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    Should the lottery ticket belong to the woman who found it in the trash, or the woman who bought it and threw it away?

    When she plucked a winning lottery ticket out of the trash, Sharon Jones' luck changed instantly. The $1 million prize let her pay off debts, give thousands of dollars to her children and buy a gleaming new pickup truck.

    But now her jackpot is in jeopardy. A judge ruled this week that the money belongs to another woman, who says she threw the ticket away after a lottery machine incorrectly told her it was a loser. The Arkansas Lottery Commission insists there are no problems with its equipment.

    "Why does she have the right to come back after she's already thrown it away and say, 'Oh no. Now that it is a winner, I want the money?'" said Jones' husband, William, who was laid off last year after working in construction.

    Sharon Jones claimed the $1 million prize last July, turning in a scratch-off "Diamond Dazzler" ticket that the other woman, Sharon Duncan, said she purchased earlier at the Super 1 Stop convenience store in Beebe, about 35 miles northeast of Little Rock.

    Duncan told a judge she discarded the ticket after an electronic scanner told her it was "not a winner."

    "And then the next thing you know, 10 months later, you're fighting for something that was trash," William Jones said.

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    I think throwing it away should mean you are disposing of it....as in it is no longer yours. If you throw something in the trash once it leaves your property (or if it was never on your property) i don't think you should be able to continue to claim it is yours.

    I'm sure its eating at the woman that she had a winning lottery ticket and tossed it and is trying to somehow desperately rectify the situation in her favor. It must be frustrating to think you tossed away a life changing event over a mistake.

    I disagree with the judges ruling.
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    It was in the garbage. I think the money belong to the woman who found it.

    I don't ever buy lottery tickets. How can the woman who says she threw it out prove she bought it in the first place?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kris_w View Post
    It was in the garbage. I think the money belong to the woman who found it.

    I don't ever buy lottery tickets. How can the woman who says she threw it out prove she bought it in the first place?
    I agree. I don't see how the Judge could even come to that conclusion if the time didn't match up to when she bought the ticket. Just because she bought a ticket doesn't prove that was the one. Even IF it was her ticket... sorry your mistake for throwing it away.

    White County Judge Thomas Hughes concluded that Duncan bought the winning ticket, even though lottery records and store security video didn't synch up to the precise timing of the purchase. He ruled that Duncan never abandoned her right to claim the winnings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kris_w View Post
    It was in the garbage. I think the money belong to the woman who found it.

    I don't ever buy lottery tickets. How can the woman who says she threw it out prove she bought it in the first place?
    They have video of her buying it.

    Honestly, the would have been best off reaching a settlement with her in the amount the lawyers would get to fight it.

    I understand the discrading of the trash, but in this case I don't know. They've done undercover video showing cashiers telling customers their ticket wasn't a winner and then claiming the prize money for themselves. Nobody intends to throw away something of value so I can see her point of view. I would hate to find myself on either end of that situation. I scratch my tickets in my car so I only throw the losers away at home. While someone could go through my trash in search of lottery tickets, it's highly unlikely.

    Maybe I'll start signing the back of my tickets so even if someone finds it, they won't be able to cash it. LOL

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    Nobody intends to...but the fact is she did. Life is tough. If you throw out some old furniture and then later find out its a valuable antique, do you get to reclaim that from whoever decided to pull it out of the rubble?

    The fact that she didn't intend to do it makes me feel bad for her...doesn't make me think she still owns it...she CHUCKED it.

    In cases where they were tricked by an employee or something? I could see how there might be some sort of legal recourse. Thats not what it sounds like here. She claims a machine lied to her. I'd hate to say it, but in this case, a human is more likely to error than the machine.
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    If she signed the back of it, as you're supposed to do, then she should get the money. It shouldn't matter whether the ticket was lost accidentally or intentionally thrown away due to bad information, if she had properly claimed it by signing the back, the money would be hers regardless how the ticket left her possession. If she didn't do that, then she's out of luck. Bad decision by that judge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ethanwinfield View Post
    They have video of her buying it.
    Ah. Well, then they should have video of her throwing it out too. Once something is in the garbage, I think you've given up ownership.

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    Once something is in the trash it is no longer yours. That said, if she felt she was lied to by an employee or the machine, she could sue the place that sold it, but not go after the person who found the ticket.

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    Well, this is interesting...

    White County Judge Thomas Hughes concluded that Duncan bought the winning ticket, even though lottery records and store security video didn’t synch up to the precise timing of the purchase.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/nation...dxT_story.html

    That's not quite the same as other news reports that said she was pictured on video purchasing the winning ticket. So are we going to see half a dozen other people who bought tickets in that out-of-synch timeframe popping up to claim that *they* are actually the rightful owner to the ticket? Seriously, sign your tickets, people. That way, if it's a winner, at least you can get a reasonable share from the person who plucked it from the trash.
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