Tucked into a story earlier this week about Oregon's $340 million jackpot, the biggest Powerball jackpot ever, was this little tidbit:
[Lottery spokesman Chuck] Baumann said he was also calling to investigate rumors that the winning ticket was bought by a 17-year-old, which would violate Oregon law.
If true, it would trigger an investigation of the retailer, believed to be Ray’s Food Place in Jacksonville. “I don’t think it would have jeopardized the prize,’’ Baumann said.
Steve West said the ticket was purchased by an adult, but he didn’t name the buyer.
But in another case this week, that of a ticket purchased with a stolen credit card, the authorities ruled it would invalidate the prize.
A Southern Oregon woman used a stolen credit card to buy a state lottery scratch-it ticket that was worth $1 million, police said. ... If convicted, [Christina] Goodenow will not be able to collect the prize money because fraud was used to purchase the winning ticket, police said.
One great thing about blogs is that collective knowledge and skills of our audience can be brought to bear on tough questions.
* If the lottery ticket was purchased by a minor, would it invalidate the ticket?
* If purchased by a minor, would it constitute some other crime?
* If the ticket were to be invalid, would the $340 million go back into the current jackpot? Or would it go to the state(s) - either Oregon or all the Powerball states?
OK, BlueOregonians, dig in. Help us figure this out.