Two-time lottery winner picks up $15 million
Robert Hong had a better chance of opening an oyster in his Kirkland Lake restaurant and finding a pearl than winning a lottery. But he did it twice.
Win the lottery that is not find a pearl.
On Saturday, Hong discovered he had picked all six numbers in the Lotto 6/49 draw, giving him a $15 million jackpot.
Just six months ago, he had a $340,000 win with a friend.
I really couldn't believe it, Hong said after picking up his prize at the Toronto prize office on Tuesday. To win ...
Nov 12, 2007, 1:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Ontario Lottery may ban retailers from buying tickets from own stores
Ontario lottery retailers are railing against a proposal to ban them from buying and cashing in tickets in their own stores, saying it unfairly portrays them as the villains in the province's lottery scandal.
Retailers will be upset that we're the ones being painted as the bad guys in all this, says Chris Wilcox of the Ontario Convenience Stores Association.
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. tried to impose the rule on retailers in August before backing off in the face of the associat ...
Oct 31, 2007, 9:27 am - Lottery News forum
Ontario Lottery glitch infuriates customers, prevents sales
Would-be millionaires were angered Wednesday when they were prevented from buying lottery tickets due to a glitch that affected thousands of lottery terminals.
Lottery officials said a piece of equipment at their data centre in Toronto malfunctioned.
The broken piece of equipment has affected nearly 2,000 lottery terminals across the province, which is equivalent to roughly 20 per cent of their machines.
Many of the affected terminals are located in the GTA and eastern Ontario.
Jul 11, 2007, 8:33 pm - Lottery News forum
Retired Ontario couple wins second lottery jackpot
Jadwiga and Rudy Taylor didn't react like lottery winners Monday when they were presented with a $20 million check in Toronto.
There was no jumping up and down, no screaming, no pumping of fists in victory for the married couple, he in his 80s and she 48.
Hard to blame the Taylors, though. After all, when it comes to collecting a big cash prize, they've been there and done that.
The couple won $1 million in 1999 on an Ontario 49 quick-pick ticket.
When asked why she kept playing ...
Jun 20, 2007, 9:20 am - Lottery News forum
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
Disabled man wins $37M lottery jackpot
He's 55 years old, single, with no children, lives in a rooming house, and has been on disability since October.
Oh, and Graham Gelineau is also $37 million richer after winning Saturday's whopping Lotto 6/49 jackpot the largest single-ticket prize to be claimed in Ontario.
The Toronto man doesn't drive, so he took the subway to the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.'s downtown office Monday afternoon to pick up his winnings.
Apart from the money, my life's going to stay pretty much the ...
Jun 12, 2007, 8:21 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
Cancer claims life of man who exposed Ontario Lottery retailer fraud
The man whose legal battle with Ontario Lottery and Gaming brought about an investigation and wholesale changes to the Crown corporation lost his fight with cancer Monday.
Bob Edmonds, from the central Ontario town of Coboconk, died in hospital at age 83. His son, Bob Edmonds Jr., said his father's struggle began years ago and grew more acute as the cancer spread.
The cancer spread from the bowel to his liver and pancreas and eventually claimed his life, Edmonds said in an interview.
Apr 3, 2007, 12:36 am - 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