|Posted: March 19, 2011, 9:05 pm - IP Logged|
You really think your average convenience store saves surveillance video for 6 months or more? What's far more likely is that they simply asked Patel where he bought the ticket and he couldn't give them a very good answer. At some point they would have asked him about playing those numbers before, and if he came at all close to giving them the answer that they already had they would have asked him where he typically played them. It's pretty tough to give good answers to those questions when it's not really your ticket.
As to how they find the right person, they know her playing history, and it's very easy for them to know she's buying another ticket with those numbers a moment before the ticket comes out of the printer. They could possibly get the retailer at her usual location(s) involved, but I'd guess it's more likely they'd try to keep it all internal. If she really played with "clockwork regularity" maybe they just needed to have somebody sitting outside the store after she got out of work on a Friday night.
It's also possible that they would have checked credit card sales for the times her tickets were purchased. I'm not in favor of a wholesale checking of who used credit cards, but I get my tickets at gas stations often enough that it's entirely possible to locate me that way. In fact, I've long figured that if I were to lose a wining ticket the credit card would be part of the proof that I owned the ticket.
The only thing I think is unlikely is that we'd learn anything really surprising if the lottery revealed their "enhanced security procedures".