CBC News Posted: Apr 24, 2013 2:09 PM ET Last Updated: Apr 24, 2013 2:41 PM ET
The cost of a Lotto 6/49 ticket is going up, but so are the number of prizes available to be won in the national lottery.
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (known by its acronym OLG) said in a release Wednesday that starting in September, a Lotto 6/49 ticket will include a new $1 million prize that is guaranteed to be won every week.
The regular starting jackpot will be increased to $5 million, and players can win free play prizes by matching two numbers.
“Lotto 6/49 will be creating more millionaires every week,” OLG senior vice-president Greg McKenzie said in a release.
Currently, a Lotto 6/49 ticket costs $2. Starting September, that will increase to $3.
“We tested these improvement with more than 10,000 … players from coast to coast,” McKenzie said. “They were excited about the new ways to win and they told us that it’s great value for the new price.”
With the new free play options, the OLG says the odds of winning some sort of prize in the game have improved from one in 32.3 to one in 6.6 “which means nearly five times more winning overall,” the agency said.
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Ever Wonder How to Win the Lottery?
Apparently the secret to winning the lottery is to have a relationship with a retailer. Ask Seguro Ndabene, a 5-time Canadian Lotto Winner who went on a winning streak from 2004 to 2008. He will tell you that it comes down to luck and buying 100s of tickets each month. But, what is disgusting about the case of Seguo Ndabene is his relationship to an Airdrie retailer.
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The fact that Mr. Ndabene and the retailers bronther-in-law know each other is too close to be a coincidence. As is the number of times Mr. Ndabene has won the lottery. As is the fact that this brother-in-law won a $300,000 jackpot more than 1 year after claiming that Mr. Ndabene owed him a portion of the $17 million jackpot. Ironically, this brother-in-law dropped his claim before winning his $300,000 Jackpot.
A History of Winning
Ndabene has won 5 jackpots from buying hundreds of lotto tickets every month. His winnings are as follows:
- $17,000,000 – Super 7 Jackpot, purchased in Airdrie Alberta January 2009. Odds to win are 1 in 20.1 million.
- $1,000,000 – Western 649 Jackpot, purchased in Airdrie Alberta in 2008. Odds to win are 1 in 6.9 million.
- $50,000 – Western 649 Jackpot, purchased in Airdrie Alberta in 2008. Odds to win are 1 in 1.1 million.
- $100,000 – Super 7 Extra Jackpot, purchased in Calgary Alberta in 2006. Odds to win are 1 in 76,791.
- $1,000,000 – Western 649 Jackpot, purchased in Yellowknife NWT in 2005. Mr. Ndabene claimed this prize eight months late but claimed he knew of the win immediately. Odds to win are 1 in 6.9 million.
Clearly, the odds of winning this many jackpots consecutively are very slim. Super 7 is now LottoMax. There are three ways Mr. Ndabene could have won: (1) pure luck (2) buying hundreds of thousands of tickets each week or (3) cheating.
Pure luck does not cut it and there is no evidence he buys hundreds of thousands of tickets each week. According to his statement he only buys a few hundred tickets each month. Therefore, it is most probably to conclude that he found a way to cheat.
Relationship with Retailers
Mr. Ndabenes relationship with the Airdrie retailer is a bit foggy. From our research we were able to determine six things:
(1) Mr. Ndabene bought 3 winning tickets all from the same Airdrie location (2) The Airdrie location sells tickets to group purchases which is normal (3) Antonin Koprnicky (borther-in-law to the owner of the Airdrie Kiosk) claimed Mr. Ndabene’s winnings were part of a group purchase and should be shared with the rest of the group (4) Antonin Koprnicky later rescinded his claim and it was proven in court that Mr. Ndabene’s ticket was not part of the group purchase. (5) 1 year after the $17M win Antonin Koprnicky wins $300,000 from the same Airdrie location. (6) Mr. Ndabene has bought and won from other retailers including from a Yellowknife location.
Unfortunately, there is no smoking gun. There is a coincidence that Mr. Ndabenes won from the Airdrie location 3 times and Antonin Koprnicky won from this location once. But this does not explain how Mr. Ndabenes also won at a Yellowknife and Calgary location.
