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Suit over winning lottery ticket set for trial

By The Associated Press

This article was published November 28, 2012 at 7:37 a.m.

— The case over who owns a winning $1 million Arkansas lottery ticket is set to go to trial next week.

A judge heard pretrial motions Tuesday in the lawsuit filed by Sharon Duncan, who said she bought the lottery ticket but threw it away after a scanner said it wasn’t a winner.

Sharon Jones plucked the ticket from a convenience store trash can and claimed the jackpot. Earlier this year, a judge ruled that Duncan is entitled to the jackpot, but he later ordered a new trial. Store manager Lisa Petriches is also a plaintiff in the suit.

Trial is set to begin Dec. 6. The Daily Citizen reported that defense attorneys won’t be able to present some information to the jury that was heard in the first trial.

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RBBrittain says... November 28, 2012 at 11:53 a.m.

Why does this even NEED a trial, except the first judge completely blew the law? What part of "bearer instrument" does the White County Circuit Court NOT understand? NO signature on the ticket = "finders keepers" = Sharon Jones wins. Plain and simple.

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WowReally says... November 28, 2012 at 12:50 p.m.

The only problem with that theory is that the original owner only tossed it because the machine falsely said it was not a winner. If that had been accurate at the time, she would have claimed the jackpot and this would not be an issue at all. I can still understand the arguement that the person who found it should get it, but should we just ignore the inaccurate scanner issue?

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TheBatt says... November 28, 2012 at 2:23 p.m.

Thank you, @RBBritain! Lottery tickets are bearer documents. Kind of like a signed blank check. The original purchaser chose to throw it away. A judge made a terrible (and wrong) decision. Now more congestion in the courts over something that IS so very simple.

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RBBryant says... November 28, 2012 at 4:18 p.m.

Greed is why the plaintiffs think a trial is necessary but, I agree, no trial is needed!

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Whippersnapper says... November 28, 2012 at 10:12 p.m.

The lottery law also states that the lottery commission is responsible for determining the winners, and they declared it to be the holder, not the alleged buyer (and paid the winnings to her).

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