Wednesday December 4 2013 – A Lotto Max jackpot prize worth CAD$50 million was due to expire on Monday as the winner had failed to claim their prize. However, as luck would have it, the missing winner was found following a thorough investigation by Lotto Max officials.
Ontario Lottery officials determined that Hamilton resident Kathryn Jones was the winner after searching through transaction history and security camera footage from the Shoppers Drug Mart in Cambridge where the winning CAD$50 million ticket was sold.
During the investigation, lottery officials came to the conclusion that a ticket purchased for $16 contained the jackpot winning numbers from the draw on November 30 2012. Jones was the only person to buy a $16 ticket from the Shoppers Drug Mart on that day and, as she was able to produce a credit card statement that confirmed she had indeed purchased a ticket for $16, officials named her as the missing winner.
Jones, who works as an engineer, admits that she lost the ticket and despite searching for it, still has no idea where it is. Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Jones said that she is “very grateful that the OLG took the initiative to contact me.”
Although officials are positive Jones is the CAD$50 million winner, they will hold the prize for another 30 days in line with Ontario Lottery rules.
While carrying out an investigation on this scale is rare, it is not unprecedented and California Lottery has started to release surveillance pictures to try and locate ticket holders before their prizes expire. Using this technique, the CA Lottery has found both a $52 million Mega Millions jackpot winner and a $23 million SuperLotto Plus jackpot winner.
Jones’s case proves how important it is to keep hold of any tickets and only discard of them once the numbers have been thoroughly checked. To avoid missing out on a lottery prize, LotteryWorld advises players to sign the back of their tickets, keep them in a safe place and check the numbers immediately after each draw. Tickets can be checked in person at an authorized lottery retailer or online at Lottery.net.