Ontario Lottery to undergo criminal investigation
The Ontario government called police yesterday after the province's ombud accused unscrupulous lottery-ticket retailers of collecting tens of millions of dollars in dishonest'' winnings and the responsible Crown agency of letting them get away with it.
Public Infrastructure Minister David Caplan asked police to look into Andre Marin's report probing a disproportionate number of jackpot wins by so-called lottery insiders a report that amounted to a searing indictment of the Ontario Lotter ...
Mar 27, 2007, 8:18 am - Lottery News forum
Ontario Lottery Corp. ignored claims of corruption
Scandal runs deep and wide; shoddy paperwork and turning a blind eye helped permeate corruption
Ontario retail store owners and their families claimed about $100 million in lottery wins between 1999 and 2006, including tens of millions of fraudulent claims ignored by the public lottery corporation, the provincial ombudsman said yesterday.
In a scathing report, Andre Marin said the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation is more fixated on profits than the integrity of its lottery games and ...
Mar 27, 2007, 7:44 am - Lottery News forum
Ontario Lottery chief fired
The head of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation was dismissed from the scandal-plagued organization on Friday, according to CBC News.
CEO Duncan Brown was escorted out of the lottery corporation's offices in Toronto, two sources told the CBC, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Repeated calls to officials at the lottery corporation went unanswered Friday.
The dismissal follows allegations that several lottery clerks stole winning tickets from unsuspecting customers and cashed in ...
Mar 24, 2007, 6:12 am - Lottery News forum
Ontario Lottery nixes Bingo scratch tickets
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation has hired outside auditors and is working with the printer, as it investigates a complaint that winning cards on two editions of a Super Bingo game could be identified without scratching them, a spokesperson has confirmed.
In the meantime, the corporation has recalled more than one million of the scratch-and-win games and will destroy them, according to OLGC spokesperson Don Pister, who noted 19.5 million game cards had been printed. They were dis ...
Mar 22, 2007, 9:15 am - Lottery News forum
Canada lottery winner used the weather to pick numbers
Scarborough's weather can forecast big bucks.
Just ask recent multi-millionaire Robert Medwid, a 39-year-old stucco contractor from Red Deer, Alberta who won almost $14 million on Lotto 6/49.
For the last four years Medwid has played numbers based on Scarborough's weather patterns, because lottery draws take place at the CTV studios near Hwy. 401 and Brimley Road.
How the sun, rain and snow in Scarborough led to the actual numbers Medwid picked remains cloudy but the unorthodox system ...
Jan 23, 2007, 9:51 am - Lottery News forum
Does $9 goof point to larger problems with Ontario Lottery?
When Ralph Landry finally wins the big one, he wants to know that the jackpot isn't accidentally given to somebody else.
But the 67-year-old retired Air Canada employee has lost faith after he went to claim a small prize and found out that somehow somebody else got paid the money in another town.
How does this happen? he asked.
The self-proclaimed lottery addict bought his daily dose of lottery tickets at the Daisy Mart on Dec. 27, won $9 on a scratch-and-win Bingo and then within ...
Jan 11, 2007, 4:33 pm - Lottery News forum
Ontario Lottery delays payouts to 'insider' winners
Christmas came four days early but seven weeks late for a trio of insider lottery winners from a small town northeast of Peterborough, Ontario, who faced a lengthy investigation before receiving their big payout.
When we went in, we expected to get a cheque just like everyone else does, then they popped the bubble and said, 'Sorry, you're going to have to wait,' said Al Breedon, one of the winners of the $1-million prize.
He and his wife, Linda Smith, and friend Linette Dynes purchas ...
Dec 29, 2006, 11:35 pm - Lottery News forum
Ontario lottery players advised to be cautious
It's not just about whether you win or lose, but how you play the game, especially when that game is the lottery.
People buying tickets for Wednesday night's $36 million Lotto 649 draw the fourth largest Canadian jackpot in the lottery's history have been advised to take precautions to avoid being cheated in the wake of reports that retailers may be lying about whether tickets are winners or not.
The scandal arose several weeks ago when it was alleged that too many ticket sellers were ...
Nov 9, 2006, 7:09 am - Lottery News forum
Defrauded lottery winner finally gets apology -- and money
More than five years after Bob Edmonds called the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation to complain that he may have been defrauded out of a winning Super 7 ticket, he has an apology and the right to speak freely.
But he still doesn't have the full $250,000 he originally won in the August 2001 draw.
The 82-year-old cancer survivor and resident of Coboconk, Ont., only ended up with a total of $202,000, after a lengthy legal proceeding against the lottery corporation.
The details of the ...
Oct 30, 2006, 5:51 am - Lottery News forum
Ontario lottery to be investigated
The Ontario Ombudsman will investigate allegations about insiders winning a disproportionate number of lotteries to restore public trust in the province's lottery corporation.
Andr Marin said yesterday that allegations that more than 200 ticket retailers or clerks have won prizes of more than $50,000 in the past seven years have cast a large shadow over the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. and brought into question its actions.
He said he had received few complaints from lottery-tic ...
Oct 27, 2006, 7:08 am - Lottery News forum