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Appeals Court says 180-Day Deadline on Lottery Prizes Not Enforceable

MAY 17, 2006 - Posted at 7:46 a.m. CST

 

KANSAS CITY, MO - A state appeals court panel says the Missouri Lottery's 180-day deadline for claiming a prize isn't worth the ticket it's printed on.

The panel for the Court of Appeals' Western District ruled yesterday in the case of a man who bought a Powerball ticket in Missouri worth $100,000.

Paul Barnett of Dyersburg, Tennessee, bought the ticket in December of 2002, but it sat on the console of his pickup until his wife found it ten months later.

Barnett tried to claim his prize on November 1, 2003, more than 300 days after the ticket was bought.  The Lottery refused, noting language on the back of the ticket about a 180-day deadline.

But the Court of Appeals panel says nothing in Missouri law or the Lottery's published regulations mentions a 180-day deadline.  The court says that figure was just an internal Lottery policy.

Attorney General Jay Nixon's office is studying a possible appeal.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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