Lottery steps up security due to threats

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Exact details of the threats and subsequent security measures kept quiet while the national lottery faces public criticism over an advertising gaffe and high salaries.

The Hague – The Dutch national lottery ramped up security at its The Hague office after threats to the organisation and its director, Yvonne van Oort.

The lottery and its director have been receiving threats for some time, a spokeswoman told ANP.

However, the company did not comment on the exact nature of either the threats or the security measures.

Van Oort recently came under fire in the media because of the size of her salary. In 2008, she earned EUR 420,000, including a EUR 48,000 bonus.

However, the lottery spokeswoman said the threats began before the row about the director’s earnings began.

Adding to the its woes, the national lottery (Staatsloterij) was heavily criticised for its advertisement for August’s EUR 27.5 million jackpot.

The advert claimed a jackpot pay out was guaranteed, but the winner only bought a one-fifth share in the jackpot, and took home EUR 5.5 million.

The Dutch advertising standards committee (RCC) ruled that the advert was “misleading.”

The national lottery said in a press release it will consider appealing the decision.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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