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N.C. lottery tickets sold in vending machines
Like chips and soda, now you can buy North Carolina scratch-off lottery tickets from vending machines. The lottery began installing 500 machines statewide last week. The vending machines sell 24 games costing $1 to $10 each. Many will go into supermarkets including Food Lion and Lowes Foods, said Alice Garland, lottery deputy executive director. Some will land in convenience stores with high ticket sales to free up clerks. Vending machines are not new to state lotteries. Maryland has us ...
Apr 10, 2007, 11:14 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

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

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 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

Store owner's lottery bonus put on hold
The store owner who sold the unclaimed $3.5 million Connecticut Classic Lotto ticket in February will not be receiving his $10,000 sales commission unless he settles outstanding accounts with the state lottery, according to a spokeswoman for the lottery. Zee Zahid, proprietor of Coventry Getty Mart, was to receive a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket on Feb. 14, 2006. But the expected windfall became more hassle than help for Zahid. No, I didn't get the $10,000, and they gave ...
Mar 22, 2007, 3:12 pm - Lottery News forum

Little store is a Lotto hot spot
Third jackpot winner since 2000 purchased lucky ticket good for $72 million The mysterious good luck of Lichine's Liquor and Deli continues to grow. Since 2000, the California State Lottery machines at Lichine's have spit out SuperLotto Plus jackpots three times most recently on Saturday. The lucky ticket over the weekend is good for $72 million. The holder of the ticket had not yet come forward on Monday. But the jackpot is enough to get some people thinking there's something spec ...
Mar 22, 2007, 12:39 pm - Lottery News forum

Retailers luckier than expected, Atlantic Lotto says
Could massive theft and/or deception by retailers be the reason? Lottery ticket sellers won 10 times more often than statistically they should have over the last six years, the Atlantic Lottery Corp. said Wednesday. So far, the review hasn't shown any wrongdoing by retailers in the four Atlantic provinces, an official said. Can I statistically explain why retailers are winning 10 times more? No, I can't, and I'm not going to sit here and speculate as to why, said Mike Randall, a corp ...
Mar 16, 2007, 11:54 pm - Lottery News forum

Atlantic Lottery retailers win 10 times more often than customers
Canadian store owners are collecting major lottery wins ten times as often as they should, according to the Atlantic Lottery Corporation. Information sent out to media Wednesday showed retailers in the Atlantic Provinces had collected 37 wins worth $25,000 or more in the period from Jan. 1, 2001 to Dec. 31, 2006. Analysis from Universite de Moncton statistician Jacques Allard said the 2688 retail owners, who do play lottery at 1.76 times the rate of the average person, should have been expect ...
Mar 15, 2007, 8:56 am - Lottery News forum