Lottery drawing. The story seemed like a tragedy until the real winner, a 70-year-old retiree, came forward with the winning ticket.
Jean Land turned in her ticket to get her share of the $29 million drawing. Another winning ticket was already turned in from South Florida.
What took so long for Land to realize she was the rightful winner is unclear, but she nearly lost out after Gooden came to the press with a truly unbelievable story. The Fort Walton Beach man said he went to the gas station where the winning ticket was sold a few days before the drawing to fill up his truck and play the lucky numbers he found on the back of a the fortune cookie message he ate at lunch. The winning numbers were 3-4-5-7-19-30. Gooden told the Northwest Florida Daily News he watched the drawing and then celebrated his win, but couldn't figure out where he put the ticket.
After he realized what might have happened, Gooden said tore into his shredder but could only retrieve the line that read "7, 19, 30." He couldn't find the rest of the tiny pieces of the ticket, he told Lottery officials. "My heart just sunk," he told the local paper. "I just sat there feeling real stupid."
We wonder how he feels now?
As for the real winner, Land has played the same number with seven other girlfriends for years and their patience paid off. The group will split $9.2 million after electing to take a lump some payment.
Gooden will be stuck looking at fortune cookies and digging through shredders.
Now there’s a shocker.
If he submitted a claim to the lottery then he will be seeing a jail fairly soon.
Being a younger person, it always irritates the hell out of me to hear about these people that aren’t far from God’s waiting room winning the lottery.
I hope their KIDS(and the government) enjoy the money after they are gone.....
Of course, I never play the lottery, so I guess I really shouldn’t be irritated. lol
Do any journ-o-lists check their own writing anymore-- or failing that, at least have someone review it?
(Hint: it's sum).
Dude, it’s worse than that. I figure that at least 3 people read everything before it is published by the MSM. What does it take to get a job there?
(Hint: it’s sum)
You beat me to it. Spelchek don’t do ya any good fer that one. No proof reading. Spellcheck is all many use, anymore
Being a younger person, it always irritates the hell out of me to hear about these people that arent far from Gods waiting room winning the lottery.
Well, as an older person, I resent the fact that you consider a 70-year-old to have one foot in the grave.
In case you did not notice, this woman is splitting the 9M with 7 others, so she will wind up with just over a 1M. After taxes, I don’t know what she’ll be left with, but if she winds up needing nursing care in her declining years, whatever she has left probably won’t go that far.
I’m sure that when I’m 50, I won’t look at 70 as being old at all. lol (damn, time flies!)
Sum thyme ewe win and sum thyme ewe loose!
Here is his profile...It’s about what I expected.
I knew it!