Tic Tac OH NO!

Friday, April 27th, 2012
Melissa Wilson - Super Tic Tac Toe

Caroline County Couple’s $30,000 Winning Ticket Almost Ripped in Half

A Hurlock couple scratched their way to a nice-sized nest egg on the Super Tic Tac Toe scratch-off.  Fifty-two-year-old Melissa Wilson was with her husband Dallas when luck shined their way. Their lucky moment could have played out much differently.

“I was playing my Pick 4 numbers, when Dallas suggested I buy the scratch-off because it was the last one left from the roll,” said Melissa, a housekeeper. Without really knowing how to play the game, Dallas scratched off the ticket and handed it to the cashier to check. The “cash at lottery” message popped up, but then the unthinkable happened. The cashier began to tear the ticket down the middle. “I don’t think he realized it was a winner,” said Melissa. “I asked him to hand the ticket back before it was torn completely in half,” sighed Dallas.

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After getting the almost-severed ticket back in their hands, the parents of four and grandparents of eleven went home and tried to relax. Unfortunately, thinking about their windfall and what could have been lost caused the couple to have a restless night. Early the next morning, they took the trip to Baltimore to claim their big prize.

The Wilsons plan to use the winnings towards a sunroom or a screened-in porch and will put the rest of their winnings into savings. The winning ticket was purchased at Shop Stop located at 300 Broad Street in Hurlock, Maryland.

  • Kristinag24

    One more thing…their should be a rule against lottery agents asking for a portion of a possible winning ticket.  I have purchased scratch offs from 711′s and other stores and although some MAY be teasing, they say something like “I get half if you win right?” or “10%”.  It makes me feel very uncomfortable when I have to say “no”.  It really bothers me and makes me only want to purchase from vending machines which I dislike doing as well. 

  • Kristinag24

    I have to agree with some of the other comments.  I think the clerk knew it was a winning ticket.  It’s to obvious.  It’s a blessing that you noticed before the ticket was completly destroyed.

  • lhcambridge

    congratulations

  • lhcambridge

    congratulations

  • Anonymous

    Enjoy some of that mola for just the two of you

  • Freedukes

    I’m just wondering how many others loss there prize at the hands
    of that store. It’s a good thing you were paying attention. Enjoy
    spend some on each other.

    • Diana

      Congratulations to you both, I am so glad your husband caught that error on the clerk, clerks should have a lottery official come in and show them how to properly check the tickets and the customer should be able to check it first on their own. They also need to teach them how to put your numbers in correctly into the machine. Enjoy!!

  • Sxxyface

    Congrats to you,. The cashier know not to tear a winning ticket up that say “cash at lottery” it’s good that your husband was with you, to be that second set of eyes. Because your fortune could have been theirs IJS (I’m just saying)

