Friends for 30 years share $32 million on LOTTO 6/49



    They've kept every lottery ticket they played since the 70's and brought
    them all to show reporters!

    TORONTO, July 2 /CNW/ - Just call them the Wealthy Barber and Wealthy
Customer now. Mike Dettorre, owner of iconic Mike's Barber Shop in Ottawa and
his friend and customer of 30 years, Samir Haddad don't need any financial
self-help books now. The two Ottawa residents found out Monday morning they
were Ontario's latest multi-millionaires after their quick-pick LOTTO 6/49
netted them a cool $32 million.
    "We would have been here on Monday had we found out earlier," said Samir
Haddad, a hardwood floor installer by trade, and all around handyman. "As it
was, I was helping Mike's daughter fix a broken garage on Sunday, and Mike
joked if we had won the lottery we could buy a new one." Mike added, "It's
really funny that we joked about it, and now here we are. It's fate."
    The friends have been playing lottery games together since the inception
of lottery tickets in Ontario, soon after arriving in Canada from Italy and
Lebanon respectively. They have kept every lottery ticket they purchased since
then, and brought them along to show reporters. "I actually wanted to toss
them in the air during the cheque presentation!" said Haddad.
    Samir Haddad is married to Denise, and has a 33 year old son Jaime, and a
20 year old daughter Angie. Mike Dettore is married to Pina and has three
grown children. With the windfall they plan to share and help their family and
close friends.
    The winning ticket was purchased at Ottawa South Grocery on Sunnyside
Avenue in Ottawa on Saturday June 28, 2008.

    
                         Protecting Lottery Customers

    Over the past 12 months, OLG has taken significant action toward
protecting lottery customers from theft and fraud. To date, the following
safeguards have been put in place:

    -   The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is now Ontario's
        lottery regulator. Insider and suspicious wins will be investigated
        by OPP officers assigned to the AGCO. All calls regarding potential
        fraud or theft are routed directly to Investigations.

    -   Improved training and procedures for OLG investigations of prize
        claims made by the general public are now in place.

    -   A news release is issued for every lottery winner over $10,000 and
        the information is posted on OLG's corporate website, OLG.ca for
        approximately 30 days. For Insider wins, described as people who have
        a perceived influence over the lottery scheme, and people who sell,
        redeem and distribute lottery products, or family members (spouse,
        children, parents, siblings as well as any other relative not
        described here who resides in the same household) of Insiders, a news
        release is also distributed and posted on the OLG website for
        approximately 30 days and payment of the prize is withheld for that
        30 day period to give anyone with concerns about the win, an
        opportunity to come forward.

    -   Self-Serve Ticket Checkers are available at nearly all lottery
        terminal retailers for customers to check their own on-line tickets.

    -   The lottery terminal 'freezes' when a winning ticket worth $10,000 or
        more is validated. The freeze allows an OLG representative to
        immediately call the store to confirm the win with the retailer and
        the customer by telephone.

    -   Enhancements to the lottery terminal Customer-Facing Display Screens
        include:

        -  Jingles and videos that play for a longer time when a winning
           ticket is validated, and winning/non-winning messages appear in a
           larger print font
        -  all prize amounts up to $1000 appear on the screen
        -  prizes over $1000 but less than $10,000 will display a message
           instructing the winner to obtain their ticket and claim
           verification slip
        -  a new video, jingle and voice-over message plays for winning
           tickets worth $10,000 or more along with a display indicating
           "BIG WINNER".

    -   All on-line tickets are branded along the left side as winning or
        non-winning when validated through the terminal.

    Effective January 28, 2008 customers must sign their lottery ticket before
it can be validated by the retailer. The front of on-line tickets includes a
signature box and a message further reminding customers to sign their tickets.

    -   Public education campaigns to remind people to sign and check their
        tickets and to call our hotline if they had any concerns.

    -   Our Customer Excellence Centre is now open 24 hours a day / 7 days a
        week.

    OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and
gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG lotteries, Casinos, Slots, and Resort
Casinos have generated nearly $26 billion for the benefit of the Province of
Ontario. Gaming proceeds support Ontario's hospitals, amateur sport,
recreational and cultural activities, communities, provincial priority
programs such as health care and education, and local and provincial charities
and non-profit organizations through the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

                       Know your limit, play within it!

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