Lottomatica €24m Lottery Scam Revealed

Te Italian Judicial Authority has launched an investigation into Lottomatica employees and their four winning scratchcard lottery tickets

Tey are believed to have amassed winnings of €24m with wins including two winning €5m tickets purchased in 2015 in Milan and Brescia.


Te Italian Judicial Authority has launched an investigation into alleged misconduct by four current employees at International Game Technology’s Lottomatica Holding, two former employees and people close to them, aimed at gaining unauthorised access to Lottomatica’s systems in order to identify and redeem four winning scratch-off lottery tickets.

Tey are believed to have amassed winnings of €24m with wins including two winning €5m tickets purchased in 2015 in Milan and Brescia. Other tickets included two €7m winning tickets bought in 2017 in Foggia and in 2019 in Cremona. Te financiers of the Special Currency Police Unit of the Guardia di Finanza, delegated by the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Rome, have arrested 12 people who are being investigated for aggravated fraud, abusive access to computer systems, receiving stolen goods and the self – laundering of illicit capital. Lottomatica has itself collaborated in the investigation.

Te suspects accessed information to identify the highest-value winning tickets and which retailers they were located at. Tey found out the date and place of delivery and purchased them through friends and family. Te internal

code of ethics bans employees from participating in games and lotteries. Te family members kept a share of the winnings for themselves and then transferred the remaining amounts to the bank accounts to the employees and former employees involved. Te probability of winning the Super Cash tickets worth €7m was one in 15,840,000 tickets, whilst the chances of winning the Maxi Billionaire tickets worth €5m was one in 9,360,000 tickets.

A spokesperson at IGT said: “IGT takes this incident extremely seriously, and has, since the beginning of the investigation, fully cooperated with the Judicial Authority in order to facilitate the investigation into the alleged misconduct and fully protect the integrity of its games and the interests of its customers. As a precautionary measure, the Company suspended the four employees as soon as it was aware of the investigation.IGT has dedicated considerable resources to support the Judicial Authority, conduct an internal investigation and fully evaluate the situation. IGT has also taken prompt measures to thoroughly review its internal systems and processes designed to prevent criminal and fraudulent activities and further its state-of-the-art protections.”

France Club Circus Paris takes lockdown legal action

Club Circus Paris is taking legal action to try and stay in operation, following announcements that all gaming clubs in Paris must close again. Te announcement was made by Paris police prefect, Didier Lallement, who said Paris and the inner suburbs were now in a state of maximum health alert, as part of the fight against the coronavirus. Parisian gambling clubs were informed that they would have to close until mid-October. Te Circus group subsequently lodged an administrative summary appeal against the order.

Te General Manager of Club Circus Paris and Circus Casino France, Sébastien Leclercq, said there were ‘exclusions for businesses which apply protocols health less restrictive than those imposed on our field of activity.’

“For the record,” Mr. Leclercq said, “our group owns the Circus de

Carnac casino in Morbihan. We were therefore the first group of French casinos to be impacted by the administrative closures linked to Covid-19 on March 1 and the next day, March 5, 2020, our group had already implemented a health protocol. Tis health protocol was transmitted to all of the group's operating sites, it was discussed, detailed and improved.

“Consequently, when the government published the“ National deconfinement protocol for companies to ensure the health and safety of employees, dated May 6, 2020, our group already had expertise in the matter and a strict protocol for two months. Te reasoning is the same as for the Deconfinement protocol common to the entire UNHCR profession of May 31, 2020, here again, our group had a more rigorous protocol designed and established for nearly three months.”


Wunderino, operated by the Rhino Group with licences in Malta and Schlewsig-Holstein in Germany, has announced the striking of a deal with SYNOT Games to bring its games portfolio to the online casino’s player base. “Adding our games to the Wunderino online casino is a true privilege and a great omen of exciting things to come before the end of the year. Both teams have worked on this with full dedication and a common goal in mind - providing the best to the players,” commented Martina Hrabinska, CCO at SYNOT Games. Wunderino, which launched in the spring of 2016 by igaming veterans with the aim to offer more than just the ‘regular’ casino experience, has selected titles such as Aladdin and the Golden Palace and Rich Pirates to achieve these aims.

SOUTH AFRICA – In 2019, Carnival City Casino near Johannesburg introduced NOVOMATIC’s Thunder Cash Link and Cash Connection Charming Lady, launched in the PANTHERA 2.27 cabinet.

Both Linked Progressives have since impressed at the Sun International casino with performance above floor average and more than R2 million Rand of jackpot pay-outs to date. All this, in spite of COVID-19 restrictions and safeguarding measures that have been significantly reducing the number of active player positions on the casino floor during the past couple of months.

Thunder Cash made a big impact at the casino. Players appreciate the choice of four titles featuring vivid graphics, player-friendly multi-denomination and the Coin-Re-spin Feature, in which players can collect more and more coins with chances to win the top Progressive prize. Likewise, the Cash Connection Charming Lady has become the darling of casino guests with its pretty prizes in pink. The Lock & Spin feature offers players instant prizes, bonuses and more and more chances for the big jackpots.

Deon Valkenborgh, Sales and Marketing Manager NOVOMATIC Africa, said: “Ever since the introduction of the two new Progressives to the gaming floor, both have consistently resided among the top-earning slots at Carnival City Casino in the past year.”

Carnival City Slots Manager, Karthy Padayachee, (pictured above with Mr. Valkenborgh) added: “Paying out more than R2 million Rand in Progressive Jackpots, these two themes are still unequivocally the most favourite machines being played at Carnival City. The Cash Connection and Thunder Cash themes are continuously providing players with endless excitement and entertainment.”

GREECE – Playtech has launched its Casino and Live Casino software with Novibet, initially adding a dedicated Playtech Casino tab and Live Casino offering in Greece, with the UK and Italy to follow shortly thereafter.

Starting with the Greek market, Novibet will offer Playtech Casino content through a dedicated tab called Premium Slots as well as Playtech’s dedicated Live Casino offering localised and branded tables to the requirements of Novibet. Nikos Olympitis – General Manager at Novibet said: “We’re delighted to expand our game offering with Playtech to bring its industry leading content to our wide-ranging audiences. We look forward to developing this partnership further as we continue to grow our content offering.”


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