Investigation leads to 2003 Lottery Prize Answers

ORILLIA, ON, Jan. 27 /CNW/ - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has identified seven (7) victims of the fraud involving a 12.5-million dollar lottery prize win in December 2003.

In September 2010, OPP laid numerous charges against three Greater Toronto Area residents and restrained assets in connection with an investigation into an "insider" major prize Super 7 lottery win.

"Credit goes to members of the Inspection and Investigation Branch who - working with Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) - diligently followed through on the hundreds of tips from the public," says Deputy Commissioner Scott Tod, who is responsible for the OPP Investigations and Organized Crime Command.

As the victims are witnesses in the matter before the courts involving the original fraud charges, OPP will not comment further on this investigation.

Investigation by the OPP team assigned to conduct lottery investigations revealed that a father and son were actively stealing lottery tickets from customers at a lottery retail location in Burlington where they were employed. The investigation also revealed that, after the Lotto Super 7 draw was held on December 26, 2003, the two men provided the winning ticket to a female family member to claim, in an attempt to conceal their association between their criminal activity and the lottery retail location.

The lottery prize was paid out in December 2004 by OLG.


SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police

For further information:

Inspector William Price
Director, OPP Inspection and Investigation Branch
Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario
(416) 326-7161

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