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Better late than never for Canada lottery winners | Reuters

TORONTO The team regarding Canadian co-workers will finally get C$5.75 million (2.9 million pounds) in prize money, 3 years after his or her winning lottery ticket was allegedly stolen along with cashed in by a retailer.

Ontario Lottery along with Gaming Corp mentioned on Wednesday which it could give the prize, in addition regarding C$800,000 within interest, to the group following your provincial agency concluded the particular ticket had been claimed through somebody else.

Earlier upon Wednesday, police laid theft as well as fraud costs against the former lottery-ticket seller, accusing him regarding stealing the ticket and claiming your prize with regard to himself.

The OLG, which in turn runs lotteries inside the province associated with Ontario, stated it had received any grievance from the team within July. The Particular agency, that may be sharply criticized pertaining to lax monitoring regarding wins simply by ticket vendors, launched its investigation along with referred the truth to the Ontario Provincial Police.

Police stated upon Wednesday that the winning ticket had belonged to be able to an organization of 4 those who took it to a shop to possess it checked. Police mentioned the particular shop did not reveal that that these people had won, and also later collected the reward money.

"In this case, your 4 rightful proprietors were deprived of lottery winnings in which might have changed their own lives," Chief Superintendent Bob Goodall told any information conference.

Police asserted the actual Lotto 6/49 ticket had been purchased within June 2004 and additionally the prize ended up being claimed inside January with the next year. Concerning C$5 million throughout assets belonging to the accused have been seized.

Police mentioned the particular retailer had operated any little convenience shop in Toronto, which could be no more inside business.

The investigation is an element of a broader police probe into fraudulent lottery prize claims produced by suppliers and their employees between 1999 and 2006.

In March, Ontario's ombudsman released the record of the separate investigation in to such insider wins. The Actual report discovered the particular OLG had not necessarily been only mindful of the situation involving insider fraud, it knew that the measures it been on spot to prevent it were "woefully inadequate".

According for the report, the actual lottery corporation confirmed in which from 1999 for you to November 2006, no much less than 78 list proprietors along with 131 store employees had scored major lottery prizes, too as a significant amount of smaller prizes.

"Certainly, many of these wins tend to be legitimate, but it is equally clear in which an extraordinary range of us dollars happen for you to be paid out out in what are dishonest claims," the particular statement said.

Police mentioned on Wednesday they had reviewed cases associated with insider wins subsequent the report and actually have four nevertheless beneath investigation. The Particular OPP stated your cases involve large amounts of money, together with even more as compared to C$1 million.

The man accused within Wednesday's case, Hafiz Zulqarnain Malik, older 60, has been scheduled in order to seem before an Ontario court.

(Reporting through Leah Schnurr; Editing by Rob Wilson)

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