Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Valid $179 Million Lost Lottery Ticket Turned In- Battle Looms Over 'Lost Property'
Detroit Free Press ^ | 1/6/04

Posted on 01/06/2004 8:28:02 AM PST by 11th Earl of Mar

Edited on 05/07/2004 7:13:17 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Someone turned in a valid ticket for the $162 million Mega Millions multistate lottery jackpot, the Ohio Lottery said Tuesday, a day after a Cleveland woman claimed she lost the winning ticket outside the convenience store where it was sold.


(Excerpt) Read more at freep.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: luck
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-150151-200 ... 301-329 next last

1 posted on 01/06/2004 8:28:03 AM PST by 11th Earl of Mar
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: 11th Earl of Mar
Elecia Battle is a fairly young black woman. Don't let the winner be white or all hell is going to break loose.
2 posted on 01/06/2004 8:29:00 AM PST by ClintonBeGone
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 11th Earl of Mar
In short, this woman cannot prove the ticket was hers.
3 posted on 01/06/2004 8:29:50 AM PST by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 11th Earl of Mar
I just hope Dennis Kucinich or Jerry Springer didn't win.
4 posted on 01/06/2004 8:30:27 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi Mac ....... Become a Monthly at FR... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AppyPappy
Might there be latent prints, perhaps?

What a screwup. LOL
5 posted on 01/06/2004 8:31:15 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi Mac ....... Become a Monthly at FR... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: ClintonBeGone
Hey, those are my numbers too! And I lost a ticket too!
6 posted on 01/06/2004 8:31:16 AM PST by 2banana
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: AppyPappy
If she can, split the winnings. If she can't, she should get nothing.
7 posted on 01/06/2004 8:31:55 AM PST by KantianBurke (Don't Tread on Me)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

Comment #8 Removed by Moderator

To: AppyPappy
No, especially when one of the "significant" numbers represents a son's birthday - reversed.
Another two numbers are the month and day of another son.

Yeah right!
9 posted on 01/06/2004 8:32:00 AM PST by It's me
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: ClintonBeGone
I hope the winner is young. Usually they are older, retired folks who aren't going to get to enjoy the money and will soon be passing a lot to the government in the form of estate tax.
10 posted on 01/06/2004 8:32:18 AM PST by Darth Reagan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: AppyPappy
Unless there is store video to match her buying a ticket with the time the number was purchased via the lottery system the system - she has no proof other than "I want some of that money."
11 posted on 01/06/2004 8:32:23 AM PST by NorthGA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: All
Rank Location Receipts Donors/Avg Freepers/Avg Monthlies
25 Missouri 221.00
6
36.83
331
0.67
198.00
14

Thanks for donating to Free Republic!

Move your locale up the leaderboard!

12 posted on 01/06/2004 8:32:25 AM PST by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ClintonBeGone
Fear not. She will soon hear those magic seven words: "How much to make you go away..."
13 posted on 01/06/2004 8:33:24 AM PST by gridlock (There's no such thing as idiot-proof, only idiot-resistant. The ingenuity of idiots knows no bounds)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: AppyPappy
Finders keepers...

But even a wrong fool who has lawyer, can cause many problems.
14 posted on 01/06/2004 8:33:30 AM PST by 11th Earl of Mar
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: AppyPappy
But what would be the odds that she would claim to have lost that specific ticket in a specific area, then have somebody find it there. It's not as if this kind of claim pops up every day. The odds of that being phony are astronomically low.

I hope they come to agreement to split it half and half after taxes.
15 posted on 01/06/2004 8:33:30 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: HiTech RedNeck
What are the odds she had someone she knew in the lottery department that fed her the data?
16 posted on 01/06/2004 8:35:09 AM PST by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: NorthGA
Exactly. If they can show it is hers, the legally she would probably be entitled to its return. "Finders keepers" is not really the law in this type of situation since the ticket was lost, not abandoned.
17 posted on 01/06/2004 8:36:13 AM PST by OneTimeLurker
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: All
The ticket was turned in and the winner is NOT the woman who claims to have lost it.

The woman has played the same numbers off and on over time using a "bet" ticket.

The only question that remains is if charges will be filed against the scumbag who tried to claim the ticket was hers and that she lost it.
18 posted on 01/06/2004 8:39:40 AM PST by Bikers4Bush (Bush and Co. are quickly convincing me that the Constitution Party is our only hope.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: OneTimeLurker
That ticket is going to be dusted for prints, DNA and who knows what else and some expensive legal teams are going to get their fair share as well. Wonder what this does for case law and other precedents.
19 posted on 01/06/2004 8:41:11 AM PST by gipper81 (Kofi Annan, The Hague, the French, the Guinean foreign minister ... the usual suspects)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: 11th Earl of Mar
claim the money anonymously and get the hell out of Cleve-burg !!
20 posted on 01/06/2004 8:41:47 AM PST by Gaetano
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: OneTimeLurker
Exactly. If they can show it is hers, the legally she would probably be entitled to its return. "Finders keepers" is not really the law in this type of situation since the ticket was lost, not abandoned.

