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2 tickets to split $45.1M Lotto 6/49 jackpot
A ticket sold in northern Ontario and one sold in Qu bec will split the $45.1 million Lotto 6/49 jackpot, tied for the second-largest draw in Canada. Each winning ticket is worth $22,572,856, the provincial gambling agency, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. (OLGC), said in a release Thursday. The winning numbers were pulled Wednesday night. They are 10, 18, 22, 26, 34, 38 and bonus number 39. There were 17 second prizes, worth $220,055 each. Ontario players won seven of those, OLGC sai ...
Aug 8, 2008, 9:18 am - Lottery News forum

Two men arrested in Russia for running Western-style pyramid scheme
250,000 people defrauded of US$765 million Two men were arrested in Moscow, Russia, on Monday on charges of setting up a pyramid scheme that defrauded around 250,000 people of 18 billion rubles ($765 million), the Interior Ministry said. Two organizers of the criminal group have been detained Sokolov and Dzhasybaeva, who operated under the firms names Region-Center, Garant Invest, and Garant Kredit. They have been brought to Tatarstan [in the Volga area] for investigation proceedings, a m ...
Jun 10, 2008, 6:43 pm - Lottery News forum

Winning lottery ticket saved from shredder
An Australia man who unknowingly kept a winning lottery ticket worth $100,000 in a drawer for five years said he was close to putting it through the shredder. The anonymous winner got the shock of his life when he was told the old ticket had netted him first prize in a $2 million jackpot lottery draw, back in March 2001. The man said he had been planning to get rid of the unchecked tickets he had amassed during his 30 year lottery hobby. I've had a drawer full of unregistered lottery t ...
Mar 11, 2008, 2:18 pm - Lottery News forum

Man wins, then loses, then wins lottery
An Australian retiree won a $1.8 million lottery prize, then lost it, and then won it again Wednesday through a court ruling. Werner Reinhold bought the lottery ticket at a newsstand in Australia's largest city of Sydney on Sept. 19, 1995. His original ticket did not print correctly, so he asked for a new one, which turned out to be the winner. But when Reinhold, now 73, went back to claim the $1.8 million jackpot, he discovered that the replacement ticket had been canceled, not the mispri ...
Feb 1, 2008, 9:50 am - Lottery News forum

Student wins lottery, leaves school
A college student withdrew from school after winning the 5 million yuan ($683,000) jackpot in a lottery in China's eastern city of Nanjing, local media reported on Thursday. The second-year student at the Jiangsu Maritime Institute, identified by the nickname Yong to protect his identity, was the sole first-prize winner in the Double Color Ball issued by the China Welfare Lottery on Tuesday, the Beijing News said. After winning the lottery, Yong told his roommates that he would share 2 ...
Dec 30, 2007, 11:23 am - Lottery News forum

Head of Turkish state lottery shot dead
The head of the Turkish state lottery was shot dead in his office by a former lottery employee on Friday, the state-run Anatolian news agency said. Lottery employees confirmed general manager Ihya Balak had been shot dead around 9:30 am (0730 GMT). They said police had sealed off the building. Private broadcaster NTV said the attacker, a former inspector at the state lottery, had shot Balak four times and had been detained by the police. It said the attacker had been the subject of an i ...
Nov 16, 2007, 7:21 pm - Lottery News forum

Chinese Man Hacks Lottery System, Gets Life in Prison
Note to self: Next visit to China, don't try rigging the lottery. A Chinese lottery ticket seller has been jailed for life for fraud for taking advantage of a system flaw to cash 28 million yuan ($3.76 million) in tickets illegally, state media said Tuesday. Zhao Liqun discovered the flaw in the Welfare Lottery 3D system in 2005 that let a person buy tickets with the right numbers within five minutes of their being announced, sources at the Intermediate People's Court in Anshan, northea ...
Nov 8, 2007, 2:36 pm - Lottery News forum

Cat picks winning lottery numbers
As the old Chinese saying goes, Kindness often meets with good recompense. And a Shenzhen resident surnamed Wang has been deeply convinced of that. Wang, who adopted a homeless cat two months ago, bought a lottery ticket that won him a total of 3,271 yuan ($435). He has his cat to thank. Last week Wang brought his cat with him to buy a lottery ticket. As Wang was about to buy the ticket, the frisky feline jumped out of his arms and onto the computer keyboard, accidentally choosing Wan ...
Oct 12, 2007, 5:26 pm - Lottery News forum

Tattersall's loses lottery monopoly
In Australia, Tattersall's 54-year monopoly on Victoria's lotteries has been broken as the State Government seeks to make more money from the lucrative market. Under the new arrangement, Tattersall's will keep such lottery products as Oz Lotto, Powerball and the Saturday Lotto but lose the instant lotteries or scratchies part of the market to Greek company Intralot. The lottery license process has been plagued by controversy with accusations of improper action by lobbyists, including for ...
Oct 12, 2007, 5:06 pm - Lottery News forum

Study reveals online gambling led to *fewer* gambling problems
A report released by the British government's Gambling Commission today reveals that problem gambling has not increased over the last eight years, despite widespread speculation to the contrary. In fact, there may be fewer problems today than before gambling was legalized in Great Britain on the Internet. The British Gambling Prevalence Survey is a large-scale nationally representative survey of participation in gambling and the prevalence of problem gambling in Great Britain. The first B ...
Sep 19, 2007, 5:17 pm - Lottery News forum