Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation CEO resigns

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Saturday, March 24, 2007

CEO of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Corp., Duncan Brown, has stepped down after recent allegations that lottery retailers are winning more than customers.

"By mutual agreement, Duncan Brown and the Board of OLG have decided a change of leadership is appropriate," the lottery corporation said on Friday. "Brown has stepped down from his post as CEO."

Before Brown joined OLG in 2004 he was CEO of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. He has worked in the lotto industry since the 1970s.

A new CEO will be chosen by the Board in the coming months, the Interim CEO will be chosen in a few days.

Investigation of retailers

This month OLG recalled over 1,000,000 scratch and win tickets. The "Super Bingo" tickets were also removed after complaints that one could see which were the winning tickets.

Ontario Ombudsman André Marin will conduct an investigation into allegations that lottery retailers are winning more than customers.

"They're faced with a wall of silence," Marin said. "The OLG essentially turns against them and instead of investigating the complaint, investigates the complainant."

Marin will release the report on Monday.