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Lotta lotto chaos in Spudderville March 21, 2007

Posted by daveintexas in Economics, Humor.

Court fight set over who owns winning lottery tick.

A million spuds, er, bucks up for grabs in Boise.

But they’re keeping the fight in the family.  The four parties arguing are two clerks at a Maverick’s Convenience Store, the store manager, and the Maverick chain itself.

Alledgedly a clerk rang up a ticket for a customer, but it was the wrong kind so she set it aside and rang up another and sent him on his way.

You already know what that set aside ticket on the counter is about to become.

Spudder state law says the store eats screwed up tickets.  With a dash of Tabasco™.  Technically, it’s their property.

Clerk A left, Clerk B shows up to work, sees ticket.  Clerk B and manager check to see if it is a winner, and by golly it is, so they split the cost of the ticket and buy it after the fact.

They file a claim to win.  So does Clerk A.  So does Maverick, who asserts they owned the ticket at the time the game ended.

Interestingly (to me anyway, but I’m a moron) the Lottery Commission decided to let a local court figure it out.  It’ll be interesting to see how it gets ruled.  Apparently the commission doesn’t have a set rule on “who owns goobered up tickets”?

Hey, I think it belongs to Geezer, and I deserve a share for making him aware of it.  Go get our money dude.  I’ll be here.  Have your people call my people.


1. Lipstick - March 21, 2007

I say the store owns the ticket. The clerk and manager only decided to purchase the ticket after they knew it was a winner.

2. Retired Geezer - March 21, 2007

Hey, I think it belongs to Geezer,

It probably does. I’m such a retard, when I first moved up here I didn’t realize that if you have the Powerball number, you win something.
I threw away a bunch of tickets because that was the only number that got drawn.

I know better now.

3. Don Carne - March 21, 2007

Lipstick has it right. I the ticket wasn’t a winner the employees wouldn’t’ve boght it. If Idaho law says that the store eats bum tickets, then the store shoud benefit if the bum ticket turns into gold. But now the question is who at Maverick gets the money?

4. compos mentis - March 21, 2007

Store owns it. Owner of the store gets the dough. It should come down to exactly who has to eat the dollar when it’s NOT a winner. Anything else is horseshit.

5. daveintexas - March 21, 2007

Oh well it would be the shareholders of the company, it’s privately held.

I was just surprised that the LC passed the buck, but it appears as though there’s lots of allegations to work through, and I guess the courts are where you do that.

Still, Geez, file a claim dude.

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