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Lottery targets digital ticket purchasing services

By Kate Northrop

The California Lottery Monday issued a press release urging players to be wary of unregulated third-party lottery ticket delivery services.

With consumer demand for convenience perpetually on the rise, lottery players have been turning to app-based and online lottery ticket couriers to buy official lottery products.

However, the California Lottery issued a statement that warns players against such unregulated services, saying that they could potentially leave players vulnerable.

"It's come to our attention that some of our retail partners have been working with lottery courier businesses and that they, along with California Lottery players, may not even know the potential vulnerabilities they could be exposed to," Lottery Director Alva V. Johnson said in a statement. "The California Lottery is not affiliated with any third-party ticket delivery services. Players who choose to engage with them do so at their own risk."

Unregulated means that the online ticket delivery services are not vetted or approved by the Lottery, nor are they technically permitted to operate in the state. There is no contractual agreement between the ticket delivery services and the Lottery that ensures a safe and secure transaction for the player.

Alongside its efforts to raise awareness among players, the Lottery said that it's educating its 23,000 retailers about the potential ramifications of engaging with ticket courier businesses.

"I'm so thankful the Lottery let us know more about these courier services," Jesus Olive of longtime Lottery retailer chain R & M Pacific Rim said. "I've been hearing about people buying tickets through an app, but I didn't realize these services hadn't been vetted or approved by California Lottery officials."

Players looking for an approved California Lottery retailer can use the free Lottery Places app downloadable for iOS/iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, and Windows.

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Using one of these services gives you a middleman between you and your Winnings.

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    * Since Covid hit the State, more folks are not leaving their homes, they having groceries delivered to their doors and just about anything else. Some Folks will not venture outdoors for fear of picking up something. Enter the idea of lottery courier services. 

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      "Unregulated Services"  Translation, soon as we regulate them and get our tax share and our sticky little fingers in every aspect of this service, then you can use them.

      There, fixed it.

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        Just sent the CA Lottery a suggestion.   Why not give your customers what they want---on line purchases.   Problem solved.  Of course I had to mention how we love it in Kentucky!

         

        Last suggestion years ago they sent a 9 page document of disclaimers that I would not sue for my idea for monetary gain and send it back to them which I did.

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          Do you think this is limited to California? No!

          It could be a problem for All State Lotteries.

          A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

          Catch-22: A dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.

          Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges: When the republic is at its most corrupt the laws are most numerous.

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            Lottery targets digital ticket purchasing services

            By Kate Northrop

            The California Lottery Monday issued a press release urging players to be wary of unregulated third-party lottery ticket delivery services.

            With consumer demand for convenience perpetually on the rise, lottery players have been turning to app-based and online lottery ticket couriers to buy official lottery products.

            However, the California Lottery issued a statement that warns players against such unregulated services, saying that they could potentially leave players vulnerable.

            "It's come to our attention that some of our retail partners have been working with lottery courier businesses and that they, along with California Lottery players, may not even know the potential vulnerabilities they could be exposed to," Lottery Director Alva V. Johnson said in a statement. "The California Lottery is not affiliated with any third-party ticket delivery services. Players who choose to engage with them do so at their own risk."

            Unregulated means that the online ticket delivery services are not vetted or approved by the Lottery, nor are they technically permitted to operate in the state. There is no contractual agreement between the ticket delivery services and the Lottery that ensures a safe and secure transaction for the player.

            Alongside its efforts to raise awareness among players, the Lottery said that it's educating its 23,000 retailers about the potential ramifications of engaging with ticket courier businesses.

            "I'm so thankful the Lottery let us know more about these courier services," Jesus Olive of longtime Lottery retailer chain R & M Pacific Rim said. "I've been hearing about people buying tickets through an app, but I didn't realize these services hadn't been vetted or approved by California Lottery officials."

            Players looking for an approved California Lottery retailer can use the free Lottery Places app downloadable for iOS/iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, and Windows.

            One way the lottery could help combat unregulated third-party lottery ticket delivery service, would be to offer on online subscription service. One reason states introduced state lotteries was the tackle illegal lotteries.

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              One way the lottery could help combat unregulated third-party lottery ticket delivery service, would be to offer on online subscription service. One reason states introduced state lotteries was the tackle illegal lotteries.

              Ditto...see my earlier post.

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                Hey Danny you should sue bluegrass for stealing your idea

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                  No so fast.

                  People using such services pay a big commission.

                  Looking a bit further, the retailers also get a commission.

                  Finally the lottery takes its big share.

                  Of all that the state takes taxes.

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                    * Since Covid hit the State, more folks are not leaving their homes, they having groceries delivered to their doors and just about anything else. Some Folks will not venture outdoors for fear of picking up something. Enter the idea of lottery courier services. 

                    "Some folks will not venture outdoors for fear of picking up something."

                    Yeah, on the bottom of their shoes, LOL.


                                                                 
                                         
                                                             

                     

                     

                     

                     

                                                                                                                       

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                      No so fast.

                      People using such services pay a big commission.

                      Looking a bit further, the retailers also get a commission.

                      Finally the lottery takes its big share.

                      Of all that the state takes taxes.

                      Though California has an income tax they do not tax lottery winnings!

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                        * Since Covid hit the State, more folks are not leaving their homes, they having groceries delivered to their doors and just about anything else. Some Folks will not venture outdoors for fear of picking up something. Enter the idea of lottery courier services. 

                        Yeah, there are transmigrants with or without papers delivering on bicycle, Mac Donalds hamburger to anything. 

                        Every day I walk over a dozen of dead bodies when I go shoppin' in the Carrefour nearby. Somehow those transmagrants don't die of it, rather drown in the Channel or freeze in a cooling truck hitting for GB. ...
                        That covid is bad, and those borders suck like the governments giving all kind of help and than this negropropaganda in everything from national sucker soccer to ads and logos. Maybe some Mohamadoodoo bought the governments. ... But, hell yeah, all those dead bodies every day on the street. Yer should have voted another one before Trumpington.

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                          "Some folks will not venture outdoors for fear of picking up something."

                          Yeah, on the bottom of their shoes, LOL.

                          When the budget of the police is short,
                          you more often step into <snip>.

                          For a Fistful of Dollars – Per un pugno di dollari

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                            Born before 1970? You know what it means to step into <SNIP>!

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