March 29, 2007


I need someone to explain something to me. My paper is full of stories about store owners scamming the Ontario Lottery Corporation with bogus payouts.

I remember one story last year where an owner had lied to a customer about a ticket not being a winner, than pocketed the ticket and retrieved a $250,000 prize. The customer took his claim to court, and the corporation paid out.

Here's the part I don't get: how do they scam the system? All of those scratch cards are accounted for, I think, so if they were having a scratchfest and littering the floor digging for winners, they'd have to pay for the tickets. Wouldn't they?

And how do you fix the 649-type games? I don't do lottery, and I may be missing something, but how do you rip it off?

Why do they even let store owners buy tickets? I know if any paper I write for has a contest, I can't win even though I'm just a lowly freelancer. No dental plan, and no contest either.

Are they stealing tickets from legitimate winners? Anyone? Anyone? Beuller?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

here's what they do, say u hand the guy at the store a lotto 649 ticket, that little tune goes off and the guy tells u you won a free ticket, meanwhile u could have won a million bucks and you wouldn't know.....prevention tips: sign the back of your ticket before u give it to the guy behind the counter, then he can't give it in and check your numbers online before u bring it to the store, then u have a pretty good idead whether you won or not...the lotto people have actaully changed the system since all of these law suits, if a big winning ticket is scanned, the retailer has to phone the lotto place and they have to speak to the ticket holder before the ticket scanner will work again...and it plays different music now...i only know this cause i won some money in the summer

March 29, 2007 4:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My sister worked for a kiosk years ago and they are taught how to "tell" which scratch tickets are winners by the codes at the bottom or upper area of the this day she can tell how to win. She never used the info but knows many who was a regular known thing and you were taught to shut up or else......

March 29, 2007 5:43 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

I knew I was asking the right people! Thanks for the info.

All these years I've been toiling like an idiot, when my creativity could have been going to more criminal, though lucrative, activities.

March 29, 2007 5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You want to hear something gross. A guy I work with bought a coffee from Tim Horton's on friday afternoon last week and the cup had already been rolled up! Methinks someone got a new job at Timmies with past experience at a lottery kiosk. I told him he should call the papers as I'm sure there is a new scam brewing (excuse the pun) here.

April 02, 2007 8:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK that last bit about Tim Hortons was purely disgusting! Not surprising, seeing as many of these "scammers" who work there can barely get your order right so nothing shocking that they'll rip a rim before filling the cup...but EWWWW!

April 02, 2007 10:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh that's unbelievable!

April 12, 2007 3:53 PM  

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