Monday 27 March 2017

Family charged over lottery theft

A family has been charged over a winning lottery ticket in Canada
A family has been charged over a winning lottery ticket in Canada

Police in Canada are searching for the rightful owner of a 12.1 million dollar (£7.4 million) ticket after charging a family with stealing the jackpot.

Ontario provincial police Inspector Bill Price said a man and his son and daughter allegedly stole a Super 7 ticket from the retail store where they worked in Burlington, Ontario, after a customer cashed in a winning ticket in 2003.

Police said the family had allegedly been actively stealing lottery tickets from customers and claim the father gave the ticket to the daughter to claim the prize.

The scandal-plagued Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp has been under scrutiny for several years in connection with insider wins.

"This particular investigation resulted from a larger overall investigative review of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming insider-win investigations," said Mr Price.

Kathleen Chung, 29, her brother, Kenneth Chung, 28, and the pair's 60-year-old father, Jun-Chul Chung, face several charges, including fraud over 4,800 dollars (£2,940).

After the suspects were charged, police said they seized their bank accounts and assets, including two homes and five luxury cars.

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp said the organisation was committed to ensuring that prizes got to the rightful winners.

Ontario gaming chairman Paul Godfrey said that, because of cheating, someone was denied a prize.

"We want to find that person," he said. "We are committed to making sure the right prize gets in the right hands each and every time."

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