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Why couldn't he have bought it earlier?
I expect, given the amount of money involved, some solicitor may take the case based on a no win no fee basis as long as he thinks he can win.
His (alleged) winning ticket was clearly marked for the following weeks game. This fellow needs to take his lesson learned (expensive though it may be) and move on. I hope I don't get stuck behind him at the Pearly Gates, waiting to be let in while this joker is arguing for just a little more time.
If the second ticket had the winning draw date, but was 7 seconds to late coming out of the machine, he would win hands down in court, as it would have been a printing or queue delay.
if he had lost, would they have refunded the money?
Um, what? He'll be playing his "winning" numbers the next week. He didn't win any money because the ticket is for next week. There are no loop holes in this, he waited till the last second and got a ticket for next week.
He never got any money because he didn't win any money.
If he was late his number shouldn't ve been included in the Pool, and if it was included then he should be rewarded the prize, unless there is some technical thing int it that i don't know of ?
I seldom buy lotto tickets, so no personal interest. Occasionally a lotto649 for 2$ (Ontario) when the prize is in the tens of millions. The odds are fourteen million to one against, eh? It's all pretty pointless.
See if that ticket wasen't quailified to enter this time's draw then why did the system even include it in the pool to select winner from ? how on earth it could win if it was not eligible to win ?
The way it works in Quebec is that you pick your numbers, listen on radio/tv for the draws and then if you win, it is the ticket holders job to claim it in. They don't draw your ticket out of a pool.
[edited by: jeyKay at 4:40 pm (utc) on Oct. 17, 2008]
The fact is that those machines refuse to sell tickets past the cutoff. They took his money and issued the ticket.
The lotto should have to explain how the machine allowed someone to pay for an entry into the lotto that was not qualifying.
If they are going to issue tickets but not honor them based on time of purchase then sounds like they have a lot of refunding to do, there is no way they are allowed to accept money from someone if that money doesn't buy them an entry into the lotto.
Sounds like a completed transaction to me.
[edited by: Demaestro at 6:27 pm (utc) on Oct. 17, 2008]