The California Lottery has a warning for players buying scratch-off tickets. They say you should check to see if the ticket has been tampered with. Stores may scratch out a tiny code at the bottom ticket and then enter that code into a lottery computer to determine if the ticket is a winner. This video explains how to check - better to be safe than sorry!
This CBS video found that sometimes a lottery pays out in order to keep the image of their organisation favourable. Two undercover California Lottery investigators talk about how a lottery paid out a $1.9 million Powerball jackpot when the ticket wasn't handed in.
It was a social experiment with an interesting ending. ABC set up some hidden cameras in a lottery store, hired a few actors, then filmed the results as the store clerk 'cheated' a customer out of their winnings. Take a look to see what happened.
The scammer claimed to be Wisconsin lottery $768 million winner Manuel Franco (inset), who offered a Portage woman $100,000. Shirley Hall (above) runs an animal rescue in Portage and was in need of funding for her operation. How she narrowly escaped the scam makes an interesting tale. VIDEO: News 3 Now