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$162 million Mega Millions lottery ticket reported lost
Lansing State Journal ^ | 1/06/04 | Joe Milicia

Posted on 01/06/2004 2:49:28 AM PST by Dane

$162 million Mega Millions lottery ticket reported lost Ohio woman files report with police over unclaimed prize

By Joe Milicia
Associated Press

CLEVELAND - A woman has told police she picked the winning numbers for the $162 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot but lost the ticket before the drawing, according to a police report.

Elecia Battle of Cleveland told police she dropped her purse as she left the Quick Shop Food Mart last week after buying the ticket. She said she realized after the drawing last Tuesday that the ticket was missing.

The Ohio Lottery said that the winning ticket was sold at the store in South Euclid, about 15 miles east of Cleveland.

Battle, 40, would not talk about the specifics of how she lost it. She planned a news conference today to announce a reward.

"I'm praying that someone finds the ticket, brings it forward and gets rewarded and from there we all live happily ever after," said Battle, who cried as she talked.

She and her husband have seven children, some from previous marriages.

"To have something in your hand and have it slip out is a tough thing to swallow," said Jimmy Battle, who has two jobs.

After news of Battle's police report spread Monday night, several people wielding flashlights walked through snow and braved frigid temperatures to try to find the ticket in the store parking lot.

"I decided to come back to see if I could find the winning ticket," said LaVerne Coleman, 57, who says she would keep the winnings if she found the ticket.

Police say Battle was in tears when she came to the station Friday to file the report and did not hesitate when asked to write down the winning numbers.

"We don't believe that she's fabricating it, but there's no real way of knowing," Lt. Kevin Nieter said Monday.

He said information Battle knew about when the ticket was bought and how the numbers were picked make her story credible. She told police that the numbers - 12, 18, 21, 32 and 46 and Mega Ball 49 - represented family birthdays and ages.

The winning ticket was sold to someone who chose the numbers, not someone who let the machine pick.

Ohio Lottery spokeswoman Mardele Cohen said that if someone else came in with the ticket, Battle could try to get a temporary restraining order in court to block the winnings from being paid.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: luck
Woh Nellie, this should be a barnburner.
1 posted on 01/06/2004 2:49:29 AM PST by Dane
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2 posted on 01/06/2004 2:51:32 AM PST by Support Free Republic (I'd rather be sleeping. Let's get this over with so I can go back to sleep!)
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To: Dane
Finders, Keepers. Losers, Weepers.
3 posted on 01/06/2004 2:58:51 AM PST by fuquadukie (If you can read this, you're too close.)
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To: Dane
Elecia, this is fate's way of telling you not to gamble.
4 posted on 01/06/2004 2:59:52 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: Dane
losers weepers... wow... lots of weeping... finders winners... but its probably in the trash..
5 posted on 01/06/2004 3:07:15 AM PST by GeronL (Ah daunt yous spiel cheekier ether)
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To: Dane
"I decided to come back to see if I could find the winning ticket," said LaVerne Coleman, 57, who says she would keep the winnings if she found the ticket</I.

What a sweet woman (sarcasm)! I feel sorry for the woman that lost the ticket. This is something like I would do. I'm always misplacing/losing things--usually in my house which is a disaster. With my luck, my toddler would find it and put it through the paper shredder.

6 posted on 01/06/2004 3:10:27 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom
oops italics off
7 posted on 01/06/2004 3:11:20 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: Dane
She planned a news conference today to announce a reward

Uhhh...Yeah, OK. Let`s see...In my hand is a ticket for close to a quarter billion dollars..hmmmm

8 posted on 01/06/2004 3:21:53 AM PST by metalboy (I`m still waiting for the protests against Saddam and Al Qaida)
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To: Dane
so did she memorize the numbers before she left the store? she didn't check her purse for the tic after she dropped it?

the story smells kind of fishee here

9 posted on 01/06/2004 3:28:36 AM PST by InvisibleChurch (Want ad: What is the best stamp collecting site?)
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To: Dane
If you fumble the ball through the endzone, it's a touchback (i.e., you lose the ball by rule). You can only keep it if you recover it yourself before it's gone.
10 posted on 01/06/2004 3:45:07 AM PST by Physicist
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To: Dane
If she didn't sign the back of the ticket, wouldn't it be fair game to the finder?
11 posted on 01/06/2004 4:02:31 AM PST by laker_dad
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To: Dane
Ohio Lottery spokeswoman Mardele Cohen said that if someone else came in with the ticket, Battle could try to get a temporary restraining order in court to block the winnings from being paid.

Rots of Ruck with that! Payout is to the person holding the (signed) ticket.

12 posted on 01/06/2004 4:09:01 AM PST by woofer
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To: InvisibleChurch
yep, I agree with you...a "scam" that hasn't been duplicated......yet.....
13 posted on 01/06/2004 5:01:27 AM PST by smiley
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To: Dane
Elecia Battle of Cleveland told police she dropped her purse as she left the Quick Shop Food Mart last week after buying the ticket. She said she realized after the drawing last Tuesday that the ticket was missing.

Yep, and she has a bridge to sell us too....

She planned a news conference today to announce a reward.

"I'm praying that someone finds the ticket, brings it forward and gets rewarded and from there we all live happily ever after," said Battle, who cried as she talked.

This woman is truly nieve - sure there is a reward for bringing the ticket forward...the whole jackpot. How can she or anyone else proove that she is the one who bought the winning ticket?

If no-one could tell, I have no sympathy for this woman.

