Store owner guilty of stealing lottery ticket, claiming it as his own
Faces up to 14 years for claiming $5.75 million prize
A former convenience store owner pleaded guilty Thursday to fraudulently claiming a $5.75 million winning Canada Lotto 6/49 ticket as his own.
Hafiz Malik, 62, validated the lottery ticket at his now-closed convenience store near Dufferin Street and Dupont Street in June 2004 but didn't tell his customer she had won the jackpot.
Seven months later, he claimed the prize, according to an agreed statement of facts read out in court.
Dec 7, 2009, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum
Fired lottery chief files $9M lawsuit
Wrongful dismissal suit calls the decision to fire former CEO McDougald 'severe and unjustified'
The fired chief executive of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation is seeking $9 million from taxpayers in a wrongful dismissal suit for her lost $400,000-a-year job, sources say.
Kelly McDougald, dumped last week over widespread expense account irregularities by staff at the Crown agency including one employee's $30 car wash without an official receipt has filed a notice in a case that, c ...
Sep 12, 2009, 7:28 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner picks up check, then gets arrested
$4.4M lotto winner goes straight to jail
It was a good news, bad news day for Barry Shell.
The good news: he won more than $4 million. The bad news: he ended up in jail.
Shell, from Brampton, Ontario, picked up a check for $4,377,298, the top prize in the July 18 draw for the Lotto 6/49.
I went to the store and checked my ticket on the self-serve ticket checker, Shell was quoted as saying in a news release from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.
As soon as I saw how muc ...
Jul 22, 2009, 8:57 pm - Lottery News forum
Ontario Lottery recalls 92 tickets
Attention Ontario lottery players: check your tickets but not for a winner. You may be holding a bogus entry that can't win a prize.
It's not a huge amount of tickets but there's another new controversy surrounding the beleaguered Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. The OLG has been forced to issue a public notice about a recall of 92 tickets sold over a wide area of the province. The reason? They have the wrong date on them.
The tickets in question center on a series of the organizati ...
Apr 22, 2009, 5:54 pm - Lottery News forum
Courier finds bag of lottery tickets
Gaming officials show a surprising lack of concern, though
Paul Neves didn't win the lottery, but he still feels pretty good.
The UPS courier was driving his usual Rexdale route last Wednesday at 10 a.m. when he came upon a ripped plastic bag on the side of Humber College Blvd., near Highway 27 full of brand new lottery tickets worth $3,400.
I checked the bag. I was amazed, there were hundreds of tickets. They were sealed in clear plastic wrap, 30 tickets in each package.
Included w ...
Mar 2, 2009, 8:40 am - Lottery News forum
$14M lottery winner promises big tip
For a guy who just won $14.8 million, you'd think Jorma Hogbacka would be a little more excited.
But standing in front of reporters yesterday at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation's prize office, Hogbacka said he wasn't surprised because it was in the stars.
Four years ago, (a psychic) sent me a letter that said 'You'll be rich beyond your wildest dream', he said. It feels like another day, except I have a big check.
A semi-retired welder, Hogbacka, 60, of St. Catharines, was ...
Jan 29, 2009, 10:00 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery ticket 'printing error' voids huge jackpot
Man gets undisclosed settlement from Ontario Lottery and apology
Other 'winners' not so lucky
Unlucky lotto winner Thomas Noftall may not have won the jackpot, but the 27-year-old will take home some cash from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. after all.
OLG offered Noftall an apology and an undisclosed financial settlement yesterday after a printing error on his lottery tickets led him to believe he had won $135,000.
Noftall and his lawyer met with lottery officials yesterday at ...
Jan 8, 2009, 1:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Mother and son step forward as $15M lottery winners
George Smith is the epitome of a good boy. For the past five years, the 48-year-old Meaford, Ontario man has been buying Super 7 lottery tickets with his mom.
They've split the cost of the relatively cheap entries but it's never really paid off.
George, along with his mom and dad, came to Toronto Tuesday to claim the big prize in last week's draw a $15 million jackpot.
The winner isn't your flamboyant, screamingly excited, happy dance type. He's a quiet spoken man with a m ...
Nov 26, 2008, 9:00 am - Lottery News forum
$5M lottery win eases the pain
Paul Jaques thought a car crash 21 years ago made a big change in his life after it permanently injured his back.
Now, it has taken a backseat to a winning, $5 million Super 7 ticket.
We were going to stop him from going to physiotherapy because we couldn't afford it anymore, Jaques' wife, Cheryl, said at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.'s prize centre yesterday.
And now, they won't have to stop.
It's given me security, the 41-year-old North York man said. I got rear-ended by a ...
Oct 21, 2008, 9:18 am - Lottery News forum
Two get bail in Ontario lottery jackpot theft case
Mother, daughter freed amid accusations they stole $3.5M ticket
A Windsor woman accused of taking her 81-year-old husband's $3.5 million winning lottery ticket and the daughter who cashed it in were released on bail in Ontario court Thursday.
Mary Patricia Moore, 59, and daughter Bobbie-Jo Arnold, 39, were arrested Wednesday for fraud over $5,000, possession of property obtained by crime, false pretenses and uttering a forged document. Arnold signed the winning ticket and claimed the April ...
Oct 3, 2008, 9:23 am - Lottery News forum