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
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