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Serbian lottery chief resigns amid drawing scandal

Jul 31, 2015, 8:02 am

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The head of Serbia's national lottery has resigned after a television graphic during this week's draw appeared to predict a winning number.

The incident triggered outrage and dominated front-pages in the Balkan country, where Serbs had hoped the lottery was above the corruption that permeates much of national life.

Police said they have questioned six people during an investigation into whether the winning combination had been set up in advance.

The affair erupted when on the Tuesday evening live broadcast one of the numbers in the winning combination appeared on TV screens before it was actually drawn.

Many Serbs, including pensioners and the jobless for whom the lottery is their one hope of prosperity, watched aghast as the fourth of five balls drawn by the automatic lottery machine came out as 27, but appeared on the TV graphic as 21. The next ball drawn was 21.

The Serbian prime minister, Aleksandar Vucic, told a news conference: "If there was any criminal activity these people will answer to the law. The path to prison is very short."

The lottery company, which is state-run, said the draw would stand, blaming a technical error caused by the person who filled out the television graphic. One lottery executive said it was "pure coincidence" that the graphic would mistakenly call the No 21 ball, only for it then to emerge as the next number.

State Lottery Serbia, which has long been run by political appointees, said in a statement that director Aleksandar Vulovic had resigned "on moral grounds", but that he maintained the draw was completely regular.

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itpmguru's avatar - 42a4d4d8f2a4312fb8e253dd8f6ef251
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North Carolina ALWAYS knows what is going to come out so they can minimize their payouts.  Wish someone would look into their "Pre-draw" and what they consider a "Live" draws scheme as it is not live, but taped (no one touches the machines or balls).

Read up on the scam that is NCEL:   Not Live Drawings!


                                     


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    Ot sure what to think... It is possible that the popcorn ball drawings can be rigged.  But knowing keying errors can occur with a 10 key pad being reverse of a phone keypad. One and  seven being in reverse positions.... Could be an innocent keying error....


      Germany
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      Maybe they mixed up different feeds?

      On the plus side this gives Serbia incentive to join Eurojackpot or Euromillions.

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        Who knew Serbia has a lottery.

        Good to see that Vermont has lottery games tp play.

         

        Thinking of...

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          Hit With Stick Get rid of the political appointees. Hire civil servants. 

            Playing the Lottery is a world wide sensation. Good Luck players !!US Flag

           "We are all in this together!" 

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            Boy, that magic act went horribly wrong.

            They need to get with our magicians here for a few good pointers on how to conceal the combo caper better.

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              All l am going to say is if there was a crack in that container housing the ping pong balls- that presenter would have dived for cover. That's what I call a "Real Spin".

               * Voice of Reason *   

               

              People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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                Did I actually read that right?  They knew what ball was being drawn before it came up, imagine that.  It isn't conspiracy theory anymore, it is now Conspiracy fact.

                Edit: Just to add, that now makes me wonder about the Power ball and Mega millions drawings.

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                  Did I actually read that right?  They knew what ball was being drawn before it came up, imagine that.  It isn't conspiracy theory anymore, it is now Conspiracy fact.

                  Edit: Just to add, that now makes me wonder about the Power ball and Mega millions drawings.

                  Given the speed of those balls, the collision etc- l personally find it hard to believe it was " rigged". That's just my 0.02 cents.

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                    What they wouldn't give for a Computer Picked Drawing right about now, aye?

                    No Balls!!!

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                      What they wouldn't give for a Computer Picked Drawing right about now, aye?

                      No Balls!!!

                      Right...

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                      People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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                        Given the speed of those balls, the collision etc- l personally find it hard to believe it was " rigged". That's just my 0.02 cents.

                        I'm not surprised you would say that, I suppose that illegal immigrant that committed a crime in san fransicso is hard to believe too, huh?

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                           I like the statement about the path to prison is very short. 

                          Green laugh

                          Integrity: There is just no substitute.

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                            I'm not surprised you would say that, I suppose that illegal immigrant that committed a crime in san fransicso is hard to believe too, huh?

                            Nothing surprises me about your idiocy or asinine posts in general . What on earth has an illegal immigrant committing a crime in San Francisco got to do with the lottery?  One is a Crime, the other a Game, can you tell the difference?

                            True or False : There are NO illegal immigrants in the State of Wisconsin?

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                            People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.