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Chinese Man Hacks Lottery System, Gets Life in Prison

InternationalInternational: Chinese Man Hacks Lottery System, Gets Life in Prison

Note to self: Next visit to China, don't try rigging the lottery.

A Chinese lottery ticket seller has been jailed for life for fraud for taking advantage of a system flaw to cash 28 million yuan ($3.76 million) in tickets illegally, state media said Tuesday.

Zhao Liqun discovered the flaw in the Welfare Lottery "3D" system in 2005 that let a person buy tickets with the right numbers within five minutes of their being announced, sources at the Intermediate People's Court in Anshan, northeastern Heilongjiang province, said.

Zhao, 36, who ran three lottery stalls in Anshan, "bought" the announced numbers many times over.

"He asked his neighbors and friends to cash the tickets at the Welfare Lottery Center and to bring back the money," Xinhua quoted the court sources as saying.

The lottery center found the prizes were illegally claimed and police arrested Zhao in January.

The court jailed him for life for fraud and confiscated all his property.

No word on whether or not his neighbors and friends were arrested as accomplices, but we're betting dollars to yuan they're not getting off scott free.

China man.

Reuters

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RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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Posted: November 8, 2007, 2:47 pm - IP Logged

He was lucky, I thought the penalty for fraud in China was death.

* you don't need more tickets, just the right ticket * 
* your best chance at winning a lottery jackpot is to buy a ticket * 
"I will magically reveal the winning numbers after the drawing"
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    Posted: November 8, 2007, 3:36 pm - IP Logged

    He was lucky, I thought the penalty for fraud in China was death.

    He will probably end up committing suicide.The Chinese believe that if you dishonor yourself you are supposed to kill yourself.

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      Posted: November 8, 2007, 4:14 pm - IP Logged

      QUICK!  Somebody get Bond, James Bond.  We have a misson for him.  He has to go to China and bring that guy here to fight our corrupt computerized lottery czars and get me a lot of cash!

       

       (Before anyone goes into shock, just a joke)

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        Posted: November 8, 2007, 4:33 pm - IP Logged

        I'm surprised there would be such a flaw.  I know that I get locked out of the games in FL about 15 or 30 minutes before the actual drawing because, if I go to a terminal during that short period, the tickets will print for the next draw.  

        (those people in the photo look awfully cold!)   

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          Posted: November 8, 2007, 4:44 pm - IP Logged

          You gotta have brass cajones to do this kind of thing in China.

          DeadThey check soon-to-be-dead prisoners for usable parts.

          He shoulda quit at $3 mil. Clown 

          In neo-conned Amerika, bank robs you.
          Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms should be the name of a convenience store, not a govnoment agency.

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            Posted: November 8, 2007, 4:59 pm - IP Logged

            He will probably end up committing suicide.The Chinese believe that if you dishonor yourself you are supposed to kill yourself.

            Actually, I think that's a Japanese thing, not Chinese.

             

            Check the State Lottery Report Card
            What grade did your lottery earn?

             

            Sign the Petition for True Lottery Drawings
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              Posted: November 8, 2007, 5:00 pm - IP Logged

              You gotta have brass cajones to do this kind of thing in China.

              DeadThey check soon-to-be-dead prisoners for usable parts.

              He shoulda quit at $3 mil. Clown 

              I agree!  That guy coulda been on easy street for life, if not for tremendous greed.

               

              Check the State Lottery Report Card
              What grade did your lottery earn?

               

              Sign the Petition for True Lottery Drawings
              Help eliminate computerized drawings!

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                Posted: November 8, 2007, 5:05 pm - IP Logged

                He got too greedy.  3 millions is alot of money in china.  Its like winning 20 million in the states.  I hope they also get his friends that helped him.

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                  Posted: November 8, 2007, 6:52 pm - IP Logged

                  Actually, I think that's a Japanese thing, not Chinese.

                  No,its Chinese.The Chinese minister of food committed suicide because he wasn't doing a good job.He let a lot of bad food get shipped out of country.Or so I read somewhere,recently.

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                    Posted: November 8, 2007, 7:09 pm - IP Logged

                    No,its Chinese.The Chinese minister of food committed suicide because he wasn't doing a good job.He let a lot of bad food get shipped out of country.Or so I read somewhere,recently.

                    Zheng Xiaoyu (former head of the State Food and Drug Administration) was sentenced to death in May (2007) for taking bribes to approve an antibiotic blamed for at least 10 deaths and other substandard medicines. He was executed in July.

                    In neo-conned Amerika, bank robs you.
                    Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms should be the name of a convenience store, not a govnoment agency.

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                      Posted: November 8, 2007, 7:15 pm - IP Logged

                      Zheng Xiaoyu (former head of the State Food and Drug Administration) was sentenced to death in May (2007) for taking bribes to approve an antibiotic blamed for at least 10 deaths and other substandard medicines. He was executed in July.

                      Well,either way he's dead and can't poison anyone else.

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                        Posted: November 8, 2007, 7:21 pm - IP Logged

                        Well,either way he's dead and can't poison anyone else.

                        Green laughOh, that is just so wrong.

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                          Posted: November 8, 2007, 7:35 pm - IP Logged

                          Green laughOh, that is just so wrong.

                          I'm a FIRM believer in the death penalty.If a person takes a bribe to turn a blind eye that results in ten deaths,then the buck stops with him.If Chinese law says he must die for his crime,I concur.

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                            Posted: November 8, 2007, 11:05 pm - IP Logged

                            He was lucky, I thought the penalty for fraud in China was death.

                            I would picked Death Penalty rather than life in Jail.   I heard Chinese prison were 10 times worse than American jails.