- Associated Press - Monday, October 12, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County prosecutors are warning California Lottery players to beware of a scam in which merchants are cashing in on their unsuspecting customers’ winning scratch-off tickets.

The District Attorney’s office says some vendors scratch out a tiny code at the bottom of a ticket and then enter that into a lottery computer to determine if the ticket is a winner. The merchant then cashes in the winning tickets and leaves their customers with the losing ones.

The Los Angeles Daily News said Sunday (https://bit.ly/1G93WXh ) that players can guard against the scam by examining the ticket for areas that have already been scratched.

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Information from: (Los Angeles) Daily News, https://www.dailynews.com

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