I heard about this a bit ago. I used to join in these work lottery pool things, but what the organizer did was gather money, get the ticket or tickets and then make photocopies of the tickets and give to everyone involved.
At least then you would have some proof you were involved.
Did they use a Toshiba copier?
If she had a ticket she probably gave it to her man to hold.
Now its probably gone.
Every ticket is time stamped.
They know exactly where and when it was bought.
The lottery normally will request and keep the video footage of when it was bought.
Nor sure if this is nation wide or just a NY thing.