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    * $162 million Lotto ticket winner loses ticket

    SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio (AP) -- A Cleveland woman has told police she picked the winning numbers for the $162 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot but lost the ticket before the drawing, according to a police report.

    Elecia Battle told police she dropped her purse as she left the Quick Shop Food Mart last week after buying the ticket. She said she realized after the drawing last Tuesday that the ticket was missing.

    The Ohio Lottery said the winning ticket was sold at the store, about 15 miles east of Cleveland.

    After news of Battle's police report spread Monday night, several people wielding flashlights walked through snow and braved frigid temperatures to try to find the ticket in the store parking lot.

    "I decided to come back to see if I could find the winning ticket," said LaVerne Coleman, 57, who says she would keep the winnings if she found the ticket.

    Police say Battle was in tears when she came to the station Friday to file the report and did not hesitate when asked to write down the winning numbers.

    "We don't believe that she's fabricating it, but there's no real way of knowing other than going on her word," Lt. Kevin Nieter told Cleveland's WEWS-TV on Monday.

    Nieter said information Battle knew about when the ticket was bought and how the numbers were picked make her story credible. She told police that the numbers -- 12, 18, 21, 32 and 46 and Mega Ball 49 -- represented family birthdays and ages.

    The winning ticket was sold to someone who chose the numbers, not someone who let the machine pick.

    Messages left with the police department seeking comment were not immediately returned.

    Battle could not immediately be reached for comment. There was no telephone listing for her.

    Nieter said Battle may be out of luck if someone else picked up the lone winning ticket.

    "Whoever has the ticket has the right to stake the claim to the winning jackpot. You can file all the police reports you want but it's not going to help," he said.

    Ohio Lottery spokeswoman Mardele Cohen said that if someone else came in with the ticket, Battle could try to get a temporary restraining order in court to block the winnings from being paid.

    The winner has six months from the drawing to claim the largest jackpot in state history. If the money isn't claimed by June 27, it goes to Ohio and 10 other states that participate in the game.

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    Ouch - that's gotta suck

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    Sounds like fun... I'm there.

    Maybe they'll film it and turn it into a reality show.

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    What a loss.

    If I found the ticket I'd cut her in. it's 163 million dollars. It'd be greedy not to.

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    That definitely sucks.

    I got 2 numbers that day! WhoO!
    Common sense isn't so common.

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    ouch!

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    I feel bad for her......

    I hope she finds it!!

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    I hope she finds it as well...This has happened to me in the past but it was a $500 prize nevertheless

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    If I found it, I'd go claim the prize and then give her $100,000.01 for picking my winning numbers.

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    Whoa, sucks to be her.
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    One good reason I don't play the lottery.
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    woh, I feel sad for the lady.. and even more so for those who tried to find it in the snow..

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    I'd give her the ticket, but I would just want 63 million dollars to invest in Kerry's Datacenter Center
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    I think I'd just give it back to her and not ask for anything. If she decided to be generous, then I wouldn't argue the point, but she rightfully picked the numbers, and bought the ticket. Although, I suppose she also lost it too, lol. Oh well, I'm nowhere near Ohio, so it doesn't matter.

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    God sometimes play awful pranks on people.
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    "I decided to come back to see if I could find the winning ticket," said LaVerne Coleman, 57, who says she would keep the winnings if she found the ticket.
    God, people are just greedy, can't even spend a dollar and want much more in return for a few minutes in the snow.

    (I advise no one to do this) Maybe you should call up this lady and tell her how stingy she is?
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    Well it would be easy to tell if she actually bought the ticket or not. Most convience stores have surveillance cameras with time stamps on them. Simply match the time when the ticket was bought with the video footage. It couldn't be used to claim the prize(because you need to have the actual ticket) but could back up her story.

    Its cool she was able to pick the numbers, but she did loose the ticket. Heck if i picked the winning numbers i would spend day and night out in the snow looking for that ticket until i got frostbite or found the ticket.

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    I'm pretty sure the lottery rule is: No Ticket. Tough Luck.

    I wish lottery has a computer log and your lottery ticket is the receipt. Maybe a lottery card similar to credit card?
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    Originally posted by hycloud
    I'm pretty sure the lottery rule is: No Ticket. Tough Luck.

    I wish lottery has a computer log and your lottery ticket is the receipt. Maybe a lottery card similar to credit card?
    Hmm A lottery Card, You better patent that now, Think of all the waste that would prevent.. And mistakes like this one.

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    how many ways are there to say, "that blows"?

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    Jebus, I feel sorry for her! $162 million in her reach and yet she can't get it at all!

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    i'd be in massive depression for months if that happened to me.
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    Months? That's it? Heck...I'm not sure if I could cope with knowing that I had the winning ticket and I lost it...

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    Originally posted by Rman2003
    I think I'd just give it back to her and not ask for anything. If she decided to be generous, then I wouldn't argue the point, but she rightfully picked the numbers, and bought the ticket. Although, I suppose she also lost it too, lol. Oh well, I'm nowhere near Ohio, so it doesn't matter.
    you are the only one I know that has actually said that. What would happened if she is so cheap that she wouldn't give you 1 cent out of it? How would you feel?

    Reality bites, I'm not greedy, but can't give it all back, after all, it's my time to pick it up, and my luck to find it, and this luck is pretty much the same as her. Anyway, I'd give her half of it.

