Millions in Atlantic Lottery winnings under police investigation
Police will examine millions of dollars worth of questionable winnings by lottery retailers after an independent investigation revealed gaping holes in how the Atlantic Lottery Corp. protects its customers from dishonest sellers.
In the latest blow to Canada's embattled lottery business, a forensic accounting team found what the Crown-owned agency described as unethical and suspicious dealings between some retailers and purchasers in Atlantic Canada.
Larry Doherty, a vice-president at ...
May 14, 2007, 6:49 am - Lottery News forum
B.C. Lottery shuts down retailer as probe continues
Details not released but latest closure is fifth this year
The British Columbia Lottery Corp. has yanked its ticketing terminals from a North Shore kiosk the fifth such shutdown this year, the company says.
The move came amid an investigation by B.C. ombudsman Kim Carter of how fairly the provincial lottery system is being run. Her findings are expected to be released next month.
As controversy rages nationwide on the suspiciously high number of ticket sellers collecting on winning ti ...
Apr 20, 2007, 8:40 am - Lottery News forum
Ontario Lottery security chief steps down; investigation underway
A vice-president of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation is taking a paid leave of absence while Toronto police try to determine if he was in a conflict of interest by working at the lottery and the OPP at the same time.
The leave takes effect immediately, the lottery corporation announced Thursday.
Michael Sharland, a former Ontario Provincial Police superintendent, was working double-duty for the past three years as the lottery corporation's vice-president of corporate security and ...
Apr 6, 2007, 6:42 pm - Lottery News forum
Did thousands of B.C. Lottery players throw away winning tickets?
Thousands of disappointed B.C. lottery players were confronted by full-page newspaper ads yesterday suggesting they may have been robbed of past winnings.
While discovering they didn't win Wednesday's $38 million Lotto 6/49 jackpot, they also learned they could have held winning tickets for lotteries between Feb. 8 and March 30 and been told they were not winners.
A consumer advisory said a software update to the Internet Number Checker inadvertently prevented draw results from being prese ...
Apr 6, 2007, 12:35 pm - Lottery News forum
Ontario Lottery players don't know who to trust
With widespread corruption or at least permissiveness of corruption coming to light in Ontario, lottery players don't know who to turn to when there is a problem.
Take, for instance, the case of a player who realized his lottery ticket was mis-printed.
Thomas Hong always does what the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. asks him to do check your tickets.
And that's what he did on the recent March 16 Super 7 draw, but there was one hitch, he was missing four bonus lines on one ticket ...
Mar 30, 2007, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum
Ontario lottery players launch $1.1 billion lawsuit
Lawyers for a Toronto man launched a $1.1 billion class-action lawsuit against Ontario's troubled lottery corporation Wednesday, as the fallout from an investigation into widespread corruption widened.
The suit, filed on behalf of all those who purchased lottery tickets since 1975, proposes a free lottery as a settlement solution.
The government is responsible for ensuring that [its lottery] is fair, honest and equitable and it would appear that their systems that they have in place haven ...
Mar 28, 2007, 11:56 pm - Lottery News forum
Ontario Lottery to undergo criminal investigation
The Ontario government called police yesterday after the province's ombud accused unscrupulous lottery-ticket retailers of collecting tens of millions of dollars in dishonest'' winnings and the responsible Crown agency of letting them get away with it.
Public Infrastructure Minister David Caplan asked police to look into Andre Marin's report probing a disproportionate number of jackpot wins by so-called lottery insiders a report that amounted to a searing indictment of the Ontario Lotter ...
Mar 27, 2007, 8:18 am - Lottery News forum
Ontario Lottery Corp. ignored claims of corruption
Scandal runs deep and wide; shoddy paperwork and turning a blind eye helped permeate corruption
Ontario retail store owners and their families claimed about $100 million in lottery wins between 1999 and 2006, including tens of millions of fraudulent claims ignored by the public lottery corporation, the provincial ombudsman said yesterday.
In a scathing report, Andre Marin said the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation is more fixated on profits than the integrity of its lottery games and ...
Mar 27, 2007, 7:44 am - Lottery News forum
Ontario Lottery chief fired
The head of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation was dismissed from the scandal-plagued organization on Friday, according to CBC News.
CEO Duncan Brown was escorted out of the lottery corporation's offices in Toronto, two sources told the CBC, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Repeated calls to officials at the lottery corporation went unanswered Friday.
The dismissal follows allegations that several lottery clerks stole winning tickets from unsuspecting customers and cashed in ...
Mar 24, 2007, 6:12 am - Lottery News forum
Ontario Lottery nixes Bingo scratch tickets
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation has hired outside auditors and is working with the printer, as it investigates a complaint that winning cards on two editions of a Super Bingo game could be identified without scratching them, a spokesperson has confirmed.
In the meantime, the corporation has recalled more than one million of the scratch-and-win games and will destroy them, according to OLGC spokesperson Don Pister, who noted 19.5 million game cards had been printed. They were dis ...
Mar 22, 2007, 9:15 am - Lottery News forum