Kerala Lottery System have fault says Comptroller and Auditor General

Published on: 21 Mar, 2013
Published under: General Kerala News, Kerala Lottery Results Updates

20 March 2013
Thiruvananthapuram

Latest report of the Comptroller and Auditor General says that presently there is something wrong going on in Kerala Lotteries as State-owned Kerala Lotteries has never made a loss since its inception in 1967. Numerous defects like multiple claims, mistake in publication of prize-winning ticket and absence of validation controls, among others, were found.

The most curious case that surfaced was one in which the second prize for the Onam Bumper Lottery-2011 was published as ticket number TH-339602, but the real winner was ticket number IR-339602. Taking into account the mental agony suffered by the claimant for non-disbursal of his claim, the government gave him Rs.2 lakh as special compensation.

The CAG report pointed out that no authenticated reports are available with this department on the actual number of selling agents. The audit also revealed that of the 214 prizes amounting to Rs.810.29 lakh distributed to agents during 2010-11, two agents got Rs.447.21 lakh in 122 prizes. This indicates monopoly of the agents, pointed out the CAG report.

Another thing that surfaced in the course of the audit was that of the 344 prizes, 69 prizes amounting to Rs.3.94 crore were¬† repeatedly won by persons residing at 30 households in Mumbai. This is a pointer to the possibility of fraudulent practice in claiming prizes. “It is recommended that the department may pursue the cases with the Crime Branch for ensuring credibility,” recommended the CAG. There are seven lottery draws a week in the state; there are also six bumper draws.

Source– http://www.deccanherald.com/content/320295/alls-not-well-kerala-lotteries.html

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