If she can prove she lost it. Saying she bought the ticket isnt enough.

A few of her numbers she claims she uses is the month and day backwards. Now why would someone use that? instead of just normal?

21 posted on 01/06/2004 8:42:19 AM PST by smith288 (Secret member of the VRWC elite forces)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Bikers4Bush
Rebecca Jamison.. COME ON DOWN !!!! Your Prize is Ready!
22 posted on 01/06/2004 8:42:35 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi Mac ....... Become a Monthly at FR... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Gaetano
Anonymous is one thing that big lottery winners aren't. They have to agree to let their real names be used in publicity for the lottery.
23 posted on 01/06/2004 8:43:26 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge
Rebecca has chosen the Cash option, about 94 million .. Nice lump sum!
24 posted on 01/06/2004 8:43:44 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi Mac ....... Become a Monthly at FR... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: gipper81
IT will not get that far. If the Winner used a beting slip, there will be toher numbers on the winning ticket, that Ms.Battle will be unable to ID.

Then they should prosecute her for fraud.

25 posted on 01/06/2004 8:43:53 AM PST by hobbes1 ( Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "I know everything so you don't have to" ;)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: gridlock
Fear not. She will soon hear those magic seven words: "How much to make you go away..."

Either way, two lives are about to embark on a very ugly public battle. This will probably end up being one of those stories of the year. Were I the ticket holder, I would offer only one deal. I'll give you whatever it takes (after taxes) to net you $1 million. If you fight me in court, I will see that you get no more than the $1 you paid for the ticket.

26 posted on 01/06/2004 8:44:32 AM PST by ClintonBeGone
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: hobbes1
Exactly.
27 posted on 01/06/2004 8:44:35 AM PST by Bikers4Bush (Bush and Co. are quickly convincing me that the Constitution Party is our only hope.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: HiTech RedNeck
Not in California
28 posted on 01/06/2004 8:44:47 AM PST by steveo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

What a rush. Congratulations!
29 posted on 01/06/2004 8:44:55 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi Mac ....... Become a Monthly at FR... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: gipper81
The only legal fees that should be actually paid should be by the winning ticket holder defending his/her claim. The plaintiffs should have to pay all other legal fees as pure speculation (contingency).

The

30 posted on 01/06/2004 8:45:01 AM PST by NorthGA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Bikers4Bush
If she has some older tickets with the same numbers, it would lend credence to her claims. I often go weeks without checking my numbers (they just stay on my car visor until I have a stack, then go check them online).
31 posted on 01/06/2004 8:45:14 AM PST by RabidBartender (Congratulations - LSU and USC - 2003 National Champions!!!!!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: ClintonBeGone
She's black ! Thank god. Mayfield Road is safe now.
32 posted on 01/06/2004 8:45:24 AM PST by Gaetano
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: ClintonBeGone
You're willing to give her a million dollars for making up a story?

Who the hell is she, Stephen King?

Give her a good swift kick in the ass as her parting gift.

33 posted on 01/06/2004 8:45:29 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: 11th Earl of Mar
The Ohio Lottery says the ticket is a bearer note, which means whoever turns in a valid ticket is legally entitled to the winnings.

Says it all. I'm just angry I didn't know soon enough to drive up there and search for it myself. I had a lot of plans for that money.

34 posted on 01/06/2004 8:46:19 AM PST by Naspino (Exodus 22: 28 Thou shalt not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of thy people.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AppyPappy
"In short, this woman cannot prove the ticket was hers."

Bingo! Had she reported it missing before the drawing, I'd have some sympathy for her. After the drawing, however, her claims about how she picked the numbers are very suspicious.

If I knew the numbers for a given lottery, I have no doubt I could come up with some list of reasons I picked each number, tying them to family birthdays, ages, etc., just as she claims to have done.

About the only way she's going to be able to prove her claim is if her fingerprints are on the ticket, and that's fairly unlikely. The finder could easily wipe the ticket down and remove any such prints.

Bottom line: If you buy a lottery ticket, hold onto it. If you lose it, you ain't getting the money.
35 posted on 01/06/2004 8:47:22 AM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: AppyPappy
In short, this woman cannot prove the ticket was hers.

