- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Lottery Bureau is cracking down on retailers who cash in by buying winning tickets from desperate players at a discount.

The move comes after auditors last year urged action on the illegal practice.

The Detroit News reports (https://bit.ly/1CiZWAg ) the lottery is creating a database of retailers who cash in $20,000 or more, or at least $600 in prizes 20 or more times in a calendar year. Officials hope to make it easier to track retailers.

Lottery players who owe back taxes or other debts don’t want the state to learn their identity. So the audit found they’re probably selling winning tickets back to retailers for less than what they’re worth.

The audit said 37 store owners turned in winning tickets worth nearly $3.6 million in 2012 and 2013.

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Information from: The Detroit News, https://detnews.com/

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