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GTECH is in play in Brazil
Analysts don't think a political scandal will hurt the company's chances of continuing to run the country's lotteryA top Brazilian government official allegedly told two GTECH Holdings Corp. employees in 2003 that they could have a lottery contract extension.All they needed to do, said Waldomiro Diniz, the former deputy head of parliamentary affairs, was hire a consultant for between $4 million and about $6 million, according to Brazilian newspaper reports based on the employees' testimony.A lot ...
Mar 26, 2004, 9:15 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery winner tells of lost millions
A former ambulance driver in St. Albans who scooped 6m on the UK National Lottery lost his fortune after his new life turned into a nightmare.Tom Papworth, 46, moved to Spain after his 1995 win, but says he was taken in by conmen, swindled, framed, and jailed for cocaine possession.He told BBC's Newsnight programme this week that while he languished in jail for crimes he didn't commit, his new friends emptied his bank account and sold his plush apartment.Mr Papworth claims the man behind the ...
Mar 23, 2004, 4:43 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery winner wasn't sure he wanted $11 million
A German lottery winner who scooped a jackpot of more than 6 million (US$11 million) didn't claim it for ten weeks as he wasn't sure he wanted the money.The clerk from Dortmund, who wishes to remain anonymous, was the only player to tip the six correct numbers in the January 3 draw, entitling him to 6,360,000.However, nearly three months passed before the lucky winner presented himself to WestLotto with his winning ticket saying he had taken time out so he could think things over .The company ...
Mar 19, 2004, 4:38 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery fund attacked over grant to anti-deportation campaigners
MPs have launched a scathing attack on the UK national lottery distribution fund that supports charities and community groups after an inquiry into a grant made to an anti-deportation campaign.The 340,000 grant awarded to the National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns by the Community Fund in 2002 sparked a furious onslaught on the lottery cash distributor by the Daily Mail. An earlier 191,000 grant made to the NCADC in 1998 had passed unnoticed.The second grant also prompted interventio ...
Mar 2, 2004, 1:07 pm - Lottery News forum

GTECH says not linked to scandal in Brazil
A fired government aide met with executives from GTECH's Brazilian unit but was not involved in negotiations West Greenwich, Rhode Island-based GTECH Holdings Corp., the world's biggest supplier of online lottery systems, said yesterday a Brazilian government aide who was fired amid a probe of campaign finance allegations wasn't involved in extending the company's contract in the country.Waldomiro Diniz met with two executives from the company's Brazilian unit last year to discuss a contract dis ...
Feb 25, 2004, 4:33 am - Lottery News forum

Eight win lottery thanks to fortune cookies
Eight people in Brazil won the lottery after getting the numbers from fortune cookies.The Caixa Economica Federal Bank launched an investigation because they were all from the same region.Eight of the 15 people who won the lottery in the north-east of Brazil told investigators they got the numbers from fortune cookies.The bank found out that the numbers had appeared in fortune cookies sold by the same company to more than 50 restaurants in the north-eastern states of Brazil.The lucky numbers wer ...
Feb 24, 2004, 5:54 am - Lottery News forum

Scam sites offer bogus Hong Kong lottery tips
Websites in mainland China and Taiwan are offering to sell inside information on winning Hong Kong lottery numbers -- then vanishing before authorities can catch those behind them.The sites -- which require payments for the bogus tips -- turn up then disappear almost as soon as they're spotted, Hong Kong Jockey Club spokesman Wilson Cheng said Monday.The club is a nonprofit charity that runs Hong Kong's lottery, horse races and football betting.Hong Kong lottery officials claim there's no way ...
Feb 24, 2004, 5:53 am - Lottery News forum

Mayor finds long-forgotten lottery ticket was a winner
It took some help from her daughter for the mayor of Pemberton, British Columbia, a small town north of Vancouver, to find she had a lottery ticket worth $100,000 ($US75,000).Elinor Warner bought the Canucks scratch ticket in December and left it partially scratched in a drawer.The ticket was from a marketing campaign launched by the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League with the British Columbia Lottery Corporation last year. I didn't realize I hadn't scratched every part, Warner sai ...
Feb 17, 2004, 6:58 am - Lottery News forum

EuroMillions lottery launches; jackpots 'may top £50m'
A new European lottery with a possible jackpot of 50 million or more has been launched.EuroMillions will link the UK's National Lottery to equivalent games in France and Spain.The tickets will go on sale in the UK on Saturday February 7, priced 1.50, for the first draw on Friday February 13. Camelot, operator of the National Lottery, estimate the first jackpot will be 10 million, rising to an average of around 14 million. With rollovers, the big prize could reach 50 million or more, the com ...
Feb 5, 2004, 6:18 am - Lottery News forum

GTECH Named Apparent Winning Vendor for Mexico Lottery Contract
GTECH Holdings Corporation announced Tuesday that its wholly-owned subsidiary, GTECH Corporation, has been selected by Pronosticos para la Asistencia Publica (Pronosticos) as the apparent successful vendor to provide equipment and services for a new online lottery system and associated telecommunications network in Mexico under a proposed six-year contract. This decision is the result of a competitive procurement.The Request for Proposal (RFP) calls for the replacement of Pronosticos' existing ...
Feb 4, 2004, 5:41 am - Lottery News forum