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Ontario store employee charged with stealing lottery prizes
New prize redemption rules aimed at reducing theft A former convenience store employee in North Bay, Ontario, is facing theft and fraud charges for allegedly redeeming two customers' scratch-and-win lottery tickets. Sgt. Chris Williams of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario's Investigation and Support Bureau says these are the first such charges the unit has laid since its inception Jan. 1. The unit, comprised of provincial police officers, investigates claims of insider lotter ...
Feb 27, 2008, 10:24 am - Lottery News forum

Winners of $14.5M lottery jackpot shun spotlight
Norfolk County's newest multi-millionaires are tough to find. John and Mary Winkworth, a middle-aged couple from Glen Meyer, won more than $14.5 million in Saturday's Lotto 6/49 draw. The two were unavailable for comment Tuesday, fuelling speculation they are already jet-setting around the world or living it up in a hotel suite in Toronto. That's what I'd be doing, said Larry Neville of Neville Gas and Variety in Langton. If I won millions, you'd know it. Mary Neville suspects they ...
Feb 27, 2008, 9:27 am - Lottery News forum

Killer of lottery winner convicted
Wife poisoned over squandered jackpot A Toronto-area doctor was convicted of poisoning his 66-year-old wife for squandering $5 million she won in a Canadian lottery, Toronto media reported. Sentencing was set for April 25 for gynecologist Joseph Roncaioli, 72, for the 2003 poisoning death of his 66-year-old wife, Ibi in July 2003, The Toronto Star reported Monday. The woman shared a $10 million jackpot with her hairdresser in 1991 and prosecutors told a jury northeast of Toronto in Newm ...
Feb 18, 2008, 2:29 pm - Lottery News forum

Ontario Lottery adds signature requirement for claiming prizes
Starting this week, retailers are not allowed to validate Ontario lottery tickets unless customers sign them on the front. Players are also asked to sign the back of Instant Win tickets until a new signature box is added to the front in the coming months. The signature requirement is the second new measure added by the Ontario Lottery Corp. in as many weeks to improve security. New musical chimes and voice alerts took effect Jan. 22 at all lottery terminals to help inform players of the ...
Jan 30, 2008, 8:42 am - Lottery News forum

Ontario lottery to investigate 'suspicious' $24.5M win
The $24.5 million Lotto nbsp;6/49 win by workers at Powco Steel has been classified as a suspicious win by Ontario gaming officials after another potential winner came forward. On Thursday, 27 employees of the Barrie company, which manufactures light stands and poles, spent the day at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. in Toronto hoping to collect their prize. But they left empty-handed so officials could conduct the standard checks. Yesterday, another claim was made for the big prize. ...
Jan 19, 2008, 10:51 pm - Lottery News forum

Stolen lottery money returned to real winners
Four school board employees, allegedly cheated out of their winning lottery ticket by a retailer who claimed the prize money as his own, received a check for $5.7 million plus interest Wednesday from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. The check came as Ontario Provincial Police announced they had charged Hafiz Malik, a 60-year-old former convenience store owner with theft and fraud following an investigation into insider wins at the OLG. Police allege Malik, who was release ...
Dec 21, 2007, 12:06 pm - Lottery News forum

Retailer charged in lottery insider claim
Lottery retailer accused of stealing $5.7M lottery jackpot from small group Police have charged a Toronto convenience store owner with fraud in connection with a $5.7 million 'insider' lottery prize win. Hafiz Zulqarnain Malik, 60, of Mississauga, Ont., is charged with two counts of fraud over $5,000 and one count of theft over $5,000. He is to appear in court Wednesday. The Ontario Provincial Police said the lottery ticket actually belonged to four Toronto residents, whom police refus ...
Dec 19, 2007, 1:12 pm - Lottery News forum

Canada police charge lottery 'winner' with fraud in ticket scam
Canadian police accused a Toronto-area man who claimed a C$5.7 million (US$5.7 million) prize in a national lottery of fraud, the first charges in a year-long probe of Ontario lottery-ticket retailers. Hafiz Zulwarnain Malik, 60, of Mississauga, Ontario, was charged with two counts of fraud and one count of theft over C$5,000 after cashing the winning ticket in January 2005. Police say the ticket actually belonged to a group of four people from the Toronto area who were defrauded out of thei ...
Dec 19, 2007, 12:47 pm - Lottery News forum

Ontario police to announce charges in lottery insider investigation
Police refuse to elaborate Insider lottery charges to be explained in Wed. press conference The Ontario Provincial Police will announce Wednesday that they have laid a set of charges following investigations into insider lottery wins in Ontario. The charges, which will be announced at a news conference, relate to a multi-million-dollar fraudulent lottery prize claim, said Inspector Dave Ross of corporate communications for the Ontario Provincial Police. The charges come nine month ...
Dec 18, 2007, 9:25 pm - Lottery News forum

Canada couple collects $18.5M lottery win
Lightning strikes twice as 6/49 win follows $13,000 slot machine windfall A Caledon, Ontario, couple have won $18.5 million in the latest Lotto 6/49 draw, right after collecting a $13,000 slot machine jackpot. Anthony and Antonietta Marrocco were on hand at the lottery offices in downtown Toronto this afternoon, beaming from ear to ear as they accepted the cheque. The couple, who have been playing the lottery steadily for eight years, could hardly believe their good fortune. Antonietta ...
Nov 12, 2007, 11:45 pm - Lottery News forum