Says a shocking police report, which claims to have incriminating evidence against some powerful lottery operators. The state government is also sitting pretty on the report, submitted last November. Wonder why?
|No win situation: Unscrupulous lottery game operators have “fixed” the system to ensure that no matter how often you play, you will never win the big bucks. representation pic|
How often have you missed the lottery jackpot by a whisker? How often have you desperately poured more money, bought another handful of tickets, in the hope that you would get lucky the next time and lost again?
What if you were told that the proverbial hand of God was in reality, a deliberate handiwork of some unscrupulous lottery game operators who have “fixed” the system to ensure that no matter how often you play, you will never win the big bucks.
“Officers appointed by the government are aware, but are misusing the system. We do not rule out a parallel lottery racket in play here,” said S P S Yadav, head of Maharashtra’s CID.
There are almost 10 major lottery players in Maharashtra, which operate through approximate 30,000 online centres. Incidentally, Maharashtra State Lottery, owned and operated by the local government also had an online lottery system, but a similar scam almost three years ago led to that being suspended. The then Lottery secretary still is facing double digit criminal cases against her, being heard in several courts in Maharashtra.
Currently, the state government Lottery officials monitor the operations of other lottery players, including Sikkim Lottery, complot, among others.
Police investigation has shown that the Maharashtra government supervision is nothing but
How it operates
You cannot buy a single lottery ticket. You need to purchase them in bundles of 10, for a price of Rs 11. Every ticket has 10-digit numbers The last two digits indicate the series. For instance, the bundle of 10 tickets could have a ticket number 1057670-74 (the last two digits in your bundle would be from 70
up to 79).
“It is such a complex web, using operator servers, terminals and a numeric matrix, that major players ensure that the lottery buyer is forced to purchase tickets in bundles of tens, but he can only win a paltry amount on his double-digit match, that too, on one of his 10 tickets. Thus, losing money on the remaining nine.”
Egged by the possibility of a win, he keeps buying only to lose again,” cops explained.
CID officials have found that since the online lottery tickets are generated through computers, owners and agents immediately know how much bet has been placed on particular numbers. Winners could be deceived by manipulating the number on which very little bet is laid.
“Interestingly, the entire online process has been outsourced. But, the shocking part is, neither does the government have any control over the servers, nor does it have any machinery to monitor the functioning,” said investigators. More startling is the police report, which has blamed “officers of the government misusing the positions by violating the Lottery Act”.
“Our probe has shown how easy it is to manipulate these servers and ensure that only specific numbers, chosen not randomly, as it should ideally be, but by the operator make it to the winning list,” investigators said.
Investigators have pegged the entire scam to over a Rs 1,000 crore.
However, while you have been busy burning up your salary on an online lottery, the government has done little to monitor even basic regulatory errors, said investigators hinting at a larger conspiracy.
No wonder that a report, which warranted immediate action from the administration, has been gathering dust since November 2006. Investigators refused to be dragged into any blame game. All attempts to contact Finance Minister Jayant Patil, through phone or SMS, emerged futile.