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B.C. lottery system slammed by ombudsman

30 May 2007

VICTORIA, British Columbia -- As reported by the CBC News: "The B.C. government will conduct an audit of the province's lottery system, following the release of a damning report Tuesday by the province's ombudsman that found it's open to fraud.

"Ombudsman Kim Carter said the government-owned B.C. Lottery Corporation did not have adequate procedures in place to ensure that correct prize amounts were paid out to the rightful owners of winning tickets.

"In announcing the audit, Solicitor General John Les said Carter's report raises questions about how the system became vulnerable to fraud.

"He said it defies belief that the lottery corporation didn't know there was likely criminal fraud going on against the public

"...In her report on the B.C. situation, Carter said that a few retailers appeared to be winning unusually often, with 21 B.C. Lottery Corporation retailers or employees turning up as multiple winners.

"She noted one retailer won 11 times in five years, collecting more than $300,000 in prizes..."

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