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Penn. woman sues for share of winning lottery ticket

nobie23's avatar - squiz

I thought you had to pay for lottery tickets with cash. I know that a debit card  purchase is suppose to come right out of your bank account but still shouldn't the store that sold the scratch-off  ticket get in trouble???

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I thought you had to pay for lottery tickets with cash. I know that a debit card  purchase is suppose to come right out of your bank account but still shouldn't the store that sold the scratch-off  ticket get in trouble???

It varies by state.  Some states have rules about only using cash, others don't.

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Here we go again.

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I thought you had to pay for lottery tickets with cash. I know that a debit card  purchase is suppose to come right out of your bank account but still shouldn't the store that sold the scratch-off  ticket get in trouble???

It varies by state.  Some states have rules about only using cash, others don't.

There are plenty of rules about not using credit cards to buy lottery tickets, but that's different than requiring purchases to be paid in cash. The only restrictions I've seen have only prohibited the use of credit cards, but I certainly don't know the specific rules for each state. Pennsylvania prohibits the purchase of tickets with credit cards,  but debit cards are allowed. I would assume checks are also okay.

As a practical matter, since the woman who bought the ticket worked at the store she could have used a credit card if she'd wanted to, and except for the meddlesome roommate nobody would ever have needed to know.  It certainly would have a humorous side if using debit cards was prohibited and by bringing the lawsuit she made the ticket worthless.

bluedog's avatar - animaniacs30

Well folks
here we go again we just have to sit back and see how this one turns out in court.
Never fails it seems to happen every time money is involved!

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I live in Pennsylvania and when I tried to pay for lottery tickets one time with my debit card, they would not accept it for payment. When I asked why not the clerk said it was against the law in PA.

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It is not against the law in PA. It's the store's policy or the clerk's misunderstanding. Most stores REQUIRE cash for tickets, which for lottery is probably a smart move anyway.

jeffrey's avatar - moon

If a woman who left her husband but didn't divorce him can claim half, then domestic partners should be treated the same by the law.

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I think that if they split smaller winnings in the past, then this million dollar win should be no different.  I wonder if it was Ms. Evans that  won if  Ms Rechichar would have expected her to split the money? (We all know the answer to that question) Anyway I think she should do the right thing and split the prize money.  I am willing to bet if she is able to keep the money to herself that she will be broke within a year anyway. I believe in Karma and what goes around will most certainly come around.  Good luck Ms. Evans and don't let this unfortunate occurrence break your spirit, Your day will come!

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it seems like this is happening more and more often.....

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In a word: greed.

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I wonder if lawyer fee is tax deductable against the winning in this matter.

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In KS, as far as Clerks and Stores are concerned, you can use a debt or a credit card.  Some stores have told me it's illegal to do it with a CC some just ask "Debt or Credit"  I normally just use my debt card (has a visa logo).

 As for this story, she had no problem sharing a few dollars here and there, but GOD FORBID she wims big and has to share.

Karma!  Look what happened to whasshisface!!!  He throws away a jackpot, a dumpster diver finds it, dumb@ss sues.....AND DIES!  (whatever happened to that story?)  The man was already weathy!!!!

Karma!  It does come back on you!

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Another lesson of life:

 

 

BUY LOTTERY TICKETS ALONE !!!

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" I heartedly appreciate and respect your past situation, and in a mnner of speaking, if I may say so that young man was a deadbeat. He used you to make his life better. And, didn't actually deserve anything from the divorce, outside of 'his copies of the divorce papers. "

 

Hi, Libra!  I probably shouldn't have posted that personal story, because there's a lot more to it, which is what I was trying to say about the article. We were both young and foolish, although I was much more responsible with money. (most people were) He did work, but we spent a lot on partying and travel. Actually this "deadbeat" became a very successful businessman after we broke up. (go figure!) I didn't even know what happened to him until I read some articles online 20 years later. (so don't ever play around with names on Google..ya never know what you'll find!)  A couple of years ago I worked for a company that processed car loans. There weren't enough hours in the day to call the thousands of people who applied online, and most of them had horrible credit and were happy to get 24% interest. I understand what it's like to get into a rut (I'm in one now!) but some of these people had high incomes (some were 6 figures) yet they had $50,000 in credit card debt and wanted to finance a BMW.  That's when I really learned that being irresponsible with finances is very common in this society.  Some people have no choice and just run into some bad luck, a layoff or illness, but others just "live for today" and don't do the math. Anyway, if what we are reading about this situation is true, then I agree the roommate deserves half, especially since I would have been in her predicament!! LOL

Happy Sunday afternoon Libra and JXP, two of my favorite people as well.....How's things ??

