Luck runs out for Italian lotto staff whose friends won €24m
08 Apr 2021

Staff at Italy’s national lottery hacked into company computers to identify winning numbers and claim €24 million for friends and family, police said.

Luxury cars, villas, cash and shares have been seized after employees acquired enormous wealth while managing the popular scratch-and-win card scheme, which has paid out €90 billion in the past 16 years. “They were euphoric when they pulled this off but now everything they obtained has gone,” a police official said yesterday.

The scam was allegedly devised by Fabio Giacovazzi, 56, who worked in IT for Lottomatica, which runs the game. Police believe he developed software to access confidential information and identify which packets of 30 cards contained one with winning numbers and then found out which shops they were likely to have been delivered to.

Investigators claimed he dispatched his girlfriend’s ex-partner to a shop in Milan in 2015 to buy a card that paid out €5 million, and sent his girlfriend to Brescia in northern Italy the same year to buy a card worth another €5 million. Two years later, police said, his mother visited Foggia in southern Italy to buy a card worth €7 million.

By Tom Kington, The Times, 8 April 2021

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