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Cashier Allegedly Scammed Lottery Winner Out Of $5 Million Ticket, Waited 6 Years To Cash It In
Consumerist ^

Posted on 11/17/2012 4:55:49 AM PST by SMGFan

A maintenance worker in Syracuse, N.Y. claims that he won $5 million on an instant lottery ticket. He took it back to the store where he had purchased it, and the store owner’s son told him that he had only won $5,000. The man offered him for $4,000 in cash for the ticket. The store owner’s two sons sat on the ticket for six years, then turned it in to the state lottery. The lottery sensed that something was not right here. To smoke out the shenanigans, the state lottery planted a story in the media. They didn’t lie, exactly, but they kind of lied. They gave information in a news release that’s usually reserved for lottery-winner press conferences, and the release just didn’t look like a normal lottery-winner-update sent out to local media. It gave out too much information, and set no press conference date. Veteran newspeeps suspected that something was up.

Something was. The store owner’s sons claimed that they had kept their lottery win quiet because, as Muslims, they’re forbidden from gambling. How does waiting for six years solve that problem?

Meanwhile, the convenience store at the center of the scandal has lost its license to sell lottery tickets.

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Two Brothers from Onondaga County Claim $5,000,000 Lottery Scratch-Off Prize

http://readme.readmedia.com/Two-Brothers-from-Onondaga-County-Claim-5-000-000-Lottery-Scratch-Off-Prize/5046468/print

1 posted on 11/17/2012 4:56:03 AM PST by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

http://readme.readmedia.com/Two-Brothers-from-Onondaga-County-Claim-5-000-000-Lottery-Scratch-Off-Prize/5046468/print


2 posted on 11/17/2012 4:56:30 AM PST by SMGFan (SMGfan is not "Sub Machine Gun" fan)
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To: SMGFan

Isn’t there a time limit on claiming a winning lottery ticket? I’m pretty sure it’s a lot less than 6 years.


3 posted on 11/17/2012 5:00:52 AM PST by MD Expat in PA
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To: All

The best way to combat frauds like this is to immediately sign the back of the ticket at purchase.

Same goes when buying tickets for a group-—have each person who put money into the pool sign the back of the ticket(s).

Keep photocopies of the signed tickets.


4 posted on 11/17/2012 5:04:40 AM PST by Liz ("Come quickly, I'm tasting the stars," Dom Perignon)
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To: MD Expat in PA

scratch offs must have a longer shelf life. When major prize are won the remainder need to be returned... Did People kept buying believing the $5M ticket was out there! ?


5 posted on 11/17/2012 5:05:13 AM PST by SMGFan (SMGfan is not "Sub Machine Gun" fan)
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To: SMGFan

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2959762/posts


6 posted on 11/17/2012 5:05:22 AM PST by expat1000
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To: SMGFan
The store owner’s sons claimed that they had kept their lottery win quiet because, as Muslims, they’re forbidden from gambling. How does waiting for six years solve that problem?

Well, in his case, it wasn't gambling, it was a sure thing. I guess fraud isn't a problem for him.
7 posted on 11/17/2012 5:22:07 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: SMGFan
the store owner’s son told him that he had only won $5,000.

Are there really people too stupid to read their own lottery ticket?

8 posted on 11/17/2012 5:22:49 AM PST by Drew68
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To: Drew68

I don’t even trust those readers at the store that says whether you won or not.

I am, however, capable of looking at the winning numbers and then determining whether I have any of them on the my ticket.


9 posted on 11/17/2012 5:25:48 AM PST by perez24 (Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap.)
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To: MD Expat in PA
Isn’t there a time limit on claiming a winning lottery ticket? I’m pretty sure it’s a lot less than 6 years.

That's exactly what I was thinking.I'm 99% certain that at least some states set time limits on prize redemptions.However,I'm less certain that *all* states do and less certain that such limits apply to *all* forms of "wagers".That is,limits could apply to Powerball,a mult-state game,but not to scratch tickets,which are issued by individual states.

10 posted on 11/17/2012 5:33:18 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Benghazi: What Did Baraq Know And When Did He Know It?)
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To: Drew68

Well, when you read it as $5,000,000 and you promptly go back to the convenience store to collect, you must be super stupid.


11 posted on 11/17/2012 5:35:06 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Bread and Circuses; Everyone to the Coliseum!)
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To: SMGFan
scratch offs must have a longer shelf life. When major prize are won the remainder need to be returned... Did People kept buying believing the $5M ticket was out there! ?