The roomates should split the money and then " break up " if that's what it takes.    Move on....Life is way too short.

The poster that said that he would not give a penny to hisor her  family- to each his own, but I assure you if/when I get a windfall, I personally cannot wait to see the looks on my kids and both sets of my parents faces !

Priceless. At least I want it to be...

DD 

 

justxploring's avatar - villiarna

"As it was "debited money" her roomate would have never known."

 

Any transaction can be traced, whether debit or credit. The card is swiped through the machine and when the transactions are batched at the end of the day, a report lists the card number, the amount and the date/time of the transaction. The statement doesn't say what the purchase is for, just like when you get a credit card statement, but I use my debit card all the time at the supermarket and Walgreen's and it appears on my bank statement. It would be hard to prove what the purchase was if that's what you're saying, but I think the roommate would still have a good case showing that a purchase was made at that location/time with her card. If she really wanted to be sneaky, she should have used an ATM and withdrawn cash and then made the ticket purchase. But of course she didn't know she was going to win!!

The roomates should split the money and then " break up " if that's what it takes.    Move on....Life is way too short.

Agree.  People never understood why I packed up and moved away, but you just put it into a few words.

"The poster that said that he would not give a penny to hisor her  family- to each his own, but I assure you if/when I get a windfall, I personally cannot wait to see the looks on my kids and both sets of my parents faces !"

Want to adopt a 55 year old woman DD?  I'm available if you need a sister.

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" I heartedly appreciate and respect your past situation, and in a mnner of speaking, if I may say so that young man was a deadbeat. He used you to make his life better. And, didn't actually deserve anything from the divorce, outside of 'his copies of the divorce papers. "

 

Hi, Libra!  I probably shouldn't have posted that personal story, because there's a lot more to it, which is what I was trying to say about the article. We were both young and foolish, although I was much more responsible with money. (most people were) He did work, but we spent a lot on partying and travel. Actually this "deadbeat" became a very successful businessman after we broke up. (go figure!) I didn't even know what happened to him until I read some articles online 20 years later. (so don't ever play around with names on Google..ya never know what you'll find!)  A couple of years ago I worked for a company that processed car loans. There weren't enough hours in the day to call the thousands of people who applied online, and most of them had horrible credit and were happy to get 24% interest. I understand what it's like to get into a rut (I'm in one now!) but some of these people had high incomes (some were 6 figures) yet they had $50,000 in credit card debt and wanted to finance a BMW.  That's when I really learned that being irresponsible with finances is very common in this society.  Some people have no choice and just run into some bad luck, a layoff or illness, but others just "live for today" and don't do the math. Anyway, if what we are reading about this situation is true, then I agree the roommate deserves half, especially since I would have been in her predicament!! LOL

HAPPY SUNDAY...."JUST"....4/2/2006

I am currently working on my finances, holding them much closer than I did a few years ago. Learning to make my own 'safety net'.....stronger than it is.

As for this story, you know it's strikes me how vulnerable we all are, when we give our trust, loyalty and even love to another human being.  When we are so happy w/that other person that we try to make life as comfy as possible, even financially. I empathize w/the owner of that 'debit card'...I really do. It's probably better that they broke apart at this juncture, because one never knows what might happen later(financially) if this episode hadn't shown her true colors. Imagaine, a scenario, your 'debit card' being used to purchase very expensive items, and the person doing this doesn't tell you about it, and you are somehwere else, also trying to make purchases, at the same time.  But, your itmes are denied..........something to think about......

Thinking of...

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"As it was "debited money" her roomate would have never known."

 

Any transaction can be traced, whether debit or credit. The card is swiped through the machine and when the transactions are batched at the end of the day, a report lists the card number, the amount and the date/time of the transaction. The statement doesn't say what the purchase is for, just like when you get a credit card statement, but I use my debit card all the time at the supermarket and Walgreen's and it appears on my bank statement. It would be hard to prove what the purchase was if that's what you're saying, but I think the roommate would still have a good case showing that a purchase was made at that location/time with her card. If she really wanted to be sneaky, she should have used an ATM and withdrawn cash and then made the ticket purchase. But of course she didn't know she was going to win!!

The roomates should split the money and then " break up " if that's what it takes.    Move on....Life is way too short.

Agree.  People never understood why I packed up and moved away, but you just put it into a few words.

"The poster that said that he would not give a penny to hisor her  family- to each his own, but I assure you if/when I get a windfall, I personally cannot wait to see the looks on my kids and both sets of my parents faces !"

