Sibling battle over $32M lottery win lands in court
Take a barber, a handyman and the handyman's sister, add one lottery ticket and $32 million, and what do you have? A lawsuit and siblings no longer speaking to each other.
Sam Haddad and his longtime friend and barber Mike Dettorre won $32 million with a Lotto 6/49 ticket in June 2008. It made for a great story: Dettorre had been cutting Haddad's hair for more than 30 years and the men often bought tickets together, sticking them on the mirror in Dettorre's Old Ottawa South barber shop until ...
May 3, 2011, 1:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Statistician cracks secret code behind lottery tickets
Is the apparent randomness of the scratch ticket just a facade, a mathematical lie?
The call came around 3 a.m. Toronto time, which was midnight in Nevada where Doug Hartzell was sleeping. It was his old friend, Mohan Srivastava, phoning from Canada.
He called me and said, 'Man, I think I'm losing it. But I see a pattern in scratch lottery tickets,' said Hartzell, recalling that 2003 conversation.
My reaction almost instantly was like: I'm sure he's right.
Over their three decades ...
Feb 2, 2011, 1:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery scam victims finally get $12.5M jackpot
They had to wait seven years, but seven Ontario men each collected checks for more than $2 million Thursday, their share of a lottery win originally awarded to a woman now facing fraud charges.
The men, all friends and former co-workers who lay cable for a living, will each receive $2.1 million their share of the original $12.5 million jackpot plus $2.3 million in interest for a total of $14.8 million split seven ways.
The men bought the ticket jointly while working together at a construct ...
Jan 28, 2011, 10:24 am - Lottery News forum
Canadian family charged with stealing $12.5M lottery jackpot
Search is on for rightful owner of winning ticket
Are you the victim of an alleged $12.5-million lottery jackpot theft?
Ontario police say someone else celebrated with what should have been your happy dance. The rightful owner of the Super 7 ticket was defrauded of the winnings nearly seven years ago, police say.
Meanwhile, investigators allege the family accused of stealing the winnings lived in the lap of luxury multiple homes and BMW and Mercedes vehicles were among their big-ticket ...
Sep 30, 2010, 8:23 am - Lottery News forum
Ottawa man claims $25M Lotto Max prize
An Ottawa construction worker is $25 million richer after claiming his Lotto Max prize almost two weeks after the winning numbers were drawn.
Gerald Clement, 50, said he spent the last two weeks preparing himself for what his life will be like with $25 million.
I'm so lucky to have a close-knit network of family and friends that I could turn to in this situation. It took me a long time to process this, and I checked my ticket at the self-scanner about five times, said Clement, who is sing ...
Aug 26, 2010, 12:12 pm - Lottery News forum
Online gambling coming to Ontario
In a bid to keep millions spent on offshore gambling websites in the province, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. says Ontarians will have access to legal online gambling by 2012.
Across Canada and around the world, online commerce is part of our everyday lives and OLG is excited to start the consultation process for online gaming and growing its marketplace in the future, OLG chairman Paul Godfrey said Tuesday.
Thousands of Ontario residents spend nearly $400 million a year through unr ...
Aug 11, 2010, 9:34 am - Lottery News forum
Store owner jailed one year for stealing $5.7M lottery ticket
A former convenience store owner who cheated a customer out of a $5.7 million lottery ticket has been sentenced to a year in jail.
Hafiz Malik, 63, sat quietly as Ontario provincial court Justice Rebecca Shamai pronounced sentence Tuesday at Old City Hall courthouse in downtown Toronto.
Dressed in a black T-shirt and grey slacks, the white-haired Malik listened intently to the judge's reasons.
In December, Malik had pleaded to fraud.
He admitted to tricking a customer, Lorraine Teich ...
Jun 16, 2010, 9:31 am - Lottery News forum
Auditor General criticizes Ontario Lottery top executives
Ontario's provincial Auditor General, Jim McCarter, released his 21 page report this morning which has questioned the integrity of the executives behind the OLGC.
(See link to the full report after the article.)
The report not only showed unnecessary purchases made by some of the top executives in the company, but disclosed how millions of tax payers' dollars were being used for parties, cars, trips to the spa and even hiring party planners.
The investigation began on August 31, 2009 wh ...
Jun 3, 2010, 9:30 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery scam victim dies scarred
Even in the last months of her life, Lorraine Teicht could not fully trust people.
She could never get over how three of her workmates had once turned on her.
Suspicious that she had filched a $5.7 million 6/49 lottery ticket that rightfully belonged to all four, they had hired a private eye to see if her lifestyle had dramatically changed.
I could not trust them after they came to my house and accused me of stealing the winnings, Teicht wrote on March 11.
I still do not feel relax ...
Apr 16, 2010, 6:45 am - Lottery News forum
Ontario Lottery may be sold off
The Liberal government will sign a $200,000 deal with two investment banks within days to do preliminary research on privatizing all or part of the problem-prone Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, the Toronto Star has learned.
While Bay Street has been tantalized by millions in lucrative commissions from the possible sale of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, Hydro One, and Ontario Power Generation, informed sources say the provincial lottery monopoly is the main public asset in play.
Dec 21, 2009, 8:22 am - Lottery News forum