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
Illegal deals of Minn. Lottery revealed in court documents
Authorities investigating former Minnesota lottery director George Andersen suspected he was involved in bribery, conspiracy and conflicts of interest, court documents show.Search warrants unsealed Friday lay out the still-open criminal investigation into Andersen's dealings with Media Rare, a public relations firm that had no-bid contracts with the lottery. The warrants are the first public indication that investigators thought Andersen's dealings might have amounted to more than mismanagement. ...
Dec 5, 2005, 9:45 am - Lottery News forum
Pair will testify against former Hoosier Lottery official
Two men linked to a scandal at the Hoosier Lottery have agreed to testify against a former security officer accused of rigging a $1 million scratch-off game.According to the terms of guilty-plea agreements filed Tuesday in Marion Superior Court, Chad R. Adkins and Daniel J. Foltz will admit to theft and testify against William C. Foreman, the former lottery official charged with telling them where to buy a winning ticket. This type of insider trading could devastate the public's confidence in th ...
Jun 1, 2005, 9:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Questions surround replacement of Mexico lottery director
The director of Mexico's National Lottery, Laura Valdes, was replaced Tuesday amid accusations that the agency may have favored some private charities, rather than passing money through normal governmental channels.Valdes will be replaced by Tomas Ruiz Gonzalez, a congressman for the former ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party who also once served as Mexico's assistant treasury secretary.President Vicente Fox thanked Valdes for her work at the lottery, but did not specify why she was being r ...
Jul 14, 2004, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Governor denies shifty practices
The Illinois Lottery has shifted advertising from 15 billboards throughout the state to a single billboard in Chicago that is seen by about half as many people but is owned by one of Gov. Rod Blagojevich's major campaign contributors.The Lottery will begin advertising in July on the TriVision, a digital billboard alongside the Kennedy Expressway near North Avenue. The agency will pay $82,000 a month to display a sequence of three Lottery pitches on the billboard, which is seen by an estimated 42 ...
May 24, 2004, 8:33 am - Lottery News forum
Minnesota Senate wants lottery examined
After soundly rejecting a call to abolish the state lottery, Minnesota senators voted unanimously Monday night to study ways to change its management and business practices.The bill comes on the heels of a legislative audit that was critical of promotions and vending contracts by the lottery. During that review, the lottery's director, George Andersen, committed suicide.The bill sets up a task force that will report to the 2005 Legislature on whether the lottery should be run by a state agency, ...
Apr 13, 2004, 5:12 am - Lottery News forum
Colorado lottery bill would tighten ethics rules
One of the Colorado state Senate's most powerful members unveiled legislation designed to prdvent conflicts of interest at the Colorado Lottery.The legislation was created in concert with an ethics overhaul already underway at the Lottery and as the Arapahoe County district attorney is deciding whether to file criminal charges based on a recently concluded probe of the Lottery by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.The legislation, in part, would bar Lottery officials from taking jobs with agen ...
Mar 23, 2004, 4:24 am - Lottery News forum
Colorado Lottery violations detailed in report
Report cites gift-taking, coziness with vendors for 4 yearsThe Colorado Bureau of Investigation has sent the Arapahoe County district attorney a report that details widespread gift-taking and policy violations in the offices of the Colorado Lottery.The report focuses largely on the last four years of the tenure of former Lottery head Mark Zamarripa, alleging that he presided over a culture of coziness with vendors, according to sources familiar with the report.Department of Revenue chief M. Mich ...
Mar 10, 2004, 4:16 am - Lottery News forum