Want to adopt a 55 year old woman DD?  I'm available if you need a sister.

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Sure JXP, since I don't already have a sister. I'm the oldest of 4 males in my family and always wondered how things would have turned out if I had a sis.....

 

 

 

 

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"now, ACRO....isn't  that some what antagonistic and selfish?...Don't you have a loving relationship w/anyone in your family.....maybe your Brother or sister, or a Cousin?? anyone??"

 

It's not selfish to say anything, it's what you do that matters. If I tell everyone I'm giving them nothing, then if I give them all 1 million, where is my error? It's after the fact they cannot sue you and use your words against you? Ahhh, see, but I can still give it. There is nothing selfish about loving people and wanting the best for them without throwing money at them.  Do you think Jack Whittacker(sp) loved his granddaughter more than I love my family just becasue he gave her money. Isn't it the money that killed her? The money she used to buy drugs she NEVER would of had if Jack didn't just throw money at his family. How about if he spent time with her versus the time he wasted at the strip clubs? Ahhh, maybe his love and time would have helped his granddaughter but his money NEVER would of. The biggest mistake anyone of us in here could make is throwing money at our family. They don't need our money, they need our love and attention and many other things but they can survive without our money. Plenty of people in this world live with very little money. I feel it would be selfish to throw money on a problem because you might just create more problems. I feel the selfish person is the one who uses money to solve problems, the person the defines love with money, they two terms to not blend. So, just so you know and the rest of the world knows it I stand behind my first comment 100%. I love my family too much to throw money at them, they get no free money from me but with that kind of money I can create many opportunities for them to earn money that they would have never had before the winning. That's the only thing I want also if one of my family wins, I just would ask them to help me improve some things in life while working at it, not for free. Cheers,

 

Acro

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"As it was "debited money" her roomate would have never known."

 

Any transaction can be traced, whether debit or credit. The card is swiped through the machine and when the transactions are batched at the end of the day, a report lists the card number, the amount and the date/time of the transaction. The statement doesn't say what the purchase is for, just like when you get a credit card statement, but I use my debit card all the time at the supermarket and Walgreen's and it appears on my bank statement. It would be hard to prove what the purchase was if that's what you're saying, but I think the roommate would still have a good case showing that a purchase was made at that location/time with her card. If she really wanted to be sneaky, she should have used an ATM and withdrawn cash and then made the ticket purchase. But of course she didn't know she was going to win!!

The roomates should split the money and then " break up " if that's what it takes.    Move on....Life is way too short.

Agree.  People never understood why I packed up and moved away, but you just put it into a few words.

"The poster that said that he would not give a penny to hisor her  family- to each his own, but I assure you if/when I get a windfall, I personally cannot wait to see the looks on my kids and both sets of my parents faces !"

Want to adopt a 55 year old woman DD?  I'm available if you need a sister.

Smile

 

4/7/2006

HI "Just"....Wink

the point I was making is that, as it's actually money being deducted directly from your checking account, it would most likely be overlooked, especially because she can't use a bank check to pay for the tickets. Most people using debit cards to make purchases on small items don't hold onto receipts from the clerk, and her room mate wouldn't be prompted to contact her bank about it, because even when the Detailed bank statement comes in the mail, as the purchase is small, it's primarily overlooked. All it says on the statement is 'debit'. I maintain, that if you don't want someone to know how you spent the money, don't annouce it, especially for lottery tickets. You can ususally get away w/small items, costing under $30.00.

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If plaintiff can establish: joint venture, joint undertaking, joint enterprise, or joint adventure; and the proceeds or winnings from the lotto ticket were the results or profits from that joint undertaking, than plaintiff shares the winnings.

Additionally, if I were plaintiff, and if I can establish that,

- respondent absconded with the winnings (which were actually proceeds from the joint undertaking);

- with the intention of not sharing the proceeds with me (which tantamounts to fraud);

then, I would ask the court that 100% of the proceeds and all accrued interests thereon, be awarded to me, and nothing to respondent.

That would teach respondent and her ilk not to be greedy.

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Hi Libra,

Ha, ha, ha, "Bloodsucking leeches". That put a smile on my face. Hope you're having a nice day.

csfb

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Hi Libra,

Ha, ha, ha, "Bloodsucking leeches". That put a smile on my face. Hope you're having a nice day.

csfb

4/4/2006

and thanks for saying so my friend.........yes, as I actually like my work, to varying degrees, I did have a very productive day and the Sunshine certainly helped....

Razz

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