I don’t know. But most scratch offs games have an expiration date. Most state lotteries issue and run a scratch off game for a limited time period and after that particular game has ended, there is a time limit in which to claim the prize and 6 years seems way too long. Also IIRC, when a scratch off game ends, the retailer has to turn in the unsold tickets. All lottery tickets have unique serial numbers on them so that is how the lottery officials know how many winning tickets are unclaimed and publish how many winning tickets are unclaimed and publish the deadlines for claiming the prize.

End of Game Schedule as of November 12, 2012 – NY

12 posted on 11/17/2012 5:45:28 AM PST by MD Expat in PA
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To: Gay State Conservative; MD Expat in PA

The AP story says it was near expiration


13 posted on 11/17/2012 5:46:00 AM PST by newzjunkey (Still waiting for Akin defenders to come clean and apologize...)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Religion of POSes alert. Thanks SMGFan. IOW, when someone offers $4000 for a $5000 winner, the smart move is always to take it somewhere else. Duh.


14 posted on 11/17/2012 5:47:04 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: MD Expat in PA; newzjunkey
Megamillions Time Limit
15 posted on 11/17/2012 5:49:31 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Benghazi: What Did Baraq Know And When Did He Know It?)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

If you play the lottery, you are already proving that you are
super stupid. It’s a tax on the poor and the math-challenged.

Sorry for all those who I may offend...but the truth is the truth.....


16 posted on 11/17/2012 6:12:21 AM PST by Arlis (.)
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To: Drew68

Yes! BamaClaus voters.


17 posted on 11/17/2012 6:16:15 AM PST by X-spurt (It is time for OFF YOUR FEET and on the gravy-train)
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To: MD Expat in PA

More info on the story at the following article. The article states the ticket was purchased in Oct. 2006 and was a $250,000 annual payout over 20 years. They have been in contact with the orginal purchaser it seems and charges have been filed against the two brothers.

http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20121113/NEWS03/121119777/1066/news03

Another article:
http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2012/11/syracuse_brothers_lottery_ticket_arrested.html


18 posted on 11/17/2012 6:29:46 AM PST by deport
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To: Arlis

The lottery is a direct tax on stupidity. The more stupid you are, the more heavily you are taxed.

I’m only dumb enough to get lottery tickets at Christmas as stocking stuffers for the wife and kids (both grown). More as a joke than anything else.


19 posted on 11/17/2012 7:18:11 AM PST by henkster ("The people who count the votes decide everything." -Joseph Stalin)
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To: Arlis

Yea it is a stupid tax, but there is a gambler’s idiom “It’s okay to risk a very little to win a huge amount”.

To me, that means about 50 bucks a year in lotto tickets. Now if I can only remember to check them to see if I won.


20 posted on 11/17/2012 7:24:56 AM PST by Usagi_yo
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To: Usagi_yo

In my case it is about $10 a year !

I’ll buy a $1 ticket on a whim ,sometimes months go buy with no lottery purchase.

I’m only a bit stupid.


21 posted on 11/17/2012 7:31:17 AM PST by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: Usagi_yo
"gambler's idiom"

I had a statistics prof. in college who said there is a number when it's actually mathematically favorable to buy a ticket. I can't remember what amount it was, but it might have been 25 million. He drew the theory on the blackboard. And he was an excellent stats prof.

22 posted on 11/17/2012 8:08:18 AM PST by driftless2
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To: Arlis

Perhaps, but my dad won 3,000 and 75,000 playing scratch off tickets.


23 posted on 11/17/2012 4:12:20 PM PST by Amberdawn
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To: henkster

Yeah, I much prefer confiscatory taxes


24 posted on 11/17/2012 4:22:50 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: SMGFan

Muslims being Muslims


25 posted on 11/17/2012 5:26:13 PM PST by Doulos1 (Bitter Clinger Forever!)
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To: SMGFan

Muslims being Muslims


26 posted on 11/17/2012 5:26:13 PM PST by Doulos1 (Bitter Clinger Forever!)
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To: Amberdawn

Even a blind pig finds an ear of corn in a plowed field - once in a while........

Millions never win a fraction of what they spend......glad you know one of them who won......


27 posted on 11/17/2012 5:44:08 PM PST by Arlis (.)
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