'Zero' chance lottery tickets

@ersmommy1 (12600)
United States
July 8, 2008 9:45am CST
Scott Hoover learned top prize was awarded before he bought a scratch off ticket Feeling duped, Hoover has sued the state of Virginia for breach of contract Half of the 42 states with lotteries sold tickets after top prizes were claimed Virginia State Lottery: It's no longer possible to buy tickets with no top prizes available Would you have sued too? http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/07/07/lottery.tickets/index.html?iref=mpstoryview
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6 responses
• United States
8 Jul 08
Scott Hoover was duped. Obviously, the ticket was worth less because the top prizes were already claimed. Of course, there is a question of duped vs. foolish. I do not think the State made any effort to conceal the fact that the top prizes were already won and, apparently, Scott didn't think to check. Hard to say, really, but I tend to agree that the State should make sure people know that the top prizes are won. However, on the contrary, that would mean that McDonalds has to immediately inform people when the top prizes are won, too. Do they immediately have to stop selling Monopoly tabs when the top prize is claimed? I'm not entirely sure. I guess that someone should try to take reasonable steps to let people know if top prizes have been already claimed, but that would also leave a lot of tickets unsold which seems a waste, too.
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@Bethany1202 (3432)
• United States
8 Jul 08
Sorry but I think this is ridiculous. Sure, there are top prizes and maybe you are interested in winning them. Who WOULDN'T want to win more money? However, there are still smaller prizes remaining. State lottery is a form of gambling. I wouldn't sue because I think that's absolutely ridiculous! People will sue for the stupidest reasons now-a-days! I would suggest before buying a scrath-off you call the state lottery agency or visit the website to somehow find out PRIOR to buying that ticket whether or not the top prize is still available.
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@NettyB (336)
• United States
10 Jul 08
They should at least post something about what prizes are still available. What is with all of the "suing people" in this country?? That seems to happen at the drop of a hat...
@DonnaLawson (4032)
• United States
9 Jul 08
I would have sued and I hope he wins and wins big time.. This is another scam that we have to endure, because of the greed of anyone with an agenda that can get their hands in your pockets.. Yep, just reach in there and get a five, sure we trust anyone wanting our money.. Hope he gets them big time..
@mscott (1924)
• United States
8 Jul 08
It seems like an extreme waste to sue. It is gambling and by nature you are taking a chance with no promise to get anything. Now if you were going to buy a lottery ticket under this new system why would you buy one that just came out? Now if they print 1 million tickets no one is going to win in the first 500,000 because then they would just half to destroy all th rest of the tickets. That is a huge waste. They will also now have to keep very detailed track of where the winning tickets are sent and when, that really seems to be taking the random chance out of it. This money generally goes to fund state projects and homeowners often get a lottery credit on their taxes, with less being sold more people will lose out. This guy seems to have screwed everyone.
@trickiwoo (2702)
• United States
8 Jul 08
Wow! I don't think I personally would have sued, but I'm glad that someone did! That's great that they can't sell tickets like that anymore!