CA Lotto won’t payout for winning tickets purchased through online websites or apps

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CALIFORNIA – CA Lottery cautioned its 23,000 retail partners, June 18, that selling tickets to online lottery couriers is illegal. 

“Because these services are illegal, the California Lottery is prohibited from knowingly paying a prize on any ticket acquired through a digital service, and no retailer bonuses would be paid if the winning ticket was sold online,” said the news release.

According to Lottery Post, the primary reason for the lottery’s strict position is to maintain control and oversight over ticket sales and to protect consumers from potential fraud or mishandling of their purchases. 

The directive says that any retail partner knowingly engaging in ticket sales to online lottery couriers, their employees, agents, and/or contractors may be subject to the termination of their retailer contract.

 “We are thankful for the support of our retail partners in helping our customers play safely, rather than exchanging money with a third-party, unregulated business. Any California Lottery player who buys their games through an online courier is not eligible to win,” said CA Lottery spokesperson Carolyn Becker.

To see the location of all 23,000+ California Lottery retail partner locations, click here.

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