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Class Claims Canadian Lottery Cheats

VICTORIA, B.C. (CN) - A class action claims the British Columbia Lottery Corp. used deceptive measures to sell "scratch and win" tickets. The complaint echoes a class action filed last week in Quebec, which claims the state run-lotteries continue selling tickets to games after the top prize already has been won.

Named plaintiff Albert Chartrand says he lost thousands of dollars playing the deceptive games.

He claims that the state lottery promises on the face of each ticket that the purchaser has a chance to win the "top prize." Chartrand claims that when the top prize has been won in a game, the state should stop selling the tickets, whose promise has become deceptive.

The Quebec class action claims that province went so far as to print new tickets to popular games, after the top prize had been won.

Chartrand claims the British Columbia Lottery has made millions of dollars by hawking its deceptive and "defective tickets." He claims the company informs consumers about the deceptive practice through "a discrete link" on its Web page, and that his is "clear evidence of deception."

Chartrand demands an injunction and punitive damages. He is represented in British Columbia Supreme Court by Darren Williams with The Merchant Law Group in Victoria, B.C.

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