Fraud Alerts/PSAs

October 9, 2015: Lotto Scratcher Scam Can Rub Consumers the Wrong Way

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Customers hoping to scratch it rich with lottery tickets may have even lower odds of winning because of a few unscrupulous merchants.

The Lotto Scratcher scam occurs when a tiny code at the bottom of a scratchers ticket is partially exposed, known as “pinning.”

The vendor enters the code into a lottery computer to determine if the ticket is a winner.

The merchant cashes in the winning tickets and sells the losers to the public.


  • Examine the ticket for any areas that have already been scratched
  • Make sure there are no numbers showing at the bottom of the ticket

If you suspect you have been sold a tampered lottery ticket, call 1-800-LOTTERY.

For tips on how to protect yourself against the Lotto Scratcher scam, watch this California Lottery video:

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