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    Finders keepers

    I would however offer her a stiff drink to help her get over it and if she wasn't very well off financially, I'd give her some of the money (and then write it off as a donation to charity on my taxes ). I'd also return the price of the ticket to her.

    There's so much good that can be done with $162 million. Why give it back to somebody who dropped the ticket? Doubt it will matter anyway. They said there was snow on the parking lot, probably lost of traffic and people walking around. The ticket has probably long been reduced to a little pile of soaking wet paper pulp. Guess it's 1 up for the state of Ohio.
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    Seeing that after a LUMP SUM the total will only come to 67.5 Million..

    I don't know if i would go halves with her, Maybe a 1/4.. If she's lucky or has a hot daughter
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    This really sucks for the lady. But she should have been more careful. If I were to find the ticket and she can prove that she was indeed the person that bought it, I would split it with her 50/50. That's fair. She lost it. I found it.

    She should just hope that someone finds the ticket. Most people would spare a few million for her.
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    If I found the ticket I'd cash in and probably buy her a diary, or a notebook or something, to get her ORGANISED!!
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    looks like someone found the ticket

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    I'd have turned it in. It's just the right thing to do.
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    Apparently the lady was just bull*hitting: another person is the winner:

    CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) -- A woman turned in the winning ticket for the $162 million Mega Millions multistate lottery jackpot, and it was not the one who claimed she lost it, lottery officials said Tuesday.

    Rebecca Jemison, a hospital worker from South Euclid, turned in the 11-state jackpot at Ohio Lottery headquarters in downtown Cleveland, officials said. The lottery validated the sole winning ticket Tuesday morning for the drawing a week ago.

    "I think I checked it about five or six times to make sure to see was it real," Jemison said at a news conference at lottery headquarters.

    She said she told her mother even before telling her husband. "Being a mama's girl I wanted to share the news with my mama first," she added. She also talked to an attorney and an accountant.

    "One thing I want to make clear: Luck had nothing to do with it. It was truly a blessing, truly a blessing," she said.

    Earlier, a Cleveland woman, Elecia Battle, 40, filed a police report saying she lost the ticket last week. Police said her story was credible, but the Ohio Lottery said whoever turned in a valid ticket was legally entitled to the winnings.

    About 30 people with flashlights searched for the ticket Monday night outside the suburban Cleveland store that sold the ticket after Battle's police report became public.

    Jemison said she was angry and pushed to turn in the ticket after Battle's story was on the news. Jemison said she played the winning numbers occasionally over the past several years.

    Battle's lawyer, Sheldon Starke, did not immediately return a call seeking comment on the lottery's announcement. He had said she intended to make a case that the winning ticket was lost property.

    "This is a question of lost property, not abandoned property," he said earlier Tuesday. "If there is one type of property that is not presumed to be abandoned, it's money ... Anyone who finds it is not the owner."

    Battle told police that the numbers -- 12, 18, 21, 32 and 46 and Mega Ball 49 -- represented family birthdays and ages.

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    What if they both had a winning ticket?

    If I were them, I would have shared with the other lady, but apparently, considering that she wanted to put a restraining order on her, doesn't seem like the nice thing to do anymore!

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    Originally posted by timechange.com
    Apparently the lady was just bull*hitting: another person is the winner:
    How would you know she's bu*lshitting? You believe everything the newspapaer says? It's just a newspaper. Think about it, how did she know the winner Rebecca Jemison live in the same state? (probably city) when Rebecca just announed after, not before the police claimed. Coincident? I think not. Unless I'm missing something here, and that is the loterry offical says the winning ticket is located at xx state but nobody claimed it, then that explained why the woman made up the story.

    If there are two winning tickets, the system would know it, apparentaly there was only one.

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    What if they both had a winning ticket?

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    You believe the stuff the first lady said about the numbers matching family birthdays etc?

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    Like i said in my POLL post,i would have given her 1/2 of it.....

    No one needs 162$ million dollars!!!!!! I fele bad for the lady who lost it,i mean YES,MOST STUPIDEST THING I HAVE EVER HEARD OF,but what happenedd to "Help others????"

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    Originally posted by DOBo
    How would you know she's bu*lshitting?
    Ohio Lottery Director Dennis Kennedy said officials were sure that Jemison is the rightful owner of the ticket, saying she provided a receipt from the convenience store marking the time the ticket was sold.
    http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/Midwest/0....ap/index.html

    Oh wait.... maybe the receipt flew out of her purse too. Well, if she's not indeed bullshitting, I hope she buys a better purse that zips closed.

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    She could have bought anothe ticket and made it lOOK like the 1st on (The receipt) For $#162 million,wouldnt you do anything to make it look like yers????

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    Ouch:

    South Euclid police Lt. Kevin Nietert said he had not been able to reach Battle and her attorney by phone.

    He said that if it was later determined there was a lack of truthfulness, police could consider criminal charges. The charge could be filing a false police report, a misdemeanor punishable by 30 days to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, he said.

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    Originally posted by The Dude
    She could have bought anothe ticket and made it lOOK like the 1st on (The receipt) For $#162 million,wouldnt you do anything to make it look like yers????

    The Dude
    Exactly, she could just show the receipt of any ticket she's bought that day, but again, the chance that both of them buy the ticket in the same store in the big city is kind of... rare.

    Well, police are unable to make contact with her and her attorney, so let's see how it turns out.

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