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If the holder of a winning lottery ticket mistakenly throws it away and someone else discovers it, who is the owner of the ticket?

Response Percent Votes
The one who found the discarded ticket
84% 692
The one who threw the ticket away
8% 71
Not sure
7% 59
Total 822


Pywacket 5 years, 1 month ago

Don't know what the law says, but it SHOULD be the person who finds it.

I'm paranoid of that happening, so on the rare occasions when I buy one, I double check it then shred it. It would be too much to have to live with yourself if someone else cashed in your multi-million winner because you were careless and tossed it.

pace 5 years, 1 month ago

I almost dated a person that destroyed anything they threw a way, they never wanted to donate anything either. Worried that something of their stuff might profit or help someone else. I could live with myself if I threw something away and someone found it. If I was the one that found it , I would split it with the person.

The person, never had a chance to date me. I don't date people without character or generosity.

KS 5 years, 1 month ago

I think there is a strong burden of proof on the one that threw it away that they even purchased the ticket in the first place. I know the judge ruled differently in this case, but judges are not always right. Then comes the question of whether the trash had been set out at the curb (or appropiate spot - public property) for anyone (the lady who got the money) to sort through. If it was still in the store, I see an argument that it was still store property. Hummmm!

Terry Sexton 5 years, 1 month ago

Not sure about the ticket but I now have a new goal in life.

Randall Uhrich 5 years, 1 month ago

Historically, the courts have awarded ownership to the original purchaser, right or wrong.

JackMcKee 5 years, 1 month ago

Seriously? Is this a 1L property law exam? If it was "accidentally" throw away the rightful owner is still the original purchaser. Good luck provig it though.

JackMcKee 5 years, 1 month ago

please note, LJW, the technical term for "accidentally thrown away" is lost. Who works at this paper?

1southernjayhawk 5 years, 1 month ago

As if you are qualified to judge anyone or anything accurately.

JackMcKee 5 years, 1 month ago

As a Doctor of Laws I think I'm pretty well qualified.

Alexander Smith 5 years, 1 month ago

Well I think if the person could prove that he bought the ticket either by receipt, eye witness. OR just question the guy that had the ticket and aske him were he bought it. If he can't answer it then he has to give it back. I believe the tickets are tracked from were they are pruchased.

thebigspoon 5 years, 1 month ago

Finders keepers... Losers Weepers !!!!!

JM Andy 5 years, 1 month ago

A woman in my small home town in Kansas, threw away her winning ticket and sued the State of Kansas AND WON. I kid you not. This had been 10 years ago, at least, so I hope they've updated the law.

Maddy Griffin 5 years, 1 month ago

Found a winning $50 "scratcher" once.Played all weekend. Just kept redeeming the winners for more scratchers.

JackMcKee 5 years, 1 month ago

It's funny that some of you think think this is matter of opinion.

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