2 more execs fall victim to Ontario Lottery scandal
VP fired, another shuffled out of job
One senior executive was fired and another reassigned yesterday as the fallout from a scandal involving allegations of fraud and suspicious insider wins at the provincial lottery corporation widened.
Michelle DiEmanuele, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation's interim chief executive, announced the changes yesterday afternoon in a memo to staff.
Vice-president Ingrid Peters was fired after eight years with the company. She earned more than $267,000 ...
Jun 13, 2007, 8:36 am - Lottery News forum
8-time B.C. Lottery winner has history of fraud
A Kamloops store clerk who won the lottery eight times over the past five years was convicted of fraud in 2001.
On May 30, after a scathing report from the B.C. ombudsman on possible retailer fraud, the B.C. Lottery Corp. released the names of 24 retailers known to have won multiple prizes over the past seven years.
Court records obtained by The Vancouver Sun show that one of those retailers Kulvinder Kaur Bains, 43, an employee at the Halston Market in Kamloops pleaded guilty in Augus ...
Jun 12, 2007, 9:29 am - Lottery News forum
West Virgina Lottery's help line under scrutiny
Director seeks probe of allegations by outgoing official over problem-gambler program
The director of the West Virginia Lottery asked for an investigation Tuesday of allegations over the Lottery's handling of the state's Problem Gambler Help Network.
Lottery Director John Musgrave asked for the investigation by the Legislative Auditor after the head of First Choice Health Systems of Charleston criticized a new contract that will give the Lottery more oversight over the 7-year-old help-line ...
Jun 8, 2007, 8:06 am - Lottery News forum
Yukon lotteries go under microscope
Lottery operations in the Yukon are currently under review, in the wake of similar probes in other Canadian provinces, but Yukon lottery officials foresee no problems.
The Western Lottery Corp. has hired Ernst Young to audit its operations, which include those in the Western provinces and the Yukon. A final report is expected by late September.
The audit will examine, in part, how many lottery retailers are winning at games for which they sell the tickets something Yukon Lottery Commis ...
Jun 4, 2007, 4:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Lucky B.C. lottery retailers also bankrupt
At least two people on list of retailers known to have won multiple prizes were experiencing financial problems
At least two B.C. retailers who won the lottery multiple times were so badly in debt around the time of their winnings they filed for bankruptcy.
On Wednesday, after a scathing report from the B.C. ombudsman on retailer fraud, the B.C. Lottery Corp. released the names of 24 retailers known to have won multiple prizes over the past seven years.
Bankruptcy records obtained by Th ...
Jun 1, 2007, 9:47 am - Lottery News forum
Winning retailers named by B.C. Lottery Corporation
The B.C. Lottery Corporation has gone public with the names of its lottery retailers who have won major prizes, following this week's scathing report by the B.C. ombudsman into lottery irregularities.
The report said lottery officials have failed to protect consumers from possible fraud by ticket retailers, citing examples of retailers winning thousands of dollars at a much higher rate than that of the public at large.
Some of the retailers being named by the corporation are speaking out, ...
Jun 1, 2007, 9:03 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery harder to win in Atlantic Canada
Lottery players are twice as likely to die in a car crash on the way to the store to get their tickets than to win the big jackpot, says the Toronto statistician who has crunched the numbers of the Ontario lottery.
Jeffrey Rosenthal said the odds in Atlantic Canada seem to be stacked even higher against ticket holders, in light of news that retailers have won 10 times more than statistically probable over a six-year period.
If you buy it and you are not careful, even if you do defy the od ...
May 14, 2007, 9:30 am - Lottery News forum
Millions in Atlantic Lottery winnings under police investigation
Police will examine millions of dollars worth of questionable winnings by lottery retailers after an independent investigation revealed gaping holes in how the Atlantic Lottery Corp. protects its customers from dishonest sellers.
In the latest blow to Canada's embattled lottery business, a forensic accounting team found what the Crown-owned agency described as unethical and suspicious dealings between some retailers and purchasers in Atlantic Canada.
Larry Doherty, a vice-president at ...
May 14, 2007, 6:49 am - Lottery News forum
B.C. Lottery shuts down retailer as probe continues
Details not released but latest closure is fifth this year
The British Columbia Lottery Corp. has yanked its ticketing terminals from a North Shore kiosk the fifth such shutdown this year, the company says.
The move came amid an investigation by B.C. ombudsman Kim Carter of how fairly the provincial lottery system is being run. Her findings are expected to be released next month.
As controversy rages nationwide on the suspiciously high number of ticket sellers collecting on winning ti ...
Apr 20, 2007, 8:40 am - Lottery News forum
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