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
Investigation to probe who wins B.C. Lottery prizes
Follows similar investigations of Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation and Atlantic Lottery Corporation
The British Columbia Lottery Corporation is welcoming an investigation by the provincial ombudsman into the number of insider wins and ticket-selling practices.
Trust is paramount, lottery corporation spokesman Paul Smith said. We think this is a good opportunity for third-party reassurance to the public.
B.C. Ombudsman Kim Carter announced the investigation yesterday, saying t ...
Dec 20, 2006, 12:16 pm - Lottery News forum
Oregon Lottery winner goes to jail
A White City woman accused of using a dead woman's credit card to buy an Oregon Lottery ticket that won a $1 million prize has been jailed for violating her probation on a methamphetamine possession charge.
Christina Goodenow, 39, was sentenced to six months in custody for violating her probation in a 2003 methamphetamine case.
Meanwhile, she remains in a dispute with authorities over the lottery proceeds.
Authorities say Goodenow spent about $11,000 using the card of the mother of a lo ...
Nov 18, 2006, 9:15 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. lottery ticket agent guilty in fraud case
Agent lied to customer about a winning ticket
A Sylva, North Carolina, woman pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Jackson County Superior Court in connection with lottery fraud.
Jodi Gibson, 23, was charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretenses and sentenced to a minimum of six months and a maximum of eight months in prison.
This is the first incident of its kind since the lottery's inception in March. Other attempts at fraud usually involved people trying to fool the system, ...
Nov 15, 2006, 11:09 am - Lottery News forum
Atlantic Lotto checking fraud complaints
Atlantic Lottery Corporation is investigating several complaints from customers who are worried they may have been defrauded of lottery winnings by retailers.
The customers are concerned they might have won big prizes, but weren't told by the retailers checking the tickets, who then went on to claim the prizes as their own. Atlantic Lotto said it received the complaints in the days following reports on the CBC about similar incidents in Ontario and the United States.
We did get a lot of c ...
Nov 14, 2006, 10:21 am - Lottery News forum
Defrauded lottery winner finally gets apology -- and money
More than five years after Bob Edmonds called the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation to complain that he may have been defrauded out of a winning Super 7 ticket, he has an apology and the right to speak freely.
But he still doesn't have the full $250,000 he originally won in the August 2001 draw.
The 82-year-old cancer survivor and resident of Coboconk, Ont., only ended up with a total of $202,000, after a lengthy legal proceeding against the lottery corporation.
The details of the ...
Oct 30, 2006, 5:51 am - Lottery News forum
N.J. police warn of lottery scams
Police are reminding residents to be wary of so-called international lottery scams in which large sums are promised but require recipients to send money before they can claim their prize.
Two Camden, New Jersey, residents were recently victims of this scam, police said.
One woman, an 84-year-old, sent a total of $25,000, money she got through cash advances on a credit card.
She reported the scam to police Sept. 29 after her prize money never arrived, said Camden Det. Zsakhiemcq James.
Oct 24, 2006, 8:48 am - Lottery News forum