Honesty the best policy



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May 3, 2008
This find may have keeper's consequences

The "finders keepers, losers weepers" story of a Swindon housewife who cashed in a winning lotto ticket she found on the floor of a supermarket made many UK newspapers this week.

The Daily Express reported that Amanda Stacey (34) picked up the lotto ticket off the floor of a supermarket, took it home and was delighted to discover that it was a winning ticket worth GBP 30 000.

But instead of handing the ticket in, she and her husband cashed it in and used the prize money for their personal gain....and as a result now face possible imprisonment for fraud.

The real owner of the ticket was regular player Dorothy McDonagh (61) who realised it had in fact been her ticket, which she proved to the lotto administrators, Camelot.

The case was reported to the police, who immediately froze the remaining GBP 15 000 of the prize in the Staceys possession and brought charges of theft and dishonesty.

When interviewed by officers, Amanda Stacey said she had not realised she was committing a crime. She simply put the find down to good luck.

But the Crown Prosecution Service took a different view. The Staceys were taken to court where they admitted making a false representation. Stacey also admitted theft.

They were each given 11-month suspended jail sentences. The judge at Swindon Crown Court said the pair acted out of financial need, not greed.

Rob Ross, defending, told the court: “It is important for the public to know that ‘Finders keepers, losers weepers’ is not true and never was true.”

A court hearing in July will decide if Dorothy McDonagh will get the GBP 15 000 that remains. The only way she can recover the other half is by a private action.

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Jun 1, 2008
Grottoes, Virginia, U.S.A.
Well if it was just a ticket laying out on the curb or anywhere else, and i found it, who you gonna turn it in to? some store clerk who will just hold onto the ticket and if it s a winner, than i'm sure he not gonna tell anyone either? Unless the ticket had this ladies name on it, i'm sorry, i disagree, the woman should not have been so careless as to lose it in the 1st place.

unless there was some way of knowing when i found this ticket, that it was surely this womans and i could reach her, then i woulda kept the ticket too. Once i found a $20 scratch-off ticket laying on a department store ashe tray, i picked it up, it was already scratched, and i realized that it was a $20 winner. Now, seeing that this is a winner, should i have went to that store manager and said , hey, i found this ticket, its a winner, can you hold this in case someone comes looking for it? YEAH RIGHT!! that manager i'm certain woulda laughed at me and said"SUREEE" and cashed it in on the way home. I'm a pretty honest person when it comes to alot of things, but i see no wrong if it was unproven to the couple that found the ticket to know who's it was.
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