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Posted: 8/3/2009 10:05:22 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/3/2009 10:07:52 AM EST by AssaultRifler]

Man Says He Lost $500,000 Winning Lottery Ticket

http://www.newsnet5.com/news/20265308/detail.html

POSTED: 1:13 pm EDT August 3, 2009
UPDATED: 1:40 pm EDT August 3, 2009
LAKE WORTH, Fla. –– A Florida man said he lost a winning lottery ticket worth $500,000.

On Wednesday, 70-year-old Louis Tolentino pulled over at Gold Coast Liquors in Lake Worth, Fla., and bought a Gold Rush scratch off game ticket.

A few swipes with a coin and suddenly he had a big reason to smile, NewsChannel5 sister station WPTV reported. "I could have paid a lot of bills. A lot of bills," said Tolentino.

The owner of the liquor store, Uday Waghary, said he ran the ticket through and it was indeed a winner. "You saw the ticket?" he was asked. "Yes. It said 500,000, five, zero, zero, zero, zero, zero, zero," said Waghary.

Tolentino then raced off, bound for the lottery office to cash his ticket. He got lost on the way, however, and stopped and asked for directions at a gas station. Tolentino said he put the ticket in his back pocket and that's the last time he saw it.

"He feels this man, standing behind him, went in and it was a pickpocket," said Sandra Tolentino. There's nothing anyone can do about it. Tolentino ran off in such a hurry, he didn't sign the back of the ticket.

Tallahassee's policy is to pay out whomever holds the winning card. So unless a Good Samaritan steps forward, gone are those very brief dreams of paying the bills and living the high life.

"Three weeks from now you look back on this, what are you going to say?" he's asked. "I'm going to curse. I'm going to curse," he said.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 10:06:18 AM EST
Oh, I would do more than curse. I would probably throw things as well.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 10:07:26 AM EST
When compiling a list of places to transport a small item worth half a million "my back pocket" is not listed.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 10:07:37 AM EST
Hey I just lost a winning $500k ticket last week too! Let me know if any of you see it laying around.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 10:08:30 AM EST
Stupid hurts. And apparently expensive as well.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 10:09:03 AM EST
In most states there's a spot to sign the ticket just in case you lose it. That way no one else can claim it...

Otherwise, how do I know that he and the clerk aren't scheming?
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 10:10:31 AM EST
If I ever won one of the powerball type lotteries, I would be so paranoid about the ticket getting lost or stolen, I would probably hire an armored car to transport it to the lottery office to cash it in.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 10:10:51 AM EST
How could you let that happen? Jesus christ. I think I would call for a police escort to wherever the fuck i had to take it. i would buy the cop a new gun or something. Or a shiny new pair of jack boots.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 10:11:03 AM EST
Originally Posted By AssaultRifler:

Man Says He Lost $500,000 Winning Lottery Ticket

http://www.newsnet5.com/news/20265308/detail.html

POSTED: 1:13 pm EDT August 3,2009
UPDATED: 1:40 pm EDT August 3,2009
LAKE WORTH, Fla. –– A Florida man said he lost a winning lottery ticket worth $500,000.

On Wednesday, 70-year-old Louis Tolentino pulled over at Gold CoastLiquors in Lake Worth, Fla., and bought a Gold Rush scratch off gameticket.

A few swipes with a coin and suddenly he had a big reason to smile, NewsChannel5 sister station WPTV reported. "I could have paid a lot of bills. A lot of bills," said Tolentino.

The owner of the liquor store, Uday Waghary, said he ran the ticket through and it was indeed a winner. "You saw the ticket?" he was asked. "Yes. It said 500,000, five, zero, zero, zero, zero, zero, zero," said Waghary.

Tolentino then raced off, bound for the lottery office to cash his ticket. He got lost on the way, however, and stopped and asked for directions at a gas station. Tolentino said he put the ticket in his back pocket and that's the last time he saw it.

"He feels this man, standing behind him, went in and it was a pickpocket," said Sandra Tolentino. There's nothing anyone can do about it. Tolentino ran off in such a hurry, he didn't sign the back of the ticket.

Tallahassee's policy is to pay out whomever holds the winning card. So unless a Good Samaritan steps forward, gone are those very brief dreams of paying the bills and living the high life.

"Three weeks from now you look back on this, what are you going to say?" he's asked. "I'm going to curse. I'm going to curse," he said.


Weird. Sounds like he saw a $5 million dollar ticket....
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 10:11:14 AM EST
70-year-old Louis Tolentino
Tolentino then raced off, bound for the lottery office to cash his ticket. He got lost on the way, however, and stopped and asked for directions at a gas station. Tolentino said he put the ticket in his back pocket and that's the last time he saw it.

Is the address printed on the back of the ticket? I bet he pulled it out, "Hey, I'm looking for the lottery office, here's the address, so I can cash this $500k winner, anyone know where it is?" and thats all she wrote.

Kharn
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 10:14:26 AM EST
I bet Uday Waghary is at an undisclosed location soon.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 10:14:46 AM EST
Originally Posted By SmilingBandit:
When compiling a list of places to transport a small item worth half a million "my back pocket" is not listed.

hahaha
very well said
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 10:20:35 AM EST
Originally Posted By SIPCAT-C:
Originally Posted By SmilingBandit:
When compiling a list of places to transport a small item worth half a million "my back pocket" is not listed.

hahaha
very well said


Yep.

