Premier won't 'hang' lottery corp. over misprint
TORONTO - Premier Dalton McGuinty is dismissing calls to overhaul Ontario's problem-plagued lottery corporation, saying he won't "hang" the agency over a few misprinted tickets.
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. is recalling 92 tickets after a computer glitch caused the wrong date to be printed on them.
McGuinty acknowledged that the agency's record is "less than stellar," but adds it has taken the right steps to correct the ticket misprint.
NDP critic Peter Kormos says it's just the latest "screw up" by the OLG, which was read the riot act by the government last month for buying foreign-made cars as casino prizes instead of Ontario-made vehicles.
The public gaming agency has also been under fire in recent years following a probe into so-called lottery insider wins that has resulted in several charges.
Kormos says people have more confidence betting with fictional TV mobster Tony Soprano than the OLG.
The OLG says the 92 misprinted tickets are among more than 560,000 tickets sold between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday.
The tickets were sold at 41 locations across the province, including Belleville, Hamilton, Kenora, Kitchener, London, New Liskeard, Niagara Falls, North Bay, Oshawa, Sudbury and the Greater Toronto Area.
Forty of the recalled tickets were part of Monday's draw for the Pick 3, Daily Keno and Pick 4 games.
The remaining 52 tickets were issued for the Super 7, Lottario, Lotto 6-49 and Payday games that are to be drawn this week.