In the last 8 years, Seguro Ndabene has won the lottery a staggering five times. In total, Ndabene has won an astronomical amount of $20 Million in lottery winnings. Is it a coincidence, old fashioned luck, or is there something suspicious when it comes to Ndabene’s excessive lottery winnings?
In his defence, Ndabene claims he purchases hundreds of tickets every month and his winnings are legitimate. “I won rightfully,” stated the native of Mozambique. Yet, Ndabene and a few other lottery winners who have won large amounts of money, numerous times, all share a similar story. They all have close relationships to retailers.
History of Winnings
Ndabene has won 5 Jackpots after buying hundreds of lottery tickets every month. Here is a list of his winnings in chronological order:
- $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.
Evidently, the odds of winning this many jackpots consecutively are slim to none.Some ways he may have won are:
- Pure luck
- Purchasing hundreds of thousands of tickets each week
With no evidence of Ndabene buying hundreds of thousands of tickets each week, and Ndabene stating he only purchases a few hundred tickets per week, it seems he either got really lucky or he found a way to beat the system.
Relationship with Retailers
Ndabene’s relationship with the Airdrie retailer is unclear. However, we were able to determine six facts:
- Ndabene bought three winning tickets all from the same Airdrie location.
- The Airdrie location where Ndabene won sells tickets to group purchases, which is normal.
- Antonin Koprnicky, (brother-in-law to the owner of the Airdrie Kiosk) claimed Mr. Ndabene’s winnings were part of a group purchase and should have been shared with the rest of the group members.
- Antonin Koprnicky later rescinded his claim and it was proven in court that Ndabene’s ticket was not part of the group purchase.
- One year after the $17 Million win, Antonin Koprnicky won $300,000 but he did not buy his winning ticket from his brother-in-laws location.
- Ndabene has bought and won from other retailers including one located in Yellowknife, NT, and Calgary, AB.
Unfortunately, there is no smoking gun.
The case of Ann Lepine and Barkley Heron also raises red flags. In this particular case, the former Fort Smith NT couple shared an $11,000,000 Million Lotto 649 ticket, purchased in 2007. Four years later and after being separated from Heron, Lepine won again, only this time for $7,700,000.
Ironically, both winning tickets were purchased from Heron’s convenience store in Fort Smith, NT.
Ways the Lottery Can Be Cheated
To identify ways to cheat the lottery, it is important to first understand its mechanics. From there, you may be able to identify possible loopholes.
Examining the rules regulating LottoMax:
For a chance to win $15 million, odds to matching seven out of seven numbers are 1 in 28.5 million.
Mr. Ndabene claims to buy an average of two 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. Plans to buy 100s of winning tickets per week always ends in disaster.
- Winning numbers are generated from a machine that randomly dispenses balls with the winning numbers on them. Each ball contains ten 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 Fridays at 9:30p.m, EST, in front of a live audience. (Last call is Friday at 9:00p.m, EST) 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.
In the end, it appears luck and good ol’ odds must have prevailed once again!