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Why doesn't the lottery allow you to keep big winners ?

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Posted: February 22, 2011, 11:41 am - IP Logged

Why doesn't the lottery allow you to keep big winners ?

I dont buy the "for security reasons" not one bit. Maybe its the fear the winning algorithm would be cracked ?

Are there certain markings or codes which give it away if examined for a few hours that the lottery does not want you to know about ?

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    sully16's avatar - sharan
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    Posted: February 22, 2011, 12:55 pm - IP Logged

    could be, take pictures of the front and back.

    Or put a winner under black light.

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      Jon D's avatar - calotterylogo
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      Posted: February 22, 2011, 1:07 pm - IP Logged

      Many stores seem to like hanging up past big winners.(>$600) So I assume there is some kind of procedure or policy of the lotto commission mailing back the big scratcher winners to the selling store for display and marketing purposes? You could ask a store how they get back all those winners for display. But doesn't seem like the lotto commission retaining the big winners is a big issue.

      I don't believe there is any special markings on winners, although I have not had any BIG winner to really verify that. But from the various reports of scratch card manufacturing, it seems like an automated computer inserted process in the printing. Would not have to show anything on the outside, but they would definitely know exactly where the winning ticket was and could verify if needed. So the trick is hiding the winning ticket location from the guys that are overseeing the manufacturing and distribution to avoid fraud. That is something I am more suspicious about. Somebody knows where they are...

        sully16's avatar - sharan
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        Posted: February 22, 2011, 3:31 pm - IP Logged

        sometimes the secrets get out and those involved are fired, I think for the most part integrity is what you could call it.

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          Posted: February 23, 2011, 3:32 pm - IP Logged

          I think its for book keeping/Security/tax purposes/audit purposes.

          I notice the stores that sell big winners >600 will photocopy tickets and hang those up.