Saw this old geezer on the news this morning. Heard the story, turned to my wife and said "what a dumbass".


Hell, I'd probably have to call someone to drive me if I'd have won.

Link Posted: 8/3/2009 10:47:25 AM EST
If the clerk ran it through, then its been validated. I wonder who will show up with it? There was a case way back when lottery first started in Fl where a man found a winning $1000,000 ticket in a parking lot. It DOES happen!
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 10:52:05 AM EST
Originally Posted By SmilingBandit:
When compiling a list of places to transport a small item worth half a million "my back pocket" is not listed.


I'm usually a fucking idiot, always trying to figure out where the hell I left that piece of paper with the number, or my keys, etc. and I have to agree with you.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 10:59:19 AM EST

Originally Posted By SmilingBandit:
When compiling a list of places to transport a small item worth half a million "my back pocket" is not listed.

At the least it should include "my wallet in..."
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 11:01:30 AM EST
That ticket never leaves my clinched fist until I turn it over to the lottery administration.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 11:03:16 AM EST
Meh, just claim it as a loss on this year's income taxes.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 11:06:53 AM EST
Originally Posted By MustardTiger:
Originally Posted By AssaultRifler:

Man Says He Lost $500,000 Winning Lottery Ticket

http://www.newsnet5.com/news/20265308/detail.html

POSTED: 1:13 pm EDT August 3,2009
UPDATED: 1:40 pm EDT August 3,2009
LAKE WORTH, Fla. –– A Florida man said he lost a winning lottery ticket worth $500,000.

On Wednesday, 70-year-old Louis Tolentino pulled over at Gold CoastLiquors in Lake Worth, Fla., and bought a Gold Rush scratch off gameticket.

A few swipes with a coin and suddenly he had a big reason to smile, NewsChannel5 sister station WPTV reported. "I could have paid a lot of bills. A lot of bills," said Tolentino.

The owner of the liquor store, Uday Waghary, said he ran the ticket through and it was indeed a winner. "You saw the ticket?" he was asked. "Yes. It said 500,000, five, zero, zero, zero, zero, zero, zero," said Waghary.

Tolentino then raced off, bound for the lottery office to cash his ticket. He got lost on the way, however, and stopped and asked for directions at a gas station. Tolentino said he put the ticket in his back pocket and that's the last time he saw it.

"He feels this man, standing behind him, went in and it was a pickpocket," said Sandra Tolentino. There's nothing anyone can do about it. Tolentino ran off in such a hurry, he didn't sign the back of the ticket.

Tallahassee's policy is to pay out whomever holds the winning card. So unless a Good Samaritan steps forward, gone are those very brief dreams of paying the bills and living the high life.

"Three weeks from now you look back on this, what are you going to say?" he's asked. "I'm going to curse. I'm going to curse," he said.


Weird. Sounds like he saw a $5 million dollar ticket....


Actually, he's forgetting to count the decimal - it was only $50,000.00 ( $5,000.00 if there was only 5 zeros)
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 11:11:56 AM EST
Originally Posted By -RTC-:
If the clerk ran it through, then its been validated. I wonder who will show up with it? There was a case way back when lottery first started in Fl where a man found a winning $1000,000 ticket in a parking lot. It DOES happen!


Yup.

If the clerk scanned it, the lottery office already knew someone had won. The story could easily be verified.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 11:24:32 AM EST

Originally Posted By MustardTiger:

Weird. Sounds like he saw a $5 million dollar ticket....

I counted it three times, haha.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 11:27:55 AM EST
I wouldn't have told that.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 11:33:01 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/3/2009 11:34:11 AM EST by Aimless]
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 11:34:35 AM EST
HA HA!

Link Posted: 8/3/2009 11:37:14 AM EST
should have stapled it to his chest
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 12:37:01 PM EST
Saw him on CNN. What a dumbass. How in the hell the "greatest generation" beat the germans, italians and japanese but still cant figure out how NOT to give out their social security numbers or bank account number out over the phone to every scammer is beyond me.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 12:38:57 PM EST
A fool and his money...
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 4:45:19 PM EST
California actually verified a similar story by looking at the store video at the time the ticket was validated. The guy making the claim actually was there at the counter. It took time, but he got paid.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 7:36:24 PM EST
Originally Posted By WindKnot:
California actually verified a similar story by looking at the store video at the time the ticket was validated. The guy making the claim actually was there at the counter. It took time, but he got paid.


Wasnt that the one where the 2 ladies working there swapped tickets on him?
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 7:40:36 PM EST
Frankly I don't believe it. If I had a half million dollar lottery ticket I'd have an armed escort, a close family member, with me, nobody would say one damned word about it, not even me, other than to my escort, and the ticket would be in a locked glovebox and the vehicle would not spend a single moment unattended until the ticket was delivered and the money transferred to my account.


If I did lose it I'd never admit to it. It'd just make me look like a retard to admit to that.


No, I don't believe it.


CJ
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