No longer allowed to buy tickets where they are employed
Lottery retailers will no longer be allowed to purchase, play or validate tickets at their place of employment, the head of the B.C. Lottery Corporation (BCLC) announced yesterday.
The policy was implemented in mid July, but announced yesterday by CEO Dana Hayden, following the release of a forensic audit that said the Crown corporation failed to adequately enforce its retailer play policies.
Vancouver-based Blair Mackay Mynett Valuations reviewed 190 retailer wins of more than $10,000 and found no evidence of fraud.
It does not, however, mean that fraud didn’t occur.
The majority of lotto payouts are less than $10,000, but BCLC had only tracked payouts greater than $10,000.
“We can only work with the data we have,” said auditor Ron Parks. “Our conclusions are necessarily based on that data. I would agree with the possibility that there are many, many retailer wins below $10,000 that were not tracked.”
The finding echoes a May 2007 report by the B.C. ombudsmen that criticized the lottery corporation for its retailer play policies.
Since October, the lottery corporation has started implementing changes, including tracking all wins of more than $1,000 and establishing a database of retailers.