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Lottery Lotto Clerks Stealing Winning Tickets In California | Dateline

Updated on November 30, 2010

Lottery Lotto Clerks Stealing Winning Tickets In California | Datline

Across the country the TV program Dateline is exposing lottery lotto clerks that have been stealing winning tickets from unsuspecting customers in a program called "How Lucky Can You Get".

The winning tickets are handed to the clerks where the clerks scan the tickets either only giving partial winnings back or telling the customer that the ticket is not a winner. The clerks then keep the tickets and cash the winning ticket in for themselves stealing tens of thousands of .dollars. Mostly 5-1000 dollars at a time but larger winners were also duped.

Dateline has been going around the country exposing these criminal clerks that receive around 5% of the total sales from lottery tickets already just for having scratch off tickets or number lottery ticket vendors in their store.

The program visited over 600 stores in California and also visited over 45 stores in NYC busting criminal clerks that were caught stealing winning tickets. Some clerks even failed to correctly check winning tickets claiming the tickets were losers.

These undercover players have video tape of the clerks denying that they wrongfully take tickets or wrongfully check winning tickets.

NBC Dateline continues to go around the United States investigating these lottery retail thieves claiming to be honest clerks and suggest checking numbers online or with self scanners.


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      Stripervince 7 years ago

      Sign your name on back!!!!!!!!! Thats wat its there for. If you win big take color pics of ticket front and back with you holding it

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      Sherri 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Good for you to bring this up here and spread the word, as dashingclaire said.

      For people who don't have access to the Internet to check their own tickets, the convenience of having a clerk scan the ticket makes it easy to let your guard down, especially if you are by nature a trusting person.

      It was my mother who warned me about this a year or so ago. I've never seen it happen, but it's just too easy to be the victim. Voted up and useful.

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      dashingclaire 7 years ago from United States

      I saw this story. What a same - just can't trust some people - too bad! Thanks for spreading the word.

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      WoodsmensPost 7 years ago from Arizona

      Yes I have often wondered my self and after seeing the program first hand I will no longer take the clerks word for it. I will request a print out of the winning numbers to check for myself. I hope big players see this, its just wrong!!!!

    • profile image 7 years ago

      I recently suspected this happened to me when, out of character - I wasn't given back a "losing" ticket by the clerk.

      I'd already walked away but later I thought about it and wondered. This hub was an interesting read in light of this!