- Associated Press - Sunday, November 23, 2014

Palm Beach, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Lottery knew since at least 2009 that some retailers illegally cashed in tickets and at times lied about it. But top officials appear to have done little to address the issue until this year.

The Palm Beach Post Reports Sunday (https://bit.ly/1C2quGw ) that the agency has caught at least ten clerks in the last five years for illegally cashing tickets for their customers. But these clerks were punished only with 30-day suspensions of lottery sales or not at all. The response changed in March, when the Post revealed the process of the schemes to illegally cash tickets. Customers sometimes sell their lottery tickets to avoid paying taxes, child support or other debts. The act is a misdemeanor.

Since then, the lottery has stopped sales at 30 stores across Florida.

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