Tenn. Lottery audit: players spent $2 million on worthless tickets
Lottery responded too slowly; problem fixed 10 minutes after finding it
The Tennessee Lottery made a series of missteps and oversights after a software glitch began generating faulty winning numbers last year, and players bought about $2 million worth of unwinnable tickets before the error was found, according to a state audit.
The sweeping audit from state Comptroller John G. Morgan reviewed the entire episode between July 28 and Aug. 20, when a programming glitch caused no duplicate digi ...
Mar 19, 2008, 10:48 am - Lottery News forum
Calif. Lottery Director explains expensive party
Travel budget cut to offset event cost
The director of the California Lottery said she would cut her staff's conference travel budget to offset $50,000 in taxpayer money spent on a questionable employee-recognition party that was the focus of a state Senate hearing Tuesday.
Joan Borucki, who was appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and is up for confirmation in the Senate, testified during an informational hearing by the Governmental Organization Committee that she is in the process of ...
Feb 14, 2008, 5:12 pm - Lottery News forum
Calif. Lottery director's job doesn't depend on auditor's report
The California state Senate's decision on confirmation of Joan Borucki as director of the state lottery will be history by the time the state auditor completes its report on a questionable employee recognition celebration.
The Senate Rules Committee postponed Wednesday's scheduled hearing for a week while staff gathers information for any committee members who may have questions on the Nov. 8 lottery event, said Alicia Trost, a spokesman for Senate leader Don Perata, D-Oakland. Perata plans t ...
Jan 29, 2008, 11:36 pm - Lottery News forum
Ontario lottery to investigate 'suspicious' $24.5M win
The $24.5 million Lotto nbsp;6/49 win by workers at Powco Steel has been classified as a suspicious win by Ontario gaming officials after another potential winner came forward.
On Thursday, 27 employees of the Barrie company, which manufactures light stands and poles, spent the day at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. in Toronto hoping to collect their prize. But they left empty-handed so officials could conduct the standard checks.
Yesterday, another claim was made for the big prize. ...
Jan 19, 2008, 10:51 pm - Lottery News forum
Contractors steal $70,000 in lottery prize money
Computer system breached; technicians printed bogus tickets, investigators allege
D.C. officials were told last year that lax enforcement of security procedures made it possible for a handful of contract employees to steal tens of thousands of dollars in lottery tickets and prize money, according to records released this week in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed with the D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board.
An investigation conducted by Battelle Memorial I ...
Jan 9, 2008, 3:53 pm - Lottery News forum
Stolen lottery money returned to real winners
Four school board employees, allegedly cheated out of their winning lottery ticket by a retailer who claimed the prize money as his own, received a check for $5.7 million plus interest Wednesday from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.
The check came as Ontario Provincial Police announced they had charged Hafiz Malik, a 60-year-old former convenience store owner with theft and fraud following an investigation into insider wins at the OLG.
Police allege Malik, who was release ...
Dec 21, 2007, 12:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Retailer charged in lottery insider claim
Lottery retailer accused of stealing $5.7M lottery jackpot from small group
Police have charged a Toronto convenience store owner with fraud in connection with a $5.7 million 'insider' lottery prize win.
Hafiz Zulqarnain Malik, 60, of Mississauga, Ont., is charged with two counts of fraud over $5,000 and one count of theft over $5,000. He is to appear in court Wednesday.
The Ontario Provincial Police said the lottery ticket actually belonged to four Toronto residents, whom police refus ...
Dec 19, 2007, 1:12 pm - Lottery News forum
Canada police charge lottery 'winner' with fraud in ticket scam
Canadian police accused a Toronto-area man who claimed a C$5.7 million (US$5.7 million) prize in a national lottery of fraud, the first charges in a year-long probe of Ontario lottery-ticket retailers.
Hafiz Zulwarnain Malik, 60, of Mississauga, Ontario, was charged with two counts of fraud and one count of theft over C$5,000 after cashing the winning ticket in January 2005. Police say the ticket actually belonged to a group of four people from the Toronto area who were defrauded out of thei ...
Dec 19, 2007, 12:47 pm - Lottery News forum
Ontario police to announce charges in lottery insider investigation
Police refuse to elaborate
Insider lottery charges to be explained in Wed. press conference
The Ontario Provincial Police will announce Wednesday that they have laid a set of charges following investigations into insider lottery wins in Ontario.
The charges, which will be announced at a news conference, relate to a multi-million-dollar fraudulent lottery prize claim, said Inspector Dave Ross of corporate communications for the Ontario Provincial Police.
The charges come nine month ...
Dec 18, 2007, 9:25 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery bonuses stir lawmakers into action
The Georgia Lottery board's decision to hand out nearly $3 million in bonuses to employees this year has lawmakers vowing to put new controls on the corporation.
Senate Majority Whip Mitch Seabaugh (R-Sharpsburg) filed legislation Friday that would give lawmakers appointments to the Lottery Corp. board. Currently, the governor appoints the board. His bill, which will be considered during the 2008 session, also would mandate that all Lottery Corp. spending, including employee bonuses, be appro ...
Dec 14, 2007, 10:54 pm - Lottery News forum