ECONOMY

Very lucky punters set to be probed

The Hellenic Gaming Commission has forwarded some impressive data regarding the possible abuse of profits from games of chance to the anti-money laundering authority and the Financial Crimes Squad.

The data, compiled by OPAP, showed that the gaming company issued thousands of certificates of gains from its games of chance last year, but the main interest is focused on 386 such certificates which add up to to 27 million euros, with each accounting for an average of 300 betting slips.

There was even a case of one very lucky punter who submitted 8,700 winning slips last year, meaning that he had 24 winning slips a day on average.

The gaming watchdog announced that the monitoring will now be extended to previous years, with sources saying it will go back a decade. The authorities are hoping to kill two birds with one stone as they wish to identify those who laundered money by buying winning slips from punters in order to justify their personal revenues and to highlight OPAP as an exemplary gaming company that adheres to all the conditions in its exclusive permit.