  • cutty sark

    Friday April 27, 2012 – the first day of Stephen Martino’s third year as director of the Maryland Lottery. and possibly the most critical day of his entire professional life.
    This is the day he must use all the powers of his position and all of his training and natural abilities to halt the payment of the Mega Millions jackpot to the Three Amigos. If funds from the Maryland Lottery have already transferred into the personal accounts of the Three Amigos, then Martino must exert all of his efforts to obtaining a court-ordered hold on withdrawal or movement of those funds.
    That is because it is now clear that we have probably been fooled. All of us. The Mega Millions playing public and the Lottery director. The Three Amigos are almost certainly not who they passed themselves off to be. At this point, there are several unexplained issues with the story presented by the Amigos that raise sufficient doubt concerning the legality of their title to the March 30 Mega Millions jackpot winning ticket which they brought into Maryland Lottery headquarters on April 10 to claim the prize money.
    Lottery tickets are bearer instruments and possession is a strong indication of ownership, but it is not absolute. There is sufficient evidence that the winning ticket may have been obtained from the rightful owners through unlawful methods and tactics.
    Under these circumstances, it is the duty of the Lottery to hold payment of the funds until further investigation is made to determine rightful ownership of the ticket. If Maryland Lottery director Martino chooses to ignore evidence of unresolved title to the jackpot ticket and a future determination is made that unlawful methods were used to obtain possession from the rightful owner(s) – then Maryland Lottery could be found culpable of  negligence of their duties and be held liable to pay damages of some portion or the total amount of the jackpot money to the rightful owners who were victimized.
    We don’t know if theThree Amigos are the rightful owners or not, but we have reached the point at which the ethical standards and duties of the Lottery require holding payment temporarily for further investigation to be conducted.
    If the Three Amigos can pass a thorough and professional investigation then the funds can be released.
    Its Friday morning and its time to wake up and realize that the happy glow the Amigos left has begun to fade. We know that we can’t just believe everything people tell us and we should be careful not to judge a person on title or position, but we fell for it anyway. We swooned over the Amigos. Now it looks as if we got rooked.
    And not just by the Amigos. If they have truly pulled a fast one on all of us, then insider help may have played a part.
    The giveaway – the Amigos were caught by director Martino indulging in laughter about the situation of Mirlande Wilson.
     No truly gracious and decent jackpot winner would willingly participate in laughing about the plight of Mirlande Wilson and her co-workers at the Liberty Road McDonald’s. 
    Those people underwent a level of anxiety, stress and ridicule that is not a laughing matter. More importantly – Mirlande Wilson and her co-workers were subjected to a week of chaos and derision as a direct result of the Amigos. The Amigos are ultimately responsible for allowing the situation to continue unabated for an entire week. At any time -they could have called Maryland Lottery to inform them that they were holders of the Mega Million jackpot ticket and would come in to the offices of MDL on a future day – but they did nothing of the sort.
     They only thought of themselves and their own plans and left Mirlande Wilson and her crew to twist in the wind. Public teachers or not, nice people don’t sit there and do nothing and then come in for the money and laugh at the victims.
    Lottery director Martino took them at their word, but the only proof of anything they brought was the I.D. they needed to claim the payment. Everything else they told Martino about their careers and families and future plans can easily be a smooth talking con job.
    That must be considered – along with the incredible change in the story of  how the winning ticket was purchased. First the Amigos said they purchased sixty dollars of tickets from three separate locations and the winner was a single sale Quickpick. That story inexplicably changed to saying all sixty dollars of tickets was bought at the Liberty Road 7/11 and the winner was on a 5 play Quikpick.
    The revised description brings the Three Amigos much closer to replicating the ticket purchase made by the pool of 15 employees from the McDonalds. Those pool play Mega Millionstickets had been placed  in the office safe at the McDonald’s restaurant.
    At this point, maybe only the purchase time of 7:15 PM may be of significant difference – but that may not be the truthful purchase time of the winner and may indicate collusion from one or more individual employees of Maryland Lottery security.
    And the circumstances for collusion to occur may already hve been present without knowledge of the Lottery director.
    Stephen Martino has only been at the helm of MDL for two years and a day. Before that he lived and worked in Kansas  – far away from the Baltimore scene. So he may be completely unaware of prior relationships and interactions between a member(s) of his security team and the owners or partners of the Liberty Road 7/11 and McDonalds.
    Very often, the Lottery has drawn employees who already spent years in a career of regional manager or route managers for a major vendor to 7/11 and/or Mcdonalds.
    The Lottery official may already have familiarity with the 7/11 owner/ partner or the McDonalds franchisee going back over years.
     Add that familiarity together with an invitation to commit fraud, larceny or conversion on a single thin slice of MD Lottery paperstock and then share in a $218 milion jackpot and you are looking at a formula for people with good reputations to go very bad in a heartbeat.
    Maryland Lottery director Martino needs to start working the phones.
    Freeze those questionable jackpot funds, now!
     Martino can do it!
     He is a skilled attorney and litigator. He has worked alongside legislators and written gaming legislation.
    If he has too, he needs to ring  up Scalia or Alito or Souter or Sotomayor.
    Freeze that jackpot,  now!
    Then Martino needs to bring onboard a complete independent investigation team.
                    They will need to interview the 7/11 owner/partners/employees AND carefully review the store surveillance tape to see who actually  purchased the winning ticket.
    We can’t be sure yet, but this might be a case of larceny.
    The Three Amigos are starting to look more and more like the Three Banditos.

