|Posted: May 4, 2009, 6:50 pm - IP Logged|
Out of curiosity....how exactly does the system prevent clerks from stealing from legitimate winners?
I know most stores have cameras to indentify actual purchasers at the point-of-sale. I also know there are undercover investigators who go to the stores and test the clerk to see if the correct winnings/notice are delivered to the customer.
However, lets see a unsuspecting customers arrives to the store with a stack of tickets. They aren't aware of the actual winning numbers from the drawing. They simply ask the retailer to let the machine give the payout results. Since the customer is ignorant of the winning numbers and/or payout.....they take the retailer's word and never see the ticket again.
But couldn't a lottery clerk lie and say they found the winning ticket on the floor outside? Especially if the clerk waits awhile before showing up to lottery headquarters to redeem the ticket. Retailers scan thousands of tickets each day. How will investigators prove that the clerk stole one of the tickets from a customer?