Women fight over $1 million lotto ticket

NEED TO KNOW
  • Arkansas woman finds a discarded lotto ticket worth $1 million
  • Store owner says any tickets found in her trash belong to her
  • So who should claim the $1 million prize?

There’s a million dollar tug-of-war going on in Arkansas over some “trash.” A woman found a winning scratch-off lottery ticket in a garbage can at a convenience store. But the store owner is now suing the woman, saying the garbage can was marked “Do Not Take” and that anything in her trashcan is her property.

So who do you think should get the million-dollar prize?

We asked fans of the Prime News Facebook page, and the vast majority said it’s a case of “finders keepers:”

Susan F. gave us a little legal lesson: “As with all trash, it is no longer yours once you throw it away... In Session 101.”

Deanne S. makes a fair point: “If the store doesn't want someone to take something, they shouldn't put the trash can out where anyone can take from it. It's like putting a penny jar out by the register and saying you can't have one...”

Maybe the courts will agree with Craig B.: “This is a simple matter of whether the sign was in place at the time the ticket was taken or put there afterwards. If the sign existed, then the store owner gets the prize. If it was put up later, then the finder is the keeper.”

Patrick P. has an interesting take on the law: “From what I can remember, the law clearly states that all found winning lottery tickets are to be immediately forwarded to me via my address.”

Steve B. wants things to be fair: “Simple. 50-50 spilt. Everyone wins.”

Who’s side are you on: The store owner or the woman who found the ticket? Or should the ladies just split it?

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