The Pennsylvania Lottery doesn’t investigate high-frequency winners because of loopholes, according to an audit.


The Pennsylvania Lottery doesn’t investigate high-frequency winners because of loopholes, according to an audit.

According to the Pennsylvania Auditor General, loopholes mean that the Pennsylvania Lottery is not investigating high-frequency winners who may be involved in illegal activity.

“We discovered the lottery has security measures designed to prevent illegal or fraudulent activities from retailers selling lottery products, but not from anyone else who plays the lottery,” Auditor General Timothy DeFoors said Monday as he announced the results of the lottery’s performance audit.

“This has nothing to do with lottery products,” says the narrator.

They are absolutely safe.

We’re discussing whether the person claiming the winning prize is doing something they shouldn’t be.”

According to DeFoor, the lottery collects information from retailers and has data on winners, but does not use the information to analyze winning patterns.

Officials are concerned that the high-frequency winners are engaged in illegal activity.

DeFoor used the example of a lottery winner who may owe back taxes or child support.

Lottery winners must pay taxes on winnings of (dollar)600 or more, according to DeFoor, and the winnings could be used to pay the arrears.

Instead, a lottery winner could persuade someone else to claim the ticket, and the two of them would split the prize money.

From July 1, 2017 to March 2, 2020, the Auditor General’s office looked at 17 winners who each had more than 50 wins totaling more than (dollar)600.

The winners filed 1,344 claims totaling nearly (dollar)2.7 million over a nearly three-year period, according to DeFoor.

“These players are easy to recognize,” he said.

One of the 17 winners was the lottery retailer’s wife.

During that time, DeFoor said, the spouse filed 88 winning claims, while the retailer filed 42 winning claims.

Employees of the Pennsylvania Lottery and their immediate families are not permitted to participate in lottery games, but retailers, their families, and employees aged 18 and up are permitted to participate in all Pennsylvania Lottery games.

Retailers’ winning claims are examined under the current lottery system, but their spouses’ claims are not.

“We recommend the General Assembly close this loophole,” DeFoor said.

Auditors used data from the Pennsylvania Lottery, but lottery officials told the auditor general that they don’t have the authority to investigate winners.

“We suggest…

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