Feds seize $538K of bogus lottery tickets in Alexandria Bay

North Country

Pallets of seized lottery “pull-tab” tickets at
the Port of Alexandria Bay, N.Y.

ALEXANDRIA BAY, N.Y. (WWTI) — Someone in Alexandria Bay did not win the lottery.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) confirmed the seizure of 21 skids of pull tab lottery tickets at the Alexandria Bay Port of Entry. The tickets were seized on June 22 and had a domestic value of $538,736.

According to CBP, the tickets were discovered after officers inspected a commercial shipment invoiced as “bingo paper” with a country of origin listed as the U.S. A subsequent physical inspection of the shipment revealed pull-tab lottery tickets with the country of origin marked as the U.K.

“This seizure is just another example of CBP’s complex mission and the outstanding skills and knowledge of our employees,” said Alexandria Bay Assistant Port Director Wendy Ruttan. “Ensuring consumers are purchasing legitimate merchandise is a top priority in our strategic efforts in the trade environment.”

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