We gets tons of people in our store every day playing lottery. They range from customers that have never played before and want to try their luck on a $1 ticket to those that are obsessed and often spend $300 or more a day trying to hit the big one.
One thing I notice, with new and seasoned lottery players, is that sometimes they will hand me a lottery ticket and ask if I can run it through the machine to see if it's a winner.
I don't advise people to do this, unless you fully trust the cashier.
Why? Because it's so easy for me to say 'No, sorry, it's not a winner.' and hand it back to you. By then, I'll have run it through the machine to cash it, but am handing it back to you now unusable because I already cashed it in. If I ever did this to people, I'm sure many of them would not notice.
Also, always know what amount your ticket is for. I get even more people coming in thinking they won $1 when they actually won $10.
One time I had a customer playing tickets right in front of me. He ran up to me all excited because he won $200. I cashed his ticket and saw that it wasn't $200, it was $2,000. I could have easily taken the extra $1,800 and ran, because this guy was expecting just $200.
I always warn my customers that they should never walk into a store not knowing what they won. And that it's too easy for cashiers to lie.
Luckily for my customers they have a trusted cashier like moi.
Have you ever done this? Just handed your ticket to someone you don't even know and trusted them to tell you what you've won?