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Alberta Raffle Manager Fined

25 April 2002

ALBERTA, Canada – As reported by the Edmonton Sun: "The manager of Full House Lottery has been fined $6,500 for five infractions in last year's version of the wildly popular Edmonton raffle.

"The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Act violations include printing more tickets than permitted, and failing to ensure stubs for all tickets sold were in the barrel for all of the prize draws.

"Frank Calder, a principal in the major Edmonton marketing firm Calder Bateman and the man who answered to the charges, said the issues with last year's raffle were not revealed to the public before now because organizers are confident nobody lost a chance to win.

"…Two charges reflect the fact that eligible tickets were not in the barrel when one of last year's draws took place.

"…Another charge says organizers failed to keep records to match the ticket totals to cash collected from sales.

"The fifth charge says simply that some tickets were shared by multiple buyers, which is against the raffle rules.

"…`I would be pretty upset if people felt this lottery in any way did not have integrity,' said Calder, noting the `impeccable reputations' of the hospital foundations that benefit from the raffle, and of the gaming commission.

"…Full House Lottery's $100 tickets are a massive annual fund-raiser for the University of Alberta and Royal Alexandra hospitals, earning nearly $15 million in its nine-year history…"

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