Question about stolen lottery tickets

Every once in a while, you hear about a robber who steals lottery tickets from a retailer. I would think that these would be easy to track down when somebody tried to cash them in. They would just have to put in the serial numbers of the stolen tickets in the system and be able to alert the clerks when somebody tries to cash them in. Is this not the case? If not, why can’t they do this? If this is the case, then why would somebody steal lottery tickets?

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