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— Jury selection is to get under way in a legal battle over a $1 million lottery ticket that one woman threw away and another plucked out of the trash.

Judge Craig Hannah scheduled jury selection for Friday ahead of a trial set for next Thursday and Friday.

Sharon Duncan says she bought the lottery ticket and threw it away after an electronic scanner told her it wasn’t a winner.

Sharon Jones grabbed the ticket from a convenience store trash can and claimed the jackpot.

Another judge ruled this spring that Duncan was entitled to the prize money, but he later ordered a new trial.

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  • NoUserName
    November 30, 2012 at 8:45 a.m.

    This story is just bizarre. From the 3 people who claim ownership to the judge...If the law is as clear as other commentators point out, why is this even going to trial?

  • RBBrittain
    November 30, 2012 at 9:36 a.m.

    Simple, NoUserName: Two greedy people (Sharon Duncan and the store owner) who are mad that they let a million-dollar lottery ticket slip through their hands hired a lawyer who's spreading enough flim-flam arguments to blind the judges in White County as to what the term "bearer instrument" means. The opinion by the first judge seemed to cite everything BUT the Lottery Commission regs that SPECIFICALLY say unsigned lottery tickets are "bearer instruments" (as do similar regs in the other 42 states & DC that have state lotteries). The purpose of those rules is to make legal ownership of a lottery ticket CLEAR: Sign it or it's "finders keepers, losers weepers". If only the court would look at the lottery regs, it should have NO problem throwing out this crazy lawsuit; Sharon Jones signed it, so it's hers.

  • arkygirl53
    November 30, 2012 at 8:12 p.m.

    This is so wrong,there should never had been any question of who the money belongs to...Ever who signed it and turned it in that's the one...I wish I could be on that jury and that Judge better do the right thing ,or Arkansas will get so much media for being such a stupid backwards state... If this happened in New York or any of those places who do you think would get the money....People are so greedy!!!

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