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Woman who lost Ark. lotto ticket entitled to $1M
Associated Press ^ | May 1, 2012 | CHUCK BARTELS

Posted on 05/01/2012 5:32:39 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

SEARCY, Ark. (AP) -- An Arkansas woman who cashed $1 million lottery ticket may have to give up the winnings to a woman who threw away the ticket after she bought it.

A judge ruled Tuesday that Sharon Duncan is entitled to the prize money, not Sharon Jones, who claimed the prize money after she took it from a trash can of discarded lottery tickets at a convenience store in Beebe.

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1 posted on 05/01/2012 5:32:43 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Oh, c’mon! Anyone can say they threw away a ticket.


2 posted on 05/01/2012 5:34:10 PM PDT by madison10 (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. TJ)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Stupid judge...split it....


3 posted on 05/01/2012 5:34:22 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Is this the ticket that was squirreled away in a secret crevice of a McDonalds?


4 posted on 05/01/2012 5:34:45 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Pathetic!


5 posted on 05/01/2012 5:36:25 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: Sacajaweau

BS, you hold the ticket, you win the money.


6 posted on 05/01/2012 5:36:30 PM PDT by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: Sacajaweau
You would think lottery tickets would be digital now instead of relying on a piece of paper. Banking went from paper to electronic, right? That's one way to avoid situations like these.


7 posted on 05/01/2012 5:37:07 PM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: Steely Tom

No, that joyful episode took place in Maryland.


8 posted on 05/01/2012 5:37:20 PM PDT by Theoria (Rush Limbaugh: Ron Paul sounds like an Islamic terrorist)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

um’’if you throw it out, is it really yours anymore??


9 posted on 05/01/2012 5:37:35 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Steely Tom
Best Happy Meal prize you'll ever get.


10 posted on 05/01/2012 5:39:38 PM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The Legal Forces in the USA for many years have been rooting in suspects garbage with the backing of the top courts. The rulings have always been once an item was placed in a trash receptacle, and not on a person’s private land, it was considered surrendered to who ever takes it thereafter.
How did this ruling not fall under those rulings?


11 posted on 05/01/2012 5:42:40 PM PDT by GOYAKLA (Recall/ Impeachment Day, November 6, 2012. FUBO, same for RINOs)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

You can’t really own anything any more. Stuff just floats around, and then the government gives it to someone.


12 posted on 05/01/2012 5:42:58 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Like Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin has become simply a stick with which to beat Whites.)
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To: madison10
Hughes found that the evidence weighed in Duncan's favor that she bought the winning ticket, even though lottery records and store security video didn't synch up to the precise timing of the purchase.

Credit card, bank card records? What evidence? She was in the store at roughly the right time?

If Ms. Jones hadn't told anyone that she picked the ticket out of the trash, would Ms. Duncan have been able to make the claim?

13 posted on 05/01/2012 5:51:32 PM PDT by heartwood
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To: ClearCase_guy

This is why you always write your name on it...


14 posted on 05/01/2012 5:51:36 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This smells VERY fishy.....


15 posted on 05/01/2012 5:56:36 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I agree that it sounds pretty stupid, but I’m always suspicious when a store clerk “finds” a winning ticket. There’s been so many stories of store clerks telling people a ticket isn’t a winner and pocketing it that I’m always skeptical.


16 posted on 05/01/2012 6:12:57 PM PDT by tuwood
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To: ClearCase_guy

I bet the Left copies and pastes that as their new Constitution.


17 posted on 05/01/2012 6:25:15 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch ( go in peace , serve the Lord)
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To: GOYAKLA

I too wondered if this says police can not search trash any more. So I read the article. It appears:

1. The woman who bought the ticket later returned to the store.

2. The ticket was scanned and returned as not a winner.

3. The woman dropped said ticket into a can on the counter for discarded tickets.

4. The second woman apparently not employed by the store at some point later took a bunch of tickets from the can to recheck. [I am not sure if rechecking could be because some people just look at posted numbers and do not have the tickets scanned? ]

My view is:

A. The second woman legally is due to winnings, unless somehow she involved in a scam to falsely tell the person who bought the ticket it was not a winner.

B. The woman who bought the ticket has a cause of action for $1,000,000 against the store or the lottery system and the software company depending on who owns the machine in the store that told her her ticket was not a winner, unless somehow she is lying about scanning the ticket and just read the numbers and concluded on her own she did not win.

I am not an attorney but that is how I see it.


18 posted on 05/01/2012 6:26:17 PM PDT by JLS (How to turn a recession into a depression: elect a Dem president with a big majorities in Congress))
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Doesn’t the ticket say you need to sign it in order to claim it? If the lady threw it away that is is her fault.
Finders keepers losers weepers


19 posted on 05/01/2012 6:31:51 PM PDT by funfan
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To: heartwood

If Ms. Jones hadn’t told anyone that she picked the ticket out of the trash, would Ms. Duncan have been able to make the claim? Exactly! Stupid is, as stupid does, She was incapable of keeping her mouth shut. Credit card, bank card records? I think this is a cash only transaction, at least that is the way it’s run in Colorado.


20 posted on 05/01/2012 6:56:32 PM PDT by Colorado Cowgirl (God bless America!)
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To: Sacajaweau

Stupid judge...split it....

Say what? Split it between the finder and her attorney. The one that threw it away, threw it away. Too effing bad. Sober up before you sort your lotto ticks next time. The claimant is the one who signed the back of the ticket


21 posted on 05/01/2012 6:58:14 PM PDT by Figment
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To: GeronL

no


22 posted on 05/01/2012 6:59:23 PM PDT by Figment
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To: heartwood

Credit card, bank card records?

Not sure about ARK, but most places lotto is cash only


23 posted on 05/01/2012 7:02:09 PM PDT by Figment
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To: doc1019
BS, you hold the ticket, you win the money.

Bingo!

Of course, that notion went away along with the concept of "bearer" bonds. You can thank the War On (some) drugs for that, along with the IRS' desire to find every nickel that is or might be due to the fedguv.

24 posted on 05/01/2012 7:06:31 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: heartwood

If Ms. Jones hadn’t told anyone that she picked the ticket out of the trash, would Ms. Duncan have been able to make the claim?

Doesn’t matter if she got it from the trash or found it blowing in the wind, it’s hers. The store brought the suit thinking they could claim it, then the supposed buyer jumped in. Ms Jones and the lawyer will split this 2/3 to 1/3. No one else has a valid claim


25 posted on 05/01/2012 7:07:04 PM PDT by Figment
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To: tuwood
There’s been so many stories of store clerks telling people a ticket isn’t a winner and pocketing it that I’m always skeptical.

How lazy and stupid does somebody have to be to ask a store clerk to check their tickets to see if they won?

26 posted on 05/01/2012 7:11:39 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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27 posted on 05/01/2012 7:25:31 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: madison10

Loosers weepers, finders keepers.


28 posted on 05/01/2012 7:34:21 PM PDT by DefeatCorruption
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To: JLS

Sounds reasonable to sane people but we are talking about Judges!


29 posted on 05/01/2012 9:16:39 PM PDT by GOYAKLA (Recall/ Impeachment Day, November 6, 2012. FUBO, same for RINOs)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Hey wait. I am the owner of the ticket. I lost it. NO I threw it away, yeah that’s the ticket.


30 posted on 05/01/2012 9:32:11 PM PDT by Jack Burton007 (This is Jack Burton in the Pork Chop Express, and I'm talkin' to whoever's listenin' out there.)
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