Atlantic Lottery Corporation cuts its workforce by nearly a tenth
Lottery lays off 61 employees due to COVID-19 and increasing demand for digital play
By Kate Northrop
As the coronavirus continues to linger in varying degrees around the world, the Atlantic Lottery Corporation is the latest lottery in the gaming industry to react. On Wednesday, the Canadian lottery laid off 61 employees, citing problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as a shift in digital demand for gambling.
The cut represents a little over 9% of the corporation's workforce b ...
Jun 25, 2020, 8:21 am - Lottery News forum
Canada lotteries changing biggest games to computerized drawings
Random number generators will be used for Lotto Max and Lotto 649 after May 14
Starting mid-May, players of Canada's two largest multi-province lottery games will no longer be able to rely on real lottery ball drawings to choose the winning numbers.
Instead, the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation will retire the lottery balls that generate the winning numbers for Lotto Max and Lotto 649 on May 14, moving to a computer program called a random number generator.
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Apr 24, 2019, 6:19 pm - Lottery News forum
Woman steals credit cards, buys winning lottery ticket, gets arrested
A 33-year-old Canadian woman hit it big in the lottery, but ended up on the losing end when the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary charged her with theft of a credit card used to purchase the winning ticket.
The woman was arrested when she tried to claim the winnings at Atlantic Lottery's office in St. John's. She now faces two counts of possessing a stolen credit card and five counts of fraud.
A store owner in Paradise confirmed the scratch ticket was purchased at his shop, but declined an i ...
Feb 1, 2019, 11:51 am - Lottery News forum
Class action over 'mesmerizing' video lottery terminals in Canada moves forward
An intriguing court case that alleges Crown-owned video lottery terminals are inherently deceptive and violate the Criminal Code has reached a critical milestone in Newfoundland and Labrador.
And the outcome of the case could have implications for VLT gaming across Canada.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal has cleared the way for a class-action lawsuit to go ahead, rejecting arguments for dismissal from the Atlantic Lottery Corp., which operates in all four Atlantic Provinces.
Dec 17, 2018, 9:42 am - Lottery News forum
Chase the Ace lottery dispute settled between aunt and nephew
A family dispute over a $1.2 million lottery prize won in July was settled Monday after a five-hour settlement conference.
In July, Barbara Reddick of Guysborough and her nephew, Tyrone MacInnis of Glace Bay were announced as the winners of the $1.2 million prize in the Chase the Ace lottery held in Margaree Forks.
Immediately following the presentation, Reddick served verbal notice to her nephew that she was taking him to court to claim the full prize. They each received $611,319.50.
Sep 17, 2018, 4:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Aunt threatens to sue nephew over lottery jackpot
Includes video report
A woman awarded half of a $1.2 million lottery prize in Nova Scotia says her nephew is dead to her after he took half of the prize money, and that she only wrote his name on the ticket for good luck. Meanwhile, at least one lawyer says she may have a case.
Barb Reddick and her nephew, Tyrone MacInnis, each received checks for $611,319.50 on Thursday after a $1,222,639 ticket with both their names on it was pulled Wednesday night at a Chase the Ace draw in Margaree, N. ...
Jul 14, 2018, 9:17 am - Lottery News forum
After fire destroys family home, couple wins $1M lottery prize
A man who has spent the last two years rebuilding his fire-ravaged home can finally finish the project after winning a $1 million lottery jackpot.
Bill Pendergast has spent the last two years rebuilding his home, which burnt down when a wildfire raged through Fort McMurray, Alberta. Now, he is $1 million richer and able to finish restoring his family home thanks to the Atlantic Lottery.
Pendergast, 50, bought the $3 Lotto 6/49 ticket earlier this month when he stopped at the local convenie ...
Feb 15, 2018, 10:01 am - Lottery News forum
Canadian lightning strike survivor wins lottery
Defies odds of 1 in 2.6 trillion of both events happening to one person
Lucky would be an understatement to describe one man in Canada.
Peter McCathie survived being hit by lightning when he was a teenager and now he's won the lottery both events combined come to about a 1 in 2.6 trillion chance.
McCathie is splitting the $1 million Lotto 6/49 prize with co-worker Diana Miller, the Atlantic Lottery told ABC News today.
He's getting an additional $10,000 since he owns the Amherst Shor ...
Jul 23, 2015, 12:01 pm - Lottery News forum
Lotteries hit record profits last year
Lottery sales are strong, but there are points of weakness
By Todd Northrop
Government-sponsored lotteries are continuing their broad expansion as income-producing entities, as many lotteries reported record profits in the last fiscal year.
Reports of record profits from the lotteries come despite continuing high unemployment and an economy that has been flat or downward-trending for the past two years.
Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich says he believes the lottery does well in a bad econo ...
Jul 25, 2011, 1:19 pm - Lottery News forum
Canadian woman who gave away lotto winnings dies
A central Nova Scotia woman known for donating nearly all of a huge lotto jackpot died last weekend.
Violet Large, who suffered from cancer, died Saturday morning at a hospital in Lower Truro, according to an online obituary posted by a funeral home. She was 79.
Large and her husband of 37 years, Allen Large, cashed in a winning Lotto 649 ticket last summer and collected $11.2 million. They went on to give most of it away to relatives, friends, charities, hospitals, schools, churches and f ...
Jul 19, 2011, 8:02 am - Lottery News forum