14 posted on 01/06/2004 5:32:23 AM PST by TheBattman (OK- Do it your way - just don't come crying to me when it doesn't work!)
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To: Dane
No Tickee, no laundry
15 posted on 01/06/2004 5:36:52 AM PST by You Dirty Rats
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To: Dane
She forgot to mention that it was Ernest Byner who dropped (fumbled) her purse in the parking lot. Expect John Elway to turn up with the ticket. The Cleveland curse continues.
16 posted on 01/06/2004 5:58:13 AM PST by Gaetano (ex-clevelander)
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To: Dane
That's going to be the cleanest parking lot in America!
17 posted on 01/06/2004 6:00:15 AM PST by theDentist (Tagline deamed un-inhabitable. Condemned. New Location sought....)
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To: Dane
No offense to this lady but how would we know she was the ticket purchaser? Even if I found the thing I dont know if I would just take her word. This is a serious case of finder keepers if you ask me. Heck, I should have a press conference and just say I was in the area and bought that ticket but the wind blew it out of my hand after leaving the store.

I would say I will offer a 100,000 reward if they give me the ticket (has to be someone stupid enough to do that) and then I would be bathing in dolla billz, y'all)
18 posted on 01/06/2004 6:08:31 AM PST by smith288 (Secret member of the VRWC elite forces)
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To: laker_dad
If her claim is true, then legally the ticket is her property, which is considered "lost," and not "abandoned." Her central problem is proving that the specific ticket belongs to her. If she cannot, then the ticket is fair game.
19 posted on 01/06/2004 6:14:44 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: laker_dad
If she didn't sign the back of the ticket, wouldn't it be fair game to the finder?

Yep, she's outta luck.

20 posted on 01/06/2004 6:14:46 AM PST by Dane
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To: InvisibleChurch
so did she memorize the numbers before she left the store?

Well, nobody claimed the prize, and she knew that the store that the winning ticket was purchased from was the store that she purchased her ticket at.

She lost the ticket, and she is assuming that the winning ticket was the one she lost.

21 posted on 01/06/2004 6:17:36 AM PST by New Horizon
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To: theDentist
That's going to be the cleanest parking lot in America!

If it's even in the parking lot. It get's windy in Cleveland, it could be in Lake Erie or it could have disintegrated with all the rain. If her story is true(that she dropped the ticket) that ticket has had to face the elements for nearly a week.

22 posted on 01/06/2004 6:17:42 AM PST by Dane
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To: fuquadukie
I think it would be difficult for someone illegit to cash in on this lottery winning now that this woman has tainted the whole thing; her likely purpose. The police will likely require some proof that the ticket finder is legit, given the amount of the winnings.
23 posted on 01/06/2004 6:18:36 AM PST by GigaDittos (Bumper sticker: "Vote Democrat, it's easier than getting a job.")
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To: Dane
What a coincidence - I also picked the winning numbers for the big Powerball drawing, but lost my ticket, too. Yeah, that's it, it blew out of my purse while I was leaving the Kroger store and, um, a dog picked it up and ran down the street. I chased him, but he chewed it up, so I, uh, nabbed him and waited until it has passed through his system, then I retrieved it and, wouldn't you know it, oh my gosh, a sudden thunderstorm washed it from my hand and down the sewer, and, let's see, well, anyway, I should get the money.
24 posted on 01/06/2004 6:19:47 AM PST by mountaineer
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To: Support Free Republic
If I had bought a bunch of lottery tickets up there, I would drop them around the city. Childish, yes. But fun, nonetheless.
25 posted on 01/06/2004 6:21:30 AM PST by An American in Turkiye
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To: mountaineer
Just one more piece to the puzzle? Does the store have a video camera? They could easily see if Ms. Battle was there at the time the winning ticket was sold.
26 posted on 01/06/2004 6:22:21 AM PST by Dane
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To: Dane
If her story is true(that she dropped the ticket) that ticket has had to face the elements for nearly a week.

From the video I saw on the news, it looks like these tickets are printed out using thermal paper (like many cash recipts) rather than a "dot matrix" type of printing on a firmer card stock, like here in Fla. Those thermal printed recipts tend to fade quickly on thier own (try proving a purchase at a tax audit with one 5 years later) so I would think that being exposed to harsh winter elements would make this thing un-readable even if it is found.

27 posted on 01/06/2004 6:30:23 AM PST by peteram
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To: Dane
The winning ticket was sold at the same store she bought hers. She obviously proved the numbers and family birthdays and/or ages coincided with the winning numbers that were "picked" by hand. No one else has come forward with the winning ticket...yet. Lord help them if they do. This will go to court.

This is a ton of money...and there are rules. NO ticket..NO claim. I just hate it when that happens.

sw

28 posted on 01/06/2004 6:33:13 AM PST by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: mountaineer
LOL, exactly. Funny thing is, she's got a bunch of chumps searching in sub-0 weather for it, so when\if it's found she can lay claim to the winnings. Even if her claim(that she lost it)is legit, as far as I understand the rules of the game, she's s.o.l.

Finders keepers, losers....morons.

29 posted on 01/06/2004 6:36:24 AM PST by RckyRaCoCo
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To: Dane
Does the store have a video camera?

the owner says the camera was broken at the time

30 posted on 01/06/2004 6:38:22 AM PST by RckyRaCoCo
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To: RckyRaCoCo
Winning lottery ticket turned in! Fox News says more later...
31 posted on 01/06/2004 7:25:17 AM PST by kcvl
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To: kcvl
Winning lottery ticket turned in! Fox News says more later..

There will definately be more later. Ms. Battle has hired a lawyer.

32 posted on 01/06/2004 8:22:08 AM PST by Dane
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To: Dane
Fox News...awaiting the winner of the $162 Mega Millions Jackpot in five minutes.
33 posted on 01/06/2004 8:26:11 AM PST by kcvl
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