Charges laid for stolen lottery ticket
- February 27, 2014
Investigators from the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) laid a charge against an individual for theft and fraud of a winning lottery ticket.
Wesley Smith, from northern Alberta, has been charged by AGLC under the Criminal Code of Canada with theft over $5,000 and fraud over $5,000. The charges stem from an AGLC investigation related to a complaint of theft of a lottery ticket and a subsequent attempt to claim the lottery win.
The AGLC would like to remind all lottery ticket players to sign the back of every ticket purchased and to check winning numbers themselves. There are many ways to check winning numbers such as scanning the ticket at a self serve ticket checker, calling the winning numbers line that appears on all tickets, calling toll-free at 1-800-665-3313, checking your local newspaper, or at wclc.com.
Maintaining the integrity of licensed gaming and liquor activities in the Province of Alberta is one of the mandates of the AGLC. The AGLC is responsible for investigating Criminal Code offences of theft and fraud involving licensed charitable gaming and provincial lotteries, offences of illegal gaming and provincial offences related to liquor and tobacco.
President of Treasury Board and Finance Minister Doug Horner, who has responsibility for the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC), has issued the following statement regarding early liquor service for the gold medal hockey game and suggestions to amend liquor legislation:
“It was important to give Albertans a chance to watch Sunday’s game together, so I was pleased the AGLC was able to accommodate this request. Allowing all licensees to begin liquor service at 5 a.m. was unprecedented for Alberta and proved to be a unique experience for everyone who took part. I know thousands of Albertans truly enjoyed the opportunity to gather in their local pubs, bars and restaurants to watch Canada win gold.
“Because this opportunity was so unprecedented, the AGLC is going to take the time to talk to its partners — including law enforcement, licensees and municipalities — to see how this unique event went. I trust they’ll use the feedback they receive to help them make informed decisions about any similar future requests.
“I had already committed to working with the AGLC and my caucus colleagues to review the Gaming and Liquor Act in the next year. Certainly the discussions that have taken place over social media over the past weekend will be taken into consideration as we develop our public consultation. I know this is a topic that gets Albertans talking.
“At the end of the day, we want to keep everyone in this province safe while ensuring that Albertans can enjoy liquor responsibly.”
AGLC President & CEO authorizes early liquor service - February 21, 2014
The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) will allow licensees to serve liquor starting at 5 a.m. Sunday, February 23 for the Olympic gold medal hockey game.
“We appreciate the outpouring of enthusiasm of Albertans who want to gather to watch the game on Sunday and will support licensees to serve liquor when the puck drops.”
- Bill Robinson, President & CEO of the AGLC
All Alberta licensed establishments are authorized. There is no requirement to apply.
Licensees will continue to be expected to offer service in a socially responsible way to ensure the safety of their patrons.
Normal closing hours on Saturday remain in effect, then reopening is permitted on Sunday at 4:30 a.m. with food service, and starting at 5 a.m responsible liquor service is allowed.