Canada lottery winner robbed, beaten

Oct. 14, 2010 at 5:04 PM
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KIRKLAND, Quebec, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- The daughter of a Canadian lottery winner said she believes her mother was robbed and beaten because information was published about the winner.

Diana Masciotra, the daughter of Evelyn Cassis of Kirkland, Quebec, asked Loto-Quebec, the Quebec lottery to stop publishing information about her mother after Cassis was attacked in her home following her $52,000 lottery win, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Thursday.

Two men wearing masks and dressed in black entered Cassis' home and demanded cash and jewelry, then beat her with a stick, the CBC reported.

"I think it's someone who knew us and my mom because they asked for a specific bracelet that she had and her face had been everywhere because she had just won the lottery," Masciotra said.

Masciotra said the lottery publicized her mother's name, photograph, that she won $52,000 and that she lives in the Montreal region.

"You never know who's out there watching this, and being like OK, great, 'She just won. I'm going to go rob her,'" Masciotra said.

Jean-Pierre Roy of Loto-Quebec said he doesn't think publication of the winners' information prompts crime against them, and that people should be able to see the faces and names of the winners to see the money is being won by real people.

Masciotra, however, said the lottery agency told her it would comply with her request.

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