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Mississippi men tried cashing in lottery ticket after gluing on the winning numbers, officials say

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Green laugh

Not bad Mississippi, had the lottery for 6 weeks and now have your first 2 contestants for the idiot-criminal award.

Good for you

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Here's your sign !! Agree with stupid

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People are desperate and will try anything.   Sad really is.

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In response to CDanaT

I Agree! CDanaT.  These two players will be the first to be punished since MS Lottery began. They will be made examples of what not to do. 

  Here in California we have SLED. Security and Law Enforcement Division.

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Only in America..

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How much of a backwoods rube do you have to be to not know the barcode is everything? I'm glad some of the lottery profits go to edukashun.

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the suspects presented a $100,000 ticket that had been altered by gluing the winning numbers on the ticket that matched the prize. 

Probably get by trying to cash a $25 or less value ticket and maybe $100, but $100,000; what were these fools thinking? Even if they don't go to prison this time, they eventually will commit another brainless crime. It's inevitable.

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In response to noise-gate

Sounds like something you would do.

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In response to noise-gate

I couldn't have said it any better myself.

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In response to Raven62

Something l would do?

Were we in kindergarten together, did l steal your lunch? Did l end up taking your prom date home?What is wrong with you Raven?

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SillyROFL

cottoneyedjoe's avatar - cuonvFT

It's early, but this might end up being the funniest lottery news of 2020. I wonder how many times this happens all over the country and lottery officials don't bother calling the police because it's just so pathetic it's funny.

I'd wager these two were being belligerent about it, and that pissed off the official enough that he/she called the cops. But what if they had laughed it off when they got caught and pretended like it was a joke? There's a chance the official would only told them to beat it but not have called the cops.

sully16's avatar - sharan
In response to CDanaT

hehehehehe, hilarious. 

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In response to noise-gate

Confused

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In response to wander73

They were charged with conspiracy to commit a felony and uttering a counterfeit instrument over $1,000.

There is a fine line proving a conspiracy to do anything making it very interesting to see how this one turns out. Clerks and store owners were banned from selling tickets for various reasons but stopping someone over the legal age from buying tickets would be next to impossible. 

Have no idea how the "gambling hot line" works, but you can't just call and force them to add a name to a list with zero proof. And while it's very obvious these two tried to cash a counterfeit ticket, they will still get their day in court and are innocent until found guilty.

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"How much of a backwoods rube do you have to be to not know the barcode is everything?

I'm pretty sure that understanding how lottery tickets work is something you have to learn rather than an instinct we're born with, so there's no reason the general public shouldn't think that having the right numbers is enough.

What does take an impressive degree of stupidity is gluing numbers on a losing ticket and thinking that's going to work. I haven't seen a picture of the ticket, but I'm guessing that trying to cash it is a bit like entering a photography contest with this:

db101's avatar - RB55Ms1
In response to KY Floyd

Yeah, funny. But these fine gentlemen are in their 30s so I stand by the backwoods rube comment. If you've been out in the world that long you should know. It reminds me of when I worked at a store with prices stored in the barcode system AND stuck on every item. Teenagers would swap a cheap price sticker with an expensive one and try to fool us at the register. They didn't remember we always scanned the barcodes and their little scams got busted.

cottoneyedjoe's avatar - cuonvFT
In response to db101

The article says they're 47 and 48 years old, that's even worse, LOL.

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In response to Raven62

Banana

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Hit With Stick Mississi--iStop

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In response to Stack47

You are correct, they are innocent until proven guilty. Recall that Tipton was denying profusely that he masterminded the trickery, even going so far as say " he would be a genius "'to pull it off. He eventually folded & the rest is history. These guys could say that they " found this ticket on the ground" & considered it legit. They might just pull it off,  l mean if the leader of the free world can talk about Windmills & tell Americans they flushing their toilets too many times, anything is possible.

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In response to noise-gate

I was thinking because the lottery is new, it's not a bad idea to discourage any wanna-be scam artists by loading up on the charges. Should know this outcome in a month or two.

Probably have to wait 11 months to know the other outcome. LOL

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In response to Stack47

That was just the beginning. Wait til someone steals rolls of scratchers, performing cartwheels over their " windfall" until..

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They had to sniff some before deciding to use it for their "Ingenious" scam.

Image result for sniffing glue meme

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Let them steal a roll of scratchers that haven't been activated!

In a few weeks Powerball and Mega Millions go on sale there...does anyone else think like me and that it won't significantly, if @ all, rollovers??

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Adding Mississippi will increase the number of possible players by less than 1%. Even if they buy tickets at two or three times the average rate that will increase sales by less than 2 or 3%.  If we call it an even 3% the current PB cash jackpot would be about $6 million higher, which is a nice chunk of change, but more likely we'd be looking at an extra $2 million after 10 weeks of rollovers.

Based on the current sales estimates a 3% increase in sales would reduce the chances of a rollover from 92.85% to 92.65% for Wednesday's drawing. Statistically that's a meaningful difference, but it doesn't mean much in the real world. Based on the 15 PB jackpots that have been won in the last 2 years a 3% increase in sales would mean one extra win about every 4.4 years. At 1% we could expect an extra winner about every 13 years.

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A business owner of a Store that sold Lottery tickets said that a few of his Employees stole scratch off Lottery tickets from his store and "Activated," them without ever paying for them or something like that. He said the Thieving Employees said they planned to pay him back with the winnings from the stolen Lottery Tickets. Like WTF? He had an ingenious idea. He pretended to forgive them if they would sign a paper promising to pay him back what they stole. Like idiots, they signed the Paper and he turned in the signed paper to the Court and got them prosecuted for Theft. The paper was surprise, surprise them confessing they stole from him. They were idiots to sign a paper and not see how the boss was tricking them into a signed confession. They might have not been prosecuted had they refused to sign a paper.

Greenfox's avatar - 6QC8Gnt
In response to Karen Nathan

Had similar happen years ago at a store where I worked. They got I don't know how many books of the first $20 scratchers, activated them and went store hopping in neighboring counties to cash them in. They didn't have to sign anything though. The security cameras I set up for owners was enough. Too many people will work harder at not working than they would at actually working. Even one is too many as far as I'm concerned. Had banned substances not been involved, it probably wouldn't have happened. The girl wasn't a bad person, just had a boyfriend that was too much of a boy and not much of a friend. It was his idea, but she didn't have to go along with it. Not thinking clearly rarely pays off I reckon. Went to court, but don't really know what happened afterward. Other than there was a conviction.

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