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Sometime the rules are not fair.

Went to Connecticut just before the Labor Day weekend for my aunt funeral I stayed in the the spring hill hotel close to the airport.Anyways I decided to buy a lottery ticket at the shell gas station near there, and I did and won 1,000 dollars to be exact however, its...
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All your fault if you did not spend the few dollars to send it certified/signature required.

#4184166 Review #4184166 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Crest Hill, Illinois
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Tax Withholding Issues

The Connecticut Lottery withheld my winnings because they said I owed taxes to the State of Connecticut. That was correct, but the amount that I owed was not verified, or even court ordered for me to pay. I am disabled and the law could require me to pay in increments set by a judge. I would not have to pay a lump sum but the CT. LOTTERY took the whole amount. The next issue was the amount they were taxing my winnings. The 1st 600 dollars is not taxable by law, so I should have received at least 600.00 Dollars when I went to cash my ticket. They totaled the whole amount without deducting the 600 and basically robbed me of the 600 dollars without a clear reason why they didn't pay me. By law: the 1st 600 or less is not taxable by the state of CT. that is why you can cash a winning ticket at any store that sells lottery tickets if it is 600 or less. I am also concerned because the CT Lottery doesn't reveal where the Play 4 winning tickets were sold and that seems suspicious because they could be 'Ghost Tickets" from internal personnel and that is illegal's. I also believe the odds on the back of the tickets are false and untrue. Some tickets read 1in4 odds of winning. That means: if you by 4 continuous tickets, at least 1 of the tickets should be a winner. I've seen customers buy 10 or more tickets and not one of the tickets were a winning ticket. The balls in the Daily and Night drawings are not clearly seen before they are mixed in the machine, and it seems like a 'smoke and mirror" effect on the game and is very deceiving. Last but not least. Participating stores never have enough money to cash tickets, and their excuse is; they can't keep that amount of money on hand because they might get robbed.

User's recommendation: Buyer Beware!!!

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Simple, you owed them, you paid! Seems fair to me!


I too have had the same issue with trying to cash a winning ticket under 599.00. Always told “We don’t have enough money to cash the ticket”. They have no problem taking YOUR money though.


I was told by someone at Lottery Headquarters that a retailer is not obligated to cash in your ticket. Maybe we should stop playing the lottery if their gonna have attitudes like that.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts

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