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Sting nabs Minnesota lottery clerks stealing winning tickets

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Posted: April 18, 2009, 5:43 pm - IP Logged

One can imagine that this article (the subject matter) is a hot topic of conversation among lottery directors.  Hopefully every state lottery has done this, or is planning to do this — undercover ticket redemption.

I hope that while they are going through this process that they also note which retailers refuse to pay out the prize.  There is nothing more aggravating than taking a winning ticket to a retailer only to be told "we can't cash that ticket." 

If a store wants to be a lottery retailer, they should be required to cash all winning tickets less than $600, no ifs, ands, or buts.

I've dealt with the same thing.  In fact, there was a chain of convenience stores in the New Orleans area that wouldn't cash any ticket, even for $1.  All they would do is give another ticket.  I don't know if they are still doing that, but my only recourse was to simply not shop there anymore. 

I usually run into this problem when I've tried to cash a $20 or $50 ticket at a small store like Circle K.  They don't keep much in the register, so they aren't always able to cash them.  What I do in those cases is go to a large, nearby supermarket and they have no problem cashing it.  Those places turn over a lot of cash, so they should have no problem.  I've been told some retailers will give a money order for a large jackpot, but never run into that myself.

Prisoner Six

"I am not a number, I am a free man!"