Nov 6, 2007

Man jailed for life for Lottery ticket scam

A Chinese lottery ticket seller has been jailed for life, for taking advantage of a system flaw to cash 28 million yuan ($3.76 million) in lottery tickets illegally. Zhao Liqun, 36, who runs three lottery stalls in Anshan, northeastern Heilongjiang province of China, discovered the flaw in the Welfare Lottery "3D" system in 2005. Due to that flaw, a person can buy tickets with the right numbers within five minutes of announcement of the results!

Zhao Liqun took the advantage of this flaw many times. He also asked his neighbors and friends to cash the tickets at the Welfare Lottery Center and to bring back the money.

The lottery center finally found that, the prizes were illegally claimed and police arrested Zhao in January.

Now, the court jailed him for life for fraud and confiscated all his property. via Reuters


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