The case of Ann Lepine and Barkley Heron also raises red flags. In this case, the former Fort Smith NWT couple shared a $11,000,000 lotto 649 prize in 2007. Then 4 years later and separated Ann Lepine won again, this time for $7,700,000. Ironically, both winning tickets were purchased from Barkley Heron’s convenience store in Fort Smith NWT.
How the Lottery can be Cheated
To identify ways to cheat the lottery it is important to understand the mechanics of the lottery. From there we will be able to identify any possible loopholes. So lets examine the rules regulating LottoMax:
- Odds to match 7 out 7 numbers are 1 in 28.5 million, for a chance to win $15 million. Mr. Ndabene claims to buy a couple hundred tickets per week, in order to win this many times in a row he would have to purchase hundreds of thousands of tickets per week.
- Winning numbers are generated from a machine that randomly dispenses balls with the winning numbers on them. Each ball contains 10 numbers ranging from 1 to 49 and the numbers facing closest to the camera are deemed the winning numbers. The numbers are drawn randomly. There is no way to know ahead of time what the drawn numbers will be.
- Winning numbers are drawn Friday 9:30EST (last call is Friday 9:00EST) in front of a live audience. If there is a way to back date a lottery ticket then there is a way to cheat.
- Tickets are purchased from retailers and each lottery terminal is connected to a central computer system that records the time, date, location and numbers selected. It is possible the retailers could steal winning tickets from unsuspecting customers who come to claim their prize. It is unlikely they found a way to exploit the central computer system.
Hypothesis #1 - One way the odds can be improved would be to have your own personal terminal continuously printing tickets in all potential combinations – but you would still have to send money for the purchased lottery tickets. This method would be unlikely because a simple reconciliation by the lotto authority would show that cash received does not agree with the number of tickets purchased.
Hypothesis #2 – Having an insider who has access to the central computer system. If the cheater is able to create a ticket after the draw and change the date/time stamp then the cheater can win. The problem with this hypothesis is that it would require an insider populating data into the central computer system. This type of system is highly unlikely because of all the internal controls surrounding the central computer system. However, it is still possible that an insider could be in cahoots with a vendor for a payout. Further, it does appear that Mr. Ndabenes was testing the waters by winning the smaller amounts to see if the WCLC could actually figure out what he was doing then cashing in on one of the larger draws after realizing the WCLC had no clue. This is a far fetched hypothesis but worth examining.
Hypothesis #3 – Stealing tickets from group purchasers. This could work if the retailer found a way to generate 2 copies of the tickets. One fake ticket to give to the purchasers and a real ticket to keep. This hypothesis is most likely in my opinion because there are numerous cases where retailers win.
Hypothesis #4 – the retailer steals winning numbers from unsuspecting victims. This could be done via a fictitious validation machine. This way the retailer could steal winning tickets from unsuspecting customers. This hypothesis is unlikely because most winners know they have won before checking their tickets. But it is still possible.
Unfortunately there is not enough evidence to prove that Mr. Ndabene is a cheater. However, it is likely that he was in cahoots with the retailers, it just cannot be proven.
An unusual lottery ticket buying habit has made a British Columbia man $31.7 million richer.
Harry Black, 66, received two cheques for $15.8-million – one for each of his jackpot-winning Lotto 6/49 tickets in April’s $63-million draw, according to a B.C. Lottery Corporation (BCLC ) news release on Tuesday.
The Surrey, B.C. senior has a peculiar habit of buying two tickets with the exact same numbers – a quirk that only awarded him $10 winnings in the past.
“This is a wonderful surprise to all of us,” said BCLC vice president Kevin Gass. “It’s the first time in the company’s recollection that we’ve had this unique sort of win.”
According to a News 1130 radio report, Black stayed quiet for a month and did not claim his prize due the stress of winning such a massive prize.
Despite winning one half of April’s record-breaking draw, the part-time film industry worker has no plans to quit his job. Black plans to spend his winnings on some travelling, including a visit to Scotland. According to Global News, Black has no family.
He also plans to buy some land to build his dream house, according to BCLC.