Ever Wonder How to Win the Lottery?

Apparently the secret to winning the online lottery is to have a relationship with a retailer. Ask Seguro Ndabene, a 5-time Canadian Lotto Winner who went on a winning streak from 2004 to 2008. He will tell you that it comes down to luck and buying 100s of tickets each month. But, what is disgusting about the case of Seguo Ndabene is his relationship to an Airdrie retailer.

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The fact that Mr. Ndabene and the retailers bronther-in-law know each other is too close to be a coincidence. As is the number of times Mr. Ndabene has won the lottery. As is the fact that this brother-in-law won a $300,000 jackpot more than 1 year after claiming that Mr. Ndabene owed him a portion of the $17 million jackpot. Ironically, this brother-in-law dropped his claim before winning his $300,000 Jackpot.

A History of Winning

Ndabene has won 5 jackpots from buying hundreds of lotto tickets every month. His winnings are as follows:

  • $17,000,000 – Super 7 Jackpot, purchased in Airdrie Alberta January 2009. Odds to win are 1 in 20.1 million.
  • $1,000,000 – Western 649 Jackpot, purchased in Airdrie Alberta in 2008. Odds to win are 1 in 6.9 million.
  • $50,000 – Western 649 Jackpot, purchased in Airdrie Alberta in 2008. Odds to win are 1 in 1.1 million.
  • $100,000 – Super 7 Extra Jackpot, purchased in Calgary Alberta in 2006. Odds to win are 1 in 76,791.
  • $1,000,000 – Western 649 Jackpot, purchased in Yellowknife NWT in 2005. Mr. Ndabene claimed this prize eight months late but claimed he knew of the win immediately. Odds to win are 1 in 6.9 million.

Clearly, the odds of winning this many jackpots consecutively are very slim. Super 7 is now Lucky Hari Hari . There are three ways Mr. Ndabene could have won: (1) pure luck (2) buying hundreds of thousands of tickets each week or (3) cheating.

Pure luck does not cut it and there is no evidence he buys hundreds of thousands of tickets each week. According to his statement he only buys a few hundred tickets each month. Therefore, it is most probably to conclude that he found a way to cheat.

Relationship with Retailers

Mr. Ndabenes relationship with the Airdrie retailer is a bit foggy. From our research we were able to determine six things:

(1) Mr. Ndabene bought 3 winning tickets all from the same Airdrie location (2) The Airdrie location sells tickets to group purchases which is normal (3) Antonin Koprnicky (borther-in-law to the owner of the Airdrie Kiosk) claimed Mr. Ndabene’s winnings were part of a group purchase and should be shared with the rest of the group (4) Antonin Koprnicky later rescinded his claim and it was proven in court that Mr. Ndabene’s ticket was not part of the group purchase. (5) 1 year after the $17M win Antonin Koprnicky wins $300,000 from the same Airdrie location. (6) Mr. Ndabene has bought and won from other retailers including from a Yellowknife location.

Unfortunately, there is no smoking gun. There is a coincidence that  Mr. Ndabenes won from the Airdrie location 3 times and Antonin Koprnicky won from this location once. But this does not explain how Mr. Ndabenes also won at a Yellowknife and Calgary location.

The case of Ann Lepine and Barkley Heron also raises red flags. In this case, the former Fort Smith NWT couple shared a $11,000,000 lotto 649 prize in 2007. Then 4 years later and separated Ann Lepine won again, this time for $7,700,000. Ironically, both winning tickets were purchased from Barkley Heron’s convenience store in Fort Smith NWT.

How the Lottery can be Cheated

To identify ways to cheat the lottery it is important to understand the mechanics of the lottery. From there we will be able to identify any possible loopholes. So lets examine the rules regulating Lucky Hari Hari :

  • Odds to match 7 out 7 numbers are 1 in 28.5 million, for a chance to win $15 million. Mr. Ndabene claims to buy a couple hundred tickets per week, in order to win this many times in a row he would have to purchase hundreds of thousands of tickets per week.
  • Winning numbers are generated from a machine that randomly dispenses balls with the winning numbers on them. Each ball contains 10 numbers ranging from 1 to 49 and the numbers facing closest to the camera are deemed the winning numbers. The numbers are drawn randomly. There is no way to know ahead of time what the drawn numbers will be.
  • Winning numbers are drawn Friday 9:30EST (last call is Friday 9:00EST) in front of a live audience. If there is a way to back date a lottery ticket then there is a way to cheat.
  • Tickets are purchased from retailers and each lottery terminal is connected to a central computer system that records the time, date, location and numbers selected. It is possible the retailers could steal winning tickets from unsuspecting customers who come to claim their prize. It is unlikely they found a way to exploit the central computer system.

Hypothesis #1 –  One way the odds can be improved would be to have your own personal terminal continuously printing tickets in all potential combinations – but you would still have to send money for the purchased lottery tickets. This method would be unlikely because a simple reconciliation by the lotto authority would show that cash received does not agree with the number of tickets purchased.

Hypothesis #2 – Having an insider who has access to the central computer system. If the cheater is able to create a ticket after the draw and change the date/time stamp then the cheater can win. The problem with this hypothesis is that it would require an insider populating data into the central computer system. This type of system is highly unlikely because of all the internal controls surrounding the central computer system.

However, it is still possible that an insider could be in cahoots with a vendor for a payout. Further, it does appear that Mr. Ndabenes was testing the waters by winning the smaller amounts to see if the WCLC could actually figure out what he was doing then cashing in on one of the larger draws after realizing the WCLC had no clue. This is a far fetched hypothesis but worth examining.

Hypothesis #3 – Stealing tickets from group purchasers. This could work if the retailer found a way to generate 2 copies of the tickets. One fake ticket to give to the purchasers and a real ticket to keep. This hypothesis is most likely in my opinion because there are numerous cases where retailers win.

Hypothesis #4 – the retailer steals winning numbers from unsuspecting victims. This could be done via a fictitious validation lotto machine. This way the retailer could steal winning tickets from unsuspecting customers. This hypothesis is unlikely because most winners know they have won before checking their tickets. But it is still possible.


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