I read that post, and there's no doubt about it, players in NY can not get a very clear picture of what the situation is with regard to the number of unclaimed top prizes for scratch off's. The New York Lottery destroys opened books of scratch-off's returned to them by retailers that have gone out of business. Not good because a top prize ticket could be destroyed. (I do think the odds on that happening are relatively small, but it's certainly possible that it could happen.)
I've wondered if all of the top prize winning tickets are disbursed when a game first comes on the market. I dont know if this is the case or not, but tickets could be in the process of being printed and obviously have not been distributed to retailers.
Many scratch-off players like to jump on a new game when tickets first go on sale because they believe that's the time when all of the top prizes are still available. But if there are tickets that have not yet been printed, it's possible that there may not even be one top tier prize in circulation.
If what I speculated upon above is true, then I think NY would be reluctant to reveal that information, should they be asked are all tickets printed and distributed prior to tickets going on sale.
Does anyone know if all scratch-off's are printed and distributed prior to going on sale?