Romania launches criminal probe into state lottery

April 8, 2015 3:05 PM

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BUCHAREST, April 8 (Reuters) - Romania is investigating the country's national lottery and a Greek-controlled firm over illegal slot-machine gambling that prosecutors say has cost the state budget more than 100 million euros ($108 million).

Loteria Romana CNLR carried out gambling activities without licence and authorisation by using 6,263 slot-machines partly supplied by Lotrom SA -- a subsidiary of Greek firm Intralot SA -- between 2006 and 2014, Bucharest's prosecuting office of the Court of Appeals said on Wednesday.

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