It's no secret that I hate the lottery machine as well as the lottery customers.
But what I really can't stand is when a customer doesn't realize their lottery ticket is a losing ticket.
We had this guy come in one time that brought in a lottery ticket.
"I want to cash this in," he said as he handed it to me with a smile on his face.
I scanned it through the machine and found that it was not a winning ticket.
"Sorry, it says it's not a winner," I said as I handed it back to him.
He took the ticket and looked at me. "What are you talking about? This is a winning ticket, it says so right here. It's a $5,000 winning ticket!" he yelled as he pointed to something on the ticket.
Normally I would look at the ticket and find out where he fucked up thinking it was a winner, but
a) he was yelling at me
b) it's a dick move to bring in a lottery ticket thinking you won a big amount, and not inform the cashier first to ask them if they have enough money to even cash the ticket
"Sorry, it's not a winning ticket," I said as I shrugged my shoulder.
I could see his temper coming out as he started to get red in the face. "You probably cashed it just now and are going to keep the money," he said.
Oh boy, here we go.
"I'm going to call the lottery commission about this store. I know I have a winning ticket and you just pulled some kind of scam. I want my money!" he said as he backed away. I was about to pick up the phone and call the cops on this nutjob, but he ended up turning around and storming out the door.
I never heard anything about it ever again. My guess is that the douchebag went home, maybe even called the lottery, but that someone he knows probably looked at the ticket and saw that it wasn't a winner.
I seriously hate the lottery.