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Posted: January 6, 2009, 7:34 pm - IP Logged

Is California the only state that does this?  We have these small scanners at all lottery retailers that can read the bar codes on the tickets and tell you whether the ticket is a winner.

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    Posted: January 6, 2009, 7:38 pm - IP Logged

    Is California the only state that does this?

    Nope.  I'm not sure if every state does it, but we have that technology here in CT as well.

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      Posted: January 6, 2009, 7:43 pm - IP Logged

      We have it here in GA.

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        Posted: January 6, 2009, 7:51 pm - IP Logged

        Tx has barcodes also. Probably because there are only maybe 2 or 3 companies that sell lottery equipment, so it stands to reason that all states use barcodes. Maybe there are more companies that sell lottery equipment, but I would think that all states use barcodes.

        I tried using a scanner to check some scratchers once right after Christmas, but it was just easier to let the store clerk scan them in the terminal.

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          Posted: January 6, 2009, 7:57 pm - IP Logged

          Is California the only state that does this?  We have these small scanners at all lottery retailers that can read the bar codes on the tickets and tell you whether the ticket is a winner.

          Every lottery in every state uses codes on the tickets.  When you puchase your ticket, the numbers you chose (or the quick pick generated by the lottery terminal) are transmitted to a central computer, which records the numbers and creates a unique ID number.  That ID number is transmitted right back the the lottery terminal, and the lottery ticket is then printed, including both the numbers you chose and the ID generated by the central computer. 

          All of that happens in maybe an eighth of a second, or perhaps a half-second during busy periods.  The central computer is optimized to record ticket numbers and generate ID codes very quickly.

          That process and the ID code are extremely important, because they allow the lottery to determine if a claim is valid or not.  If that process was not in place, it would be VERY easy to create a fake lottery ticket, print the winning numbers on it after the drawing, and claim (steal) the jackpot.

          Any lottery that did not track the tickets they sold would be corrupt and would not last very long.

           

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            Posted: January 13, 2009, 12:27 am - IP Logged

            Yea every state has it. And i wonder what would happen if someone, copied a ticket and tried to cash it. hmm?

            Im trying my best to stay in the game.

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              Yea every state has it. And i wonder what would happen if someone, copied a ticket and tried to cash it. hmm?

              Once you cash the original ticket if you had made a copy and tried to cash it elsewhere when they scan the ticket it will say already paid out on this ticket. You could get busted if the clerk calls the cops.

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                Posted: January 13, 2009, 2:41 am - IP Logged

                Yea every state has it. And i wonder what would happen if someone, copied a ticket and tried to cash it. hmm?

                A ticket can only be cashed once so if you could cashed a copy, it would nullify the real one.  Any tickets worth $600 or more have to be taken to a bank or a lottery head quarters to be verified again after being verified by a retailer and the winner has to have ID for tax purposes.  Ohio not only have the bar codes on their tickets but the rolls of paper that the tickets are printed on have serial numbers so the winning tickets not only has to have the right bar codes but  be printed on paper issued to the location where the ticket was bought.

                 * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                   
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                  Posted: January 13, 2009, 3:29 am - IP Logged

                  Virginia does have those do-it-yourself scanners,  at first I thought only 7-11s had it, but they seem to be almost everywhere now.

                    I love them, because It bothers me to inconvenience the stores to check sometimes 50 or 75 tickets for me. 

                   

                  (But the first time I almost lost a winner, the beep is the same for losers and winners, and I was just going by the beep.  Now I now better to read the display every single time.  They really should have put a different sound for the winning tickets, be careful and take your time when checking lots of them)

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                    Posted: January 13, 2009, 9:29 am - IP Logged

                    A ticket can only be cashed once so if you could cashed a copy, it would nullify the real one.  Any tickets worth $600 or more have to be taken to a bank or a lottery head quarters to be verified again after being verified by a retailer and the winner has to have ID for tax purposes.  Ohio not only have the bar codes on their tickets but the rolls of paper that the tickets are printed on have serial numbers so the winning tickets not only has to have the right bar codes but  be printed on paper issued to the location where the ticket was bought.

                    Banks verify lottery tickets?  Never heard that one.

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                      Posted: January 13, 2009, 12:02 pm - IP Logged

                      Banks verify lottery tickets?  Never heard that one.

                      I think there's a state or two that allow you to claim prizes over $600 up to a certain amount at a certain chain of banks, IIRC.  I don't recall which state(s), though.

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                        Banks verify lottery tickets?  Never heard that one.

                        Not in FL, but RJOh lives in Ohio where you can collect lottery winnings up to $5,000 with a claim form at a participating bank.  They charge a fee however.

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                          A ticket can only be cashed once so if you could cashed a copy, it would nullify the real one.  Any tickets worth $600 or more have to be taken to a bank or a lottery head quarters to be verified again after being verified by a retailer and the winner has to have ID for tax purposes.  Ohio not only have the bar codes on their tickets but the rolls of paper that the tickets are printed on have serial numbers so the winning tickets not only has to have the right bar codes but  be printed on paper issued to the location where the ticket was bought.

                          In addition to a bar code, my state has serial-numbered-on-the-back paper, another set of numbers on the front to represent the selling store, and another group of numbers on the front to show how many tickets were printed that day, by that store.

                          There are other control numbers, too, but I havent decoded those yet.

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                            diamonpalace have you noticed it's been over two years since the quadruples fell? What's your input on this?

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                              Posted: February 9, 2009, 10:25 pm - IP Logged

                              Is California the only state that does this?  We have these small scanners at all lottery retailers that can read the bar codes on the tickets and tell you whether the ticket is a winner.

                              The CA bar codes also tells Lottery Official exactly where the ticket was purchased....