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Mailing Lotto Tickets Across State Lines

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Posted: July 9, 2004, 8:24 pm - IP Logged

Is is legal to mail lotto tickets across state lines? I remember reading on several websites where this was illegal. However, on yesterday, I logged onto a state lotto website and browsed the winners catagory and found that one of the major winners admitted that he sent his relative (who lived in a different state) a greeting card and inside that card was some lotto tickets. I emailed the Lotto Headquaters and asked them if this was illegal or not. The email response from the Lotto Corporation was..."since there was no 'intent' to sell the lotto tickets across state lines, then no rules were broken, in our opinion."

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    Posted: July 9, 2004, 8:39 pm - IP Logged

    just so long as you aren't selling the person the ticket, it's ok. a lot of lotteries will let you claim small prizes by mail. a big game jackpot was even claimed by mail.

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      Posted: July 11, 2004, 10:15 am - IP Logged

      You can always looked up postal regulations on http://www.usps.com.



      I've looked them up in the past and found it was actually illegal to send any lottery materials through the mail. The only time it is legal is for communication between individuals and the authority which operates the lottery.



      My interpretation is it's probably only legal to send tickets across state lines if you are sending them direct to the lottery.



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        Posted: July 11, 2004, 10:23 am - IP Logged

        It is illegal BEFORE the drawing, but it is legal AFTER the drawing.

        Before the drawing it is gambling instrument.  After the drawing it is a bearer document.  Big difference.

        Also, it does not have anything to do with if you're selling it or not.  If you mail someone a lottery ticket before the drawing, it's illegal no matter what.

         

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          This was under a discussion about sending money through the mail for foreign lotteries which is strictly against the law, however the first paragraph seems to refer sending tickets or any other lottery materials across state lines through the postal service which I've always understood to be against the law.  Am however understanding that other carriers such as FedEx, UPS, DHL can be used to deliver in a winning ticket to a state lottery across state lines.  Would be prudent to check and double check as to their insurance limitations and exclusions if the ticket is large.

          "As a general proposition, sending lottery material through the mail is prohibited by federal law. This material includes, among other things, letters or circulars concerning a lottery, tickets or any paper claiming to represent tickets, chances or shares in a lottery, and payments to purchase any such tickets, chances, or shares.

          Congress has enacted limited exemptions from this prohibition, including some which allow such material for a lottery conducted by a state of the United States to be mailed to addresses in that state. No exemption has been enacted which would make it lawful for a foreign lottery enterprise to use the U.S. Mail, or cause it to be used, to operate, promote, or enter one of its lotteries.

          First-time offenders convicted of knowingly violating the postal antilottery statute would face penalties of up to a $1,000 fine and two years in prison. However, persons falling for foreign lottery sales pitches and mailing purchase payments in ignorance of the statutory prohibition normally are not prosecuted, and would face no more than a stern warning from the Postal Inspection Service. Such a warning usually is sufficient to dissuade them from further attempts to enter foreign lotteries through the mail. If you receive a mailed lottery solicitation that you think may be illegal, turn the entire mail piece over to your local postmaster or the nearest Postal Inspector. "

          http://www.usps.com/postalinspectors/lottery.htm

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            Posted: July 11, 2004, 10:40 am - IP Logged

            Winning lottery tickets can also be redeemed through the mail.

             

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              Posted: July 11, 2004, 10:52 am - IP Logged

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                Posted: July 11, 2004, 10:54 am - IP Logged

                Remember that guy who mailed a huge Big Game wining ticket in NJ?  I think it was close to $50 million, and he mailed it!  Worse yet, it arrived after the deadline ... but they honored it anyway.

                 

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                  Posted: July 11, 2004, 10:58 am - IP Logged

                  Here's the Archive page at BigGameLottery.com that has the story.  Check out a few days before he claimed the prize the stories about the expiring ticket.

                  http://www.biggamelottery.com/archive-062001.htm

                   

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                      Hi I am confused  here if I get a ticket sent through the mail and it is a winning ticket can I not cash it in .Nobody knows if the ticket is sent through the mail   .  Sounds Illegal Lol  however I used to go to Georgia across state from me to buy tickets in the lottery  .  I had a friend who offered to mail the tickets to me  but I said no .When I went I played for about 5 weeks at a time        So  if I understand this Right it is illegal for him to mail the tickets    to me    but I can get them through  Fedex  Am i right  .

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                        Posted: July 11, 2004, 12:38 pm - IP Logged

                        You can get them thru FedEx - as long as they're not being SOLD to you.  HOWEVER, FedEx does not insure bearer documents - so if they're lost or damaged you don't get any insurance.

                         

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                          Quote: Originally posted by Todd on July 11, 2004


                          Remember that guy who mailed a huge Big Game wining ticket in NJ?  I think it was close to $50 million, and he mailed it!  Worse yet, it arrived after the deadline ... but they honored it anyway.


                          Yes, Todd, but that ticket was mailed WITHIN the state, not outside of the state. That was in New Jersey. I remember the guy's story very well. So, as far as I can see, no laws were broken there.
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                            Posted: July 11, 2004, 4:13 pm - IP Logged

                            I replied to your PM.  Also, I have documented proof of lottery tickets redeemed between states through the mail.  The Illinois example above is some clerk that really doesn't know what they're talking about.

                             

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                              Posted: August 7, 2004, 7:31 pm - IP Logged

                              What about buying lottery tickets online from another country ?