California Lottery cautions against using third-party apps and websites to purchase tickets online – CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Looking to have a lottery ticket delivered to your door? The California State Lottery says there is no enforcement for this, at least not in the Golden State.

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California Lottery officials on Monday cautioned players and retailers against the use of app-based and online lottery ticket resellers and courier delivery services.

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“It has come to our attention that some of our business partners have worked with lottery courier companies and that they, along with California Lottery players, may not even be aware of the potential vulnerabilities to which they could be. exposed, “Alva V. Johnson, director of the California State Lottery, said in a statement. “The California Lottery is not affiliated with any third party ticket delivery service. Players who choose to engage with them do so at their own risk.

Lottery officials have not identified any sites or apps that sell lottery tickets online. However, there is at least one app that allows users to play lotteries in up to 10 states that recently secured another round of investor funding, and another site that allows players to purchase tickets from. lottery on any device without the need to download or drop an app. . Lottery tickets can be purchased online in nine states and Washington DC

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California online ticket ordering services are not licensed to operate in the state, so none of them have been vetted, approved, or regulated by the California Lottery. Officials say they are also advising its approximately 23,000 retailers of the “potential ramifications of engaging with ticket courier companies.”