I know, I know, you must have a billion questions about the title – why, how, when?
We’re all in the same boat. Let’s find out why she did what she did.
An Australian Woman, Kathy Jasmine Rado, is suing the Lott for $2 million (US$1.55 million) after she supposedly lost her winning ticket for a drawing that occurred seven years ago.
The 59-year-old woman of Cairns is going through every possible thing to try and get the Lott to pay her a $2 million prize that, according to her, she won.
She is a hundred per cent sure that the six numbers she chose on her ticket (that was lost) matched the numbers that were drawn on January 22nd, 2014 for the Monday and Wednesday Lotto game. The numbers were 3, 11, 22, 26, 42, and 44.
I’m just going to say something here: this is another reason why you should hold on tight to your tickets even if you have lost. Who knows she is telling the truth, and it might happen to you too?
After that drawing in 2014, Tabcorp, the Lott operator, announced that the winning ticket was sold at a DFO NewsExtra store in Cairns, where Rado purchased her ticket.
One week later, she called them to inform that she had won, but the Lott rejected her claim.
Kathy kept insisting that her numbers matched in the drawing that night. Why? Because she always chooses the number on the basis of specific family birthdays and her parents’ wedding anniversary. “I am not a lunatic. I’m fighting to be listened to,” she told The Courier-Mail.
On the bright side, The Lott tried to help Rado to prove that she did by the winning ticket in question and gave her and her two sons three tries each to guess the time and date the ticket was purchase and what type of ticket as well. However, none of them could recall the information.
However – on the bright side again – she got the store’s confirmation that she had indeed visited on January 22nd, 2014, but could not obtain security video footage from management that could have possibly proven that she did purchase the ticket in the store at a specific time.
“This company [The Lott] has gone out of their way to give me a hard time,” she said in court documents.
She also told that she chose to pay with cash over using a players’ card at the time of the purchased.
Who knows maybe if she had associated her purchase with a Lottery membership, she could have been contacted by The Lott and told her about the win.
Kathy had tried her best to track down the lost ticket and prove that she had indeed won, and went as far as to hire a psychic to help her locate it!
Wow, she really was determined to find it. Honestly, who wouldn’t?
She also left notes on the cars in the parking lot in front of the DFO NewsExtra store to encourage the customers who might have witnessed her purchasing the ticket to come forward and provide eyewitness proof.
According to the court documents, Kathy used a special light to make out fading numbers on old lottery tickets.
She is hoping to achieve one of the two outcomes – either to locate the winning ticket within ten years (the time frame that players get to claim their prizes) or that the court case will make The Lotto divulge the specifics of the winning ticket so she can match them to her memory.
The next hearing is on February 3rd.
If (hopefully) she successfully comes home with her prize, she plans on using it to help her friends and family and donate some to charity.
Fun fact: Kathy is playing the lottery using the same numbers to this day!
Well, guys, we all learned a pretty big lesson here.
Lesson 1: hold on to your tickets like they are your life!
Lesson 2: stick with the same numbers.
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