  • cutty sark

    Friday April 27, 2012 – the first day of Stephen Martino’s third year as director of the Maryland Lottery. and possibly the most critical day of his entire professional life.
    This is the day he must use all the powers of his position and all of his training and natural abilities to halt the payment of the Mega Millions jackpot to the Three Amigos. If funds from the Maryland Lottery have already transferred into the personal accounts of the Three Amigos, then Martino must exert all of his efforts to obtaining a court-ordered hold on withdrawal or movement of those funds.
    That is because it is now clear that we have probably been fooled. All of us. The Mega Millions playing public and the Lottery director. The Three Amigos are almost certainly not who they passed themselves off to be. At this point, there are several unexplained issues with the story presented by the Amigos that raise sufficient doubt concerning the legality of their title to the March 30 Mega Millions jackpot winning ticket which they brought into Maryland Lottery headquarters on April 10 to claim the prize money.
    Lottery tickets are bearer instruments and possession is a strong indication of ownership, but it is not absolute. There is sufficient evidence that the winning ticket may have been obtained from the rightful owners through unlawful methods and tactics.
    Under these circumstances, it is the duty of the Lottery to hold payment of the funds until further investigation is made to determine rightful ownership of the ticket. If Maryland Lottery director Martino chooses to ignore evidence of unresolved title to the jackpot ticket and a future determination is made that unlawful methods were used to obtain possession from the rightful owner(s) – then Maryland Lottery could be found culpable of  negligence of their duties and be held liable to pay damages of some portion or the total amount of the jackpot money to the rightful owners who were victimized.
    We don’t know if theThree Amigos are the rightful owners or not, but we have reached the point at which the ethical standards and duties of the Lottery require holding payment temporarily for further investigation to be conducted.
    If the Three Amigos can pass a thorough and professional investigation then the funds can be released.
    Its Friday morning and its time to wake up and realize that the happy glow the Amigos left has begun to fade. We know that we can’t just believe everything people tell us and we should be careful not to judge a person on title or position, but we fell for it anyway. We swooned over the Amigos. Now it looks as if we got rooked.
    And not just by the Amigos. If they have truly pulled a fast one on all of us, then insider help may have played a part.
    The giveaway – the Amigos were caught by director Martino indulging in laughter about the situation of Mirlande Wilson.
     No truly gracious and decent jackpot winner would willingly participate in laughing about the plight of Mirlande Wilson and her co-workers at the Liberty Road McDonald’s. 
    Those people underwent a level of anxiety, stress and ridicule that is not a laughing matter. More importantly – Mirlande Wilson and her co-workers were subjected to a week of chaos and derision as a direct result of the Amigos. The Amigos are ultimately responsible for allowing the situation to continue unabated for an entire week. At any time -they could have called Maryland Lottery to inform them that they were holders of the Mega Million jackpot ticket and would come in to the offices of MDL on a future day – but they did nothing of the sort.
     They only thought of themselves and their own plans and left Mirlande Wilson and her crew to twist in the wind. Public teachers or not, nice people don’t sit there and do nothing and then come in for the money and laugh at the victims.
    Lottery director Martino took them at their word, but the only proof of anything they brought was the I.D. they needed to claim the payment. Everything else they told Martino about their careers and families and future plans can easily be a smooth talking con job.
    That must be considered – along with the incredible change in the story of  how the winning ticket was purchased. First the Amigos said they purchased sixty dollars of tickets from three separate locations and the winner was a single sale Quickpick. That story inexplicably changed to saying all sixty dollars of tickets was bought at the Liberty Road 7/11 and the winner was on a 5 play Quikpick.
    The revised description brings the Three Amigos much closer to replicating the ticket purchase made by the pool of 15 employees from the McDonalds. Those pool play Mega Millionstickets had been placed  in the office safe at the McDonald’s restaurant.
    At this point, maybe only the purchase time of 7:15 PM may be of significant difference – but that may not be the truthful purchase time of the winner and may indicate collusion from one or more individual employees of Maryland Lottery security.
    And the circumstances for collusion to occur may already hve been present without knowledge of the Lottery director.
    Stephen Martino has only been at the helm of MDL for two years and a day. Before that he lived and worked in Kansas  – far away from the Baltimore scene. So he may be completely unaware of prior relationships and interactions between a member(s) of his security team and the owners or partners of the Liberty Road 7/11 and McDonalds.
    Very often, the Lottery has drawn employees who already spent years in a career of regional manager or route managers for a major vendor to 7/11 and/or Mcdonalds.
    The Lottery official may already have familiarity with the 7/11 owner/ partner or the McDonalds franchisee going back over years.
     Add that familiarity together with an invitation to commit fraud, larceny or conversion on a single thin slice of MD Lottery paperstock and then share in a $218 milion jackpot and you are looking at a formula for people with good reputations to go very bad in a heartbeat.
    Maryland Lottery director Martino needs to start working the phones.
    Freeze those questionable jackpot funds, now!
     Martino can do it!
     He is a skilled attorney and litigator. He has worked alongside legislators and written gaming legislation.
    If he has too, he needs to ring  up Scalia or Alito or Souter or Sotomayor.
    Freeze that jackpot,  now!
    Then Martino needs to bring onboard a complete independent investigation team.
                    They will need to interview the 7/11 owner/partners/employees AND carefully review the store surveillance tape to see who actually  purchased the winning ticket.
    We can’t be sure yet, but this might be a case of larceny.
    The Three Amigos are starting to look more and more like the Three Banditos.



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