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Australian Lottery Fears High-Roller Intervention

16 December 2002

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the (Australian) Daily Telegraph: " The jackpot of a key Lotto game has been limited after concerns high-roller gamblers may have been trying to thwart the draw.

"NSW Lotteries has revealed when the Lotto Strike jackpot went over $2 million (US$1.13 million), it was possible to guarantee a profit by covering all number combinations.

"According to the Lotteries annual report, changes had to be made to Lotto Strike rules after suspicions big punters were weighing in as the jackpot grew.

"…The report said: `During the year, changes were made to the game rules which resulted in the Strike 4 jackpot being capped at $2 million until it is won.

"`This was mainly to deter high-roller syndicates from covering all bet combinations when the jackpot reaches high levels, which is clearly against the spirit of the game and not in the interests of regular players who support the game each week'.

"…The report also shows that the 70-year-old draw lottery game, known as Lucky Lotteries, has seen declining sales over the past four years because of fierce competition in the gaming market…"

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