Problem with Ontario (Canada) Lottery payout
It seems that evaluation of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation's system has led to the concludion that far too many of the purveyors are turning up winners.
It seems that, when they brought their tickets in for checking, the machine said that the holder was a winner, but the amount was in small print, down in the corner.
It is said that a number of store employees were telling the holders of the tickets, who hadn't signed them, that they'd won a free ticket, give the holder a ticket ...
... then turn in the ticket for the substantial amount of the win as their own.
One man who claimed he'd won $200,000 was refused by the lottery corporation, and they fought in court for several years. Finally he won in court.
After having spent over $400,000. in legal fees.
Now, after this matter was brought to the fore by our national broadcaster, the Lottery Corporation are quite distressed, and saying that they are taking immediate steps to make the system more secure - the holders of tickets can have them scanned themselves in a machine at the outlet.
Governments having become addicted to their cut of the take by the Lottery Corporation, an agency not at arm's length from the government.
Who said that governments can't become addicts?
A simple way to avoid such problems?
Don't buy tickets in the first place!!
If one can justify them as "entertainment", maybe they make some sense ...
... but if one should happen to call them an "investment" - forget that!
Around here, many say that lotteries are "A voluntary tax on the stupid".
And - it ain't just governments that become addicted to them!!!
Have yourself a lovely weekend, everyone.