Skip to comments.'Big Winner' collects Lotto prize after alleged clerk caper foiled [ Clerks do lie ]
Posted on 09/17/2010 11:33:21 PM PDT by NoLibZone
NEW YORK A retired New York transit worker is a big winner, but it took some detective work to find out just how big.
$14 million, it turns out.
The New York Lottery on Friday revealed the tale of Milledge McCassell, 72, of Laurelton, in hope of delivering a moral to the story.
McCassell on Aug. 26 took unsigned tickets he bought a day earlier to the Dynasty Deli and Grocery in Jamaica, Queens, to check for possible prizes.
He checked them himself on a store scanner, which for one ticket flashed "Big Winner."
I knew it was a big prize winner, McCassell said. I just didnt know how much.
1. More U.S. news 1. Image: Los Alamos lab 2 held in alleged nuke bomb making for Venezuela
A scientist and his wife were arrested and indicted on charges of trying to help make a nuclear bomb for Venezuela, the Justice Department announced Friday. Full story 2. Updated 116 minutes ago NYC storm: 14 miles of destruction 3. Push to collect online sales tax gathers steam 4. BP: Well will be permanently sealed Saturday 5. Muslim summit planned over NYC Islamic center
McCassell took the ticket to the store clerk, who allegedly scanned the ticket and told McCassell it was no big deal.
McCassell tried to get the clerk to return the ticket, but he was told it had already been tossed or lost.
He left the store empty handed to get help.
I knew something wasnt right so the next day, I went to another retailer I trusted and together, we called the Lottery to file a complaint."
The trusted retailer, according to the New York Post, was Hussein Mesed, owner of the Ideal Stop, Dairy and Grill in Laurelton.
Watch and see just how often stores swap tickets and tell you they didnt.
Some just help winners avoid taxes.
For a minute, I thought he had won a nuclear bomb.
It might also be noted that a person with a Muslim sounding name helped the old man make it right. Props where due I guess.
That’s it? There’s no link and there’s 2 different stories and then it ends with the trusted retailer’s name. Hmmm I like more details like...what happened next and how and so forth.
"In an investigation into state lotteries, Dateline NBC looked at a list of the most frequent winners in eight states. In almost every case, lottery retailers or their relatives were among the top winners. Why?"
Well that is interesting. Did it say anything about investigating the parties?? Sounds criminal to me but who knows.
In an investigation into state lotteries, Dateline NBC looked at a list of the most frequent winners in eight states. In almost every case, lottery retailers or their relatives were among the top winners.
The clerks were winning frequently.
Some had hit the nbsr 50 times in a few years time.
Don’t hand your ticket to them to check.
Hussein was the guy that the old fellow went to after the other clerk took his ticket.
geeze I alway check my own tickets...biggest I ever got was 100 dollars....trust but verify said by some great president.....
This Hussein is more qualified than the one in the White House.
Something similar happened in Texas not too long ago. Customer knew he had a winning ticket, but he didn’t know how much he had won. Handed the ticket to the clerk, was told he won a couple of bucks, and the customer took the cash and left. Clerk takes the big winning ticket, signs it, goes to Austin and collects several million. Store clerk then leaves the country.
Well, during this time, the customer becomes suspicious. Checks his numbers on line, and realizes that he had the big winning ticket. Gets a lawyer and they sue the Texas lottery. They claim the state is responsible because the store clerks are defacto representatives of the state lottery.
I don’t recall how it all turned out. I know the courts froze the store clerk’s bank account that still had some of the lottery winnings. But the customer was still going after the state for the rest of the winnings.
Lesson to those that play the lottery...NEVER, EVER, hand an un-signed lottery ticket to anybody...especially a store clerk. Not all are crooks, but the temptation is just too great, even if the ticket is only worth 50 bucks.
“It might also be noted that a person with a Muslim sounding name helped the old man make it right. Props where due I guess.”
I guess you didn’t read the whole article. The Deli that tried to steal the ticket is owned by a Muslim sounding named person. They threw reporters out of their store.
I’m just curious as to why the self-check machines don’t tell you the exact amount so you can verify it against the clerks machine.
“In an investigation into state lotteries, Dateline NBC looked at a list of the most frequent winners in eight states. In almost every case, lottery retailers or their relatives were among the top winners. Why?”
It could only be because they’re taking the tickets from the poor old uneducated people who buy them, and then bring them back in like this old man to have them scanned for them and instead got scammed themselves instead.
Statistically, what else could it possibly be?
Do you think they’re going to do anything about it?
Or do you think they’re going to continue justice they have so far, letting the scammy owners in their scuzzy convenience stores rip off the poor people and cheat the poor people?
No mention of the would be thief.
Well, one explanation would be that they are the most likely to buy lottery tickets, since they have easy access and are trained to tell people how great they are to purchase.
Then there is the more obvious explanation that they are cheating — but lotteries are run by the state, and the state wouldn’t want ordinary folks to get away with cheating them out of their money.
True story: I worked with this lady who had a dream that she had won the lottery, but I snatched the ticket away from her and cashed it. She didn’t speak to me for months...lol. Maybe she was upset because I lol’ed then, too.
Taha Derham Al Saidi, I see that now.
It was not even in the article that I read.
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.