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​Faking the Winning Ticket

Online Exclusives ​Art Stewart Oct 23, 2019

In the high-stakes world of lotteries, regulators and operators need stronger controls against fraudulent schemes.

​He might have gotten away with it if he hadn't been greedy, a U.K. judge said in sentencing a man to nine years in prison for lottery fraud. The BBC reports that Edward Putman used a forged lottery ticket to claim a £2.5 million prize in 2009. The court found that Putman collaborated with an employee of National Lottery operator, Camelot U.K. Lotteries Ltd., to create the fraudulent ticket based on a list of unclaimed winning numbers.

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​Art Stewart

Art Stewart is an independent management consultant with more than 35 years of experience in internal audit, financial management, performance measurement, governance, and strategic policy planning.​​​