Obviously, there is a date/time record of when the ticket was sold. If some other evidence can establish who was at the counter at that time, like store surveillance video, then it is entirely possible to determine the owner.It shocks me to hear the police and lottery officials yapping about "finder's keepers" in this case. It's completely irresponsible.

36 posted on 01/06/2004 8:47:22 AM PST by Trailerpark Badass
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: 11th Earl of Mar
The Ohio Lottery says the ticket is a bearer note, which means whoever turns in a valid ticket is legally entitled to the winnings.

End of story. Except of course, that this woman is an oppressed woman of color and is, once again, victimized by the bigotry and hate inherent in the hearts of all white heterosexual males.

She'll sue and she'll win.

37 posted on 01/06/2004 8:48:02 AM PST by Euro-American Scum (A poverty-stricken middle class must be a disarmed middle class)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Gaetano
She's black ! Thank god. Mayfield Road is safe now.

Darn, and I was anxiously awaiting Johnny Cochran or Rev Al to jump into this with a new catchphrase.
38 posted on 01/06/2004 8:48:09 AM PST by lelio
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: RabidBartender
I do the same. Chances are that she still has the bet ticket she used and all the numbers on that will match all the numbers on the ticket.

39 posted on 01/06/2004 8:48:33 AM PST by Bikers4Bush (Bush and Co. are quickly convincing me that the Constitution Party is our only hope.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: Trailerpark Badass
The video surveilance was broken.
40 posted on 01/06/2004 8:48:34 AM PST by Naspino (Exodus 22: 28 Thou shalt not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of thy people.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: dead
Who the hell is she, Stephen King?

Hmm? Huh?

RandallFlagg
Since Jan 15, 2000
41 posted on 01/06/2004 8:48:41 AM PST by RandallFlagg ("There are worse things than crucifixion...There are teeth.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: MineralMan
Bingo! Had she reported it missing before the drawing, I'd have some sympathy for her.

I'm waiting for her to show some old lottery tickets with the same numbers as she always plays those.
42 posted on 01/06/2004 8:49:08 AM PST by lelio
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: MineralMan
In addition she waited until Friday to file a police report, the drawing was on Tuesday.
43 posted on 01/06/2004 8:49:47 AM PST by Bikers4Bush (Bush and Co. are quickly convincing me that the Constitution Party is our only hope.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: Bikers4Bush
I do the same. Chances are that she still has the bet ticket she used and all the numbers on that will match all the numbers on the ticket.

I wouldn't assume she has any other tickets. She couldn't even hold on to the winning one.

44 posted on 01/06/2004 8:49:54 AM PST by Naspino (Exodus 22: 28 Thou shalt not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of thy people.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

To: smith288
A few of her numbers she claims she uses is the month and day backwards. Now why would someone use that? instead of just normal?
Simple. The numbers for days of the month only reach to number 31. By playing the numbers backwards, one can get to the numbers above 31.
45 posted on 01/06/2004 8:50:29 AM PST by eastsider
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: Bikers4Bush
Unfortunately, anyone could go in the store anytime before or after the drawing and fill out a betting ticket.
46 posted on 01/06/2004 8:51:13 AM PST by RabidBartender (Congratulations - LSU and USC - 2003 National Champions!!!!!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

To: Naspino
Noooo, I mean the real winner. She has the bet slip she filled out to run through the machine. She's used it a number of times.
47 posted on 01/06/2004 8:51:17 AM PST by Bikers4Bush (Bush and Co. are quickly convincing me that the Constitution Party is our only hope.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 44 | View Replies]

To: MineralMan
Well said. I have two kids. On the rare occasion that I play Lotto,I use month and date of both, my age and wife's birth date. I don't revers a date, use a sister's 'date and pick a lucky number.

This lady has seven kids.... more than enough numbers to pick from.

Hey wait, 32 is the combined ages of my kids multiplied by the number of kids I have minus my house number... It's my ticket, honest!!!

48 posted on 01/06/2004 8:51:36 AM PST by dmzTahoe (1.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: Naspino
I guess they could ask the clerk if the woman showed up around the time of the sale of the winning ticket. But what if the clerk is in a scam with her?

They ought to require lottery ticket buyers leave fingerprints as ID.
49 posted on 01/06/2004 8:51:43 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: RabidBartender
And have them all match the additional numbers on the ticket? In other words the other 4 combinations. I doubt it.
50 posted on 01/06/2004 8:52:15 AM PST by Bikers4Bush (Bush and Co. are quickly convincing me that the Constitution Party is our only hope.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 46 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-150151-200 ... 301-329 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson