Lottery cheat

By: NATASHA SMITH

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A LOTTERY ticket vendor in China has been jailed for life for taking advantage of a system flaw to cash 28 million yuan (2.5 million euros) in tickets illegally.

Zhao Liqun discovered the flaw in the Welfare Lottery 3D system in 2005 that let a person buy tickets with the right numbers within five minutes of being announced. He bought the announced numbers many times over in the allocated time and asked neighbours and friends to cash the tickets in and bring him the money.