Britain To Introduce Winning Lottery Ticket Alert

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Following a report that a lottery clerk attempted to scam a couple out of an £1 million winning lottery ticket, British lottery operator Camelot has announced that it will be installing an audible alert when a winning lottery ticket is being checked.

The measure is aimed at reducing fraud by store clerks who check in winning lottery tickets, only to tell the ticket's owner that it is a loser in order to cash in the ticket for themselves later.

A Camelot spokesman said that the system will be rolled out later this year and could be installed by October. “We’ve been developing a short ‘win’ sound that our terminals will make to let players know when their ticket is a winning one and we will be implementing this across our network of National Lottery terminals this autumn," the spokesman said.

Lottery players are also advised to sign the back of their tickets as soon as possible in order to prove ownership of the ticket.