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PLAYERS: To report complaints against Lottery retailers, please contact Lottery Security & Law Enforcement toll-free at 800-LOTTERY (800-568-8379).

ALLIED LAW ENFORCEMENT: To communicate with the Lottery regarding criminal activity involving Lottery products, please call (916) 822-8282 M-F 8am-5pm PT. During non-business hours please call (916) 822-8000.

FAQs

I received a letter that appears to be fraudulent, what should I do?

Many players have received letters (or emails) using the California Lottery, SuperLotto Plus or MEGA Millions name and logo, claiming they have won a lottery prize. THIS IS A SCAM! They are attempting to gain access to your personal information, such as Social Security Number or bank account numbers and attempting to steal your money.

If you receive a letter claiming that you have won a lottery prize and the letter asks you to contact a listed representative to find out how to claim your winnings, please do not respond to the letter. Instead, please contact our Security & Law Enforcement toll-free at 800-LOTTERY (800-568-8379) as soon as possible. A Lottery representative will ask you for any names, company name, phone numbers and addresses listed on the letter. The Lottery tracks this information and works in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies to help identify these criminals.

What can I do if I want to file a complaint about a Lottery retailer?

Contact Lottery’s Security & Law Enforcement toll-free at 800-LOTTERY (800-568-8379) and provide staff with the following information:

  • Name of retailer, retailer ID number, and/or address of retailer.
  • Date/Time of incident
  • Description of incident

Staff will open a security incident report and depending upon the situation, notify other appropriate Lottery staff to take further action.

What can I do if my ticket is lost or stolen?

If you lose a draw game ticket, contact our Security & Law Enforcement toll-free at 800-LOTTERY (800-568-8379) as soon after the occurrence as possible. Remember, the sooner you report your ticket lost or stolen, the better staff will be able to assist you. Please be able to provide as much detail about your ticket as possible including:

  • The retailer you purchased and/or redeemed your ticket at (name, retailer ID number, and/or address)
  • The date and time you purchased/redeemed your ticket
  • The date/time your ticket was lost/stolen (if known)
  • The amount of your ticket (if known)

If your ticket information can be located and it is determined that your ticket is a winner, staff will place your ticket on a security hold and mail you the appropriate paperwork.

Unfortunately, lost Scratchers tickets cannot be relocated.

What can I do to make sure I was paid correctly for my Lottery ticket?

If you ever feel you were not paid correctly for your Lottery ticket(s), you can contact our Security & Law Enforcement toll-free at 800-LOTTERY (800-568-8379) and speak to a representative. Please be able to provide the following information:

  • The retailer you redeemed your ticket(s) at (name, retailer ID number, and/or address)
  • The date and time of incident
  • Ticket information
  • The amount you were paid for your ticket(s)


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Help Us Solve a Crime

Security & Law Enforcement requests your assistance with identifying any of the suspects shown in these videos or bulletins.

Anyone knowing the identity of these suspects is encouraged to report their information to Security & Law Enforcement toll-free at 800-LOTTERY (800-568-8379) or at (916) 822-8282. Your identity can remain confidential.

Nighttime Burglary Suspect Case No 12 2234

Wanted - Nighttime Burglary Suspect. Occurred at the A-One 76 Gas Station located at 376 Lewelling Bl. In San Leandro Ca. Occurred on November 6, 2012. Any information as to the identity to this suspect, please contact 1-800-8282, or 1-800-LOTTERY. Investigator Denis Maffei. Case No. 12-2234

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Wanted- Suspect, Stolen Lottery Tickets - Los Angeles

On 07-19-14, suspect forced entry into the West L.A. Car Wash, 11350 W. Olympic Blvd., in the city of Los Angeles and took over 100 CA Lottery Scratchers Tickets. Any information on the identity of the suspect, please contact 916-822-8282 or 1-800-LOTTERY.


Wanted- Burglary Suspect, various Los Angeles County stores

Occurred between April 13-27, 2014 at multiple Lottery Retailers in Los Angeles County. Any information on the identity of the suspect, please contact 916-822-8282 or 1-800-LOTTERY.


Wanted - Robbery Suspect, Cora's Market - Norwalk, CA

Cora's Market, 16109 Norwalk Blvd. Norwalk, CA. Occurred on January 16, 2014. Any information as to the identity of the suspect, please contact 916-822-8282, or 1-800-LOTTERY.


Wanted - Burglary Suspects: Smith Ranch Deli

Smith Ranch Deli, 101 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. Occurred on December 6, 2012. Any information as to the identity to this suspect, please contact 916-822-8282, or 1-800-LOTTERY.


Wanted - Burglary Suspect: Southside Mini Mart

Southside Mini Mart, 3110 Myers Street, Oroville. Occurred on July 25, 2012. Any information as to the identity to this suspect, please contact 916-822-8282, or 1-800-LOTTERY. Investigator Francesconi #102. Case No. 12-1516.


Wanted - Burglary Suspects: 7-Eleven Store

7-Eleven Store, Thornton Road, Stockton. Occurred on May 13, 2012. Any information as to the identity of these suspect, please contact 916-822-8282, or 1-800-LOTTERY. Investigator Webb. Case No. 12-997.


Wanted - Burglary Suspects: Exelent Food Store

Exelent Food Store, 221 E. “C” Street, Colton. Occurred on April 8, 2012. . Any information as to the identity to this suspect, please contact 1-800-8282, or 1-800-LOTTERY. Investigator Albert Lewis #109. Case No. 12-739.


Nighttime Burglary Suspect Case No 12 2234

Wanted - Nighttime Burglary Suspect. Occurred at the A-One 76 Gas Station located at 376 Lewelling Bl. In San Leandro Ca. Occurred on November 6, 2012. Any information as to the identity to this suspect, please contact 916-822-8282, or 1-800-LOTTERY. Investigator Denis Maffei. Case No. 12-2234


Wanted- Burglary Suspect- Easy Stop

Wanted- Burglary Suspect- Easy Stop, 3256 Foothill Blvd., Oroville. Occurred April 23,2012. Any information as to the identity of either suspect shown on this surveillance video, please contact 916-822-8282 or 1-800-LOTTERY. Investigator Elisa Webb #117. Case No. 12-858


Wanted- Armed Robbery Suspect- Gold Star Market

Armed Robbery Suspect- Gold Star Market, East 9th Street, Pittsburg. Occurred on November 20, 2012. Any information as to the identity of this suspect, please contact 916-822-8282 or 1-800-LOTTERY. Investigator Thomas Tom #103. Case No. 12-2339.


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