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French lottery to pay up
Games company Francaise des Jeux said it would compensate a handful of people who mistakenly thought they had won the jackpot because of printing errors on a batch of black jack scratch cards.Eight people in the Lorraine region of eastern France will be awarded between 2,000 and 40,000 euros for having had their dreams of wealth raised and dashed.The company devised a way to calculate how much distress the players had suffered linked to the amount they thought they had won and how long they were ...
Dec 8, 2003, 4:31 am - Lottery News forum

Millions in lottery winnings unclaimed in Singapore
Millions of dollars in lottery prizes have gone unclaimed in Singapore by people who struck it rich but did not collect the prizes, it was reported on Thursday.So forgetful or careless are these players that a whopping 23 million Singapore dollars (US$13.3 million) went unclaimed between April and March, according to the daily newspaper Streats.A spokeswoman for Singapore Pools, which runs Toto, 4-D, Big Sweep and Score, said the amount was less than 1 per cent of the total annual price payout ...
Nov 28, 2003, 6:05 am - Lottery News forum

No share and share alike for fugitive lottery winner
A Spanish judge has ordered a six million euro (seven million dollars) lottery win be withheld after the winner disappeared with the winning ticket bought by a syndicate comprising himself and 19 former friends, judicial sources said.The unnamed fugitive bought the ticket for the ONCE state lottery in the Catalan town of Ripollet in northeastern Spain on Friday on the group's behalf with an agreement they would share any winnings.On realising his numbers had come up he disappeared without trace, ...
Nov 12, 2003, 4:26 am - Lottery News forum

Russia's First Lottery Bill Moves to Senate
The State Duma on Friday passed in the third reading a bill on lotteries that will be Russia's first attempt at federally regulating the industry if approved by the Federation Council and signed by the president.The proposed law regulates the lottery industry in Russia by specifying types and standards of lotteries, rules for organizing lotteries, the system for exercising control over the organization of lotteries, the liability of lottery operators and other measures.Lotteries are divided into ...
Oct 20, 2003, 4:02 am - Lottery News forum

Spain Breaks Up Sweepstakes Fraud Ring
Madrid police broke up a fraud ring that cheated hundreds of Americans and Canadians out of $35 million through scams such as a lottery simulating a Spanish Christmas sweepstakes, officials said Tuesday.A total of 103 people - mostly Nigerians - were arrested during raids in and around Madrid, police said.The ring allegedly swindled 500 people, mostly residents of the United States and Canada, this year through different methods, police spokesman Jose Maria Seara told national radio.Fifty people ...
Oct 15, 2003, 3:32 am - Lottery News forum

Judge raps FTC over lottery ticket case
An Ontario judge has sharply criticized the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for the way it has handled a case against a Canadian businessman who is alleged to have fraudulently sold thousands of lottery tickets across the border.Mr. Justice Arthur Gans of the Ontario Superior Court called the FTC's case against George Yemec a pittance and rapped the agency for spending months investigating Mr. Yemec to turn up allegations that don't come close to fraud. I must confess that I find this lack of a ...
Oct 13, 2003, 3:44 am - Lottery News forum

Online Lottery Glitch Leads to Cancelled Prizes
Online scratch-card outfit - tombola.com - has apologised after a software glitch at the weekend led to a large number of gamblers winning the jackpot.Those who took part in the online game couldn't believe their luck when they won up to 5,000 (US$8,050) just for taking part in the i:scratch game.But their euphoria was short-lived when they received an email telling them that the game was null and void.Said the email: I am writing to you in relation to your win on tombola.com over the week ...
Sep 17, 2003, 11:25 am - Lottery News forum

B.C. man wants 10-year-old lottery ticket tested for his prints
A Vancouver man wants the courts to help him learn whether his fingerprints are on a decade-old $10 million lottery ticket.Michael Ufnal claims he's the rightful owner of a winning lottery ticket he says was cashed in by a neighbor. But he lost the proof more than 10 years ago. In an affidavit filed in B.C. Supreme Court, Ufnal says that in May of 1992 he bought a lottery ticket at a convenience store and put it in his wallet. Then he lost the wallet.In the court documents, Ufnal claims he la ...
Sep 12, 2003, 9:49 pm - Lottery News forum

GTech signs contract extension with Danish lottery
GTech Corp. of West Greenwich, R.I., today announced that it has signed a two-year contract extension with Dansk Tipstjeneste A/S, the operator of the National Lottery in Denmark.GTech says the deal could be worth approximately $10 million.Under the terms of the contract extension, GTech will continue to provide Dansk Tipstjeneste with software support and terminal maintenance and repair through Aug. 31, 2005. GTech and Dansk Tipstjeneste have enjoyed a successful partnership over the past 14 ye ...
Sep 12, 2003, 3:44 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery syndicate robbed of winnings at celebration party
An Italian Lottery syndicate won and lost a fortune when members were robbed at gunpoint as they divided up their 30,000 (US$47,000) winnings.Five masked gunmen burst into the celebration party at a social club as the money was being handed out in envelopes and grabbed the cash before escaping in a waiting car.Syndicate organiser Vincenzo Paviglianiti, 43, said: We were just about to start handing out the money when five men burst in wearing masks. At first everyone laughed because they though ...
Aug 27, 2003, 6:36 am - Lottery News forum