Thursday, October 26, 2006

Ontario Lottery Concerns

Speculation abounds that lottery retailers in Ontario have been cashing in tickets "on behalf" of the rightful winners [CBC, Ontario lotto officials defend security as report raises questions]:

After an investigation by the CBC's The Fifth Estate alleged that a disproportionate number of clerks and retailers win large lotteries in Ontario, the province's gaming corporation has defended its security practices.

"It is critical to note that when a retailer/clerk wins a major prize, [Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation] conducts an investigation 100 per cent of the time," said a statement released Wednesday.

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A statistician with the University of Toronto called [the number of lottery retailers winning the lottery a] statistical anomaly, saying there is a "one in a trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion" chance of that many retailers winning. Dr. Jeffrey Rosenthal said the number of wins should be closer to 57.

I don't know if this is too simple a solution, but what if we simply made those individuals who sell lottery tickets ineligible for the prizes? In other words, if you are licensed to sell lottery products in the province of Ontario and you are currently employed by a retailer that sells lottery products in the province of Ontario, then you are ineligible to win a prize from an Ontario lottery product.

No security concerns. No audit concerns. No investigations needed.

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1 comment:

shlemazl said...

Ah, it's kind of crazy stuff. If the public wants to play lotter, they desere everything they get. They'll be screwed one way or another. Better giving it to charity.