Judge rules woman that trashed $1m ticket entitled to money even after someone else claimed it

Judge rules woman that trashed $1m ticket entitled to money even after someone else claimed itJudge rules woman that trashed $1m ticket entitled to money even after someone else claimed it

LITTLE ROCK, ARK – An Arkansas woman who cashed a lottery ticket worth $1 million after it was discarded may have to give up the winnings to the person who bought it a judge ruled on Tuesday May 1st.

Sharon Duncan, who bought the ticket but threw it away after the ticket scanner told her it wasn’t a winner was told she was entitled to the money. The person who claimed the winnings, Sharon Jones, after she found it in a bin of discarded lottery tickets was not entitled to keep the cash, the judge decided.

James Simpson, the lawyer of Ms. Jones said he plans to appeal the judges decision. He noted that Duncan testified she threw away the ticket after the read-out on a ticket scanner said, “Sorry. Not a winner.” The attorney argued that people shouldn’t be allowed to throw items away and then say, “`ooh, I want to un-abandon it.'”

White County judge Thomas Hughes, however, said Jones never met the burden of proof that Duncan abandoned her right to claim $1 million. “The $1 million was never found money,” he said.

Judge Hughes found that the evidence weighed in Duncan’s favor that she bought the winning ticket, even though lottery records and store security video didn’t synch up to the precise timing of the purchase.

Lance Huey, Security Chief of the Arkansas Lottery earlier testified that he investigated the circumstances of the ticket falling into Ms. Jones’ hands. He said the lottery was satisfied with the investigation that nothing untoward had occurred and awarded the prize in full.

 

source: Boston.com



Published: May 2, 2012

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