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Lotto 6/49 to probe boosted jackpot claims

11 March 2007

CANADA -- As reported by the CBC: "Investigations into Lotto 6/49 jackpots are widening across Canada after CBC News discovered the advertised weekly winning amounts are often overestimated by hundreds of thousands of dollars.

"Lotto 6/49, which is held across Canada, advertises a minimum jackpot of an estimated $4 million, but Wednesday's winner was only worth $3 million.

"Half of all jackpots since December — 14 of 28 — have been worth far less than the "estimated $4 million" that retailers advertise, CBC News has learned.

"For example, the Wednesday 6/49 jackpots on Oct. 4, Nov. 22, Dec. 6, Dec. 13, Jan. 3, Jan. 10, Jan. 17 and Feb. 14 all were advertised to be worth $4 million, and all paid out less than $3.7 million. That's the cutoff that is supposed to trigger an estimate being lowered to $3.5 million.

"Lotto 6/49 spokeswoman Paula Dyke blamed slumping sales of tickets, but added a review is now underway..."

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