Ombudsman Ontario

Ombudsman Ontario

October 26, 2006 14:45 ET

Ombudsman to Investigate Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 26, 2006) - Andre Marin, Ombudsman of Ontario announced today that he is launching, on his own motion, an investigation into the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLGC). The Special Ombudsman Response Team will investigate how the OLGC protects the public from theft or fraud related to winning lottery tickets and how it responds to complaints about potential theft or fraud involving lottery winnings.

"The OLGC is a Crown agency of the Government of Ontario and as such, it needs to ensure that it acts with the utmost integrity," said the Ombudsman. "Recent disclosure of allegations of theft and fraud have cast a large shadow over the operations of the corporation and has brought into question whether the public interest is adequately protected."

The Ombudsman noted that Ontario residents avail themselves of Ontario's lotteries because they trust that the OLGC is there to ensure that the lotteries are administered fairly and that safeguards exist to prevent theft or fraud by insiders, such as retailing agents. Ontarians also have the right to trust that any complaints of unfair practices, which are brought forward to the Corporation, will be diligently and thoroughly investigated and any incidents of wrong-doing will be acted upon. The Ombudsman also noted that the Courts have clearly recognized that the OLGC has a duty of care to ensure that no unfair advantage is gained by retailers and insiders and that the OLGC's own policies require that it ensure that "no unfair advantage is gained by any individual who was directly or closely affiliated with the conduct of the corporations games".

The Ombudsman invited anyone who feels they may have information relevant to the investigation, to contact the Special Ombudsman Response Team online at www.ombudsman.on.ca or by calling 1 866 623-7678 (Monday to Friday).

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