- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - Employees of three Mesa County stores that sell and redeem lottery tickets have been accused of taking customers’ winning Colorado scratch lottery tickets, telling the customers they had not won and attempting to cash the winning tickets.

The Daily Sentinel of Grand Junction reports (https://bit.ly/1MzXd8D ) that four people have been accused in schemes that were discovered in a sting operation by the Colorado Department of revenue and the Colorado Lottery enforcement Division between Oct. 12 and Oct. 15.

All of the tickets used in the sting had winning amounts of at least $5,000.

The Colorado Lottery says it conducts between 300 and 600 sting investigations a year at stores that sell lottery tickets. It says more than 95 percent of the people targeted are found to be following the rules.

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Information from: The Daily Sentinel, https://www.gjsentinel.com


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