“The lottery is out there actively investigating,” said Laura Solano, Colorado Lottery Director.   Undercover lottery investigators are conducting between 300 to 600 stings ever year, called compliance audits. The undercover investigators – posing as customers- will typically present what appear to be winning tickets to lottery clerks and ask if they have indeed won. On occasion, clerks inform the agents their tickets are losers and turn them away. Lottery officials say they believe 98 percent of retail outlets and store clerks are honest, and that it is a small percentage are attempting to trick customers into turning over winning tickets.
Retail store owners and clerks are hitting lottery jackpots too often, spurring states to crack down on a variety of scams that cheat rule-abiding players

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