The prize in question was won on November 30, 2012 by a ticket purchased in the Cambridge area which matched all seven main numbers, which were 3 â€“ 10 â€“ 13 â€“ 23 â€“ 31 â€“ 41 â€“ 45, to win the CAD$50 million prize.
With the expiry date failing on a Saturday, lottery officials have extended the date to Monday December 2 2013, giving the winner a few extra days to try and find that all-important piece of paper.
In addition to the unclaimed jackpot, the second tier Lotto Max prize from the same draw also has yet to be claimed. The prize is worth CAD$311,560 and was won by a ticket purchased in Orillia. This ticket holder also has until Monday to claim the prize before it expires.
Unclaimed Lotto Max prizes are common but, according to Ontario Lottery Spokesman Tony Bitoni, having two unclaimed prizes both from the same draw is rare. Speaking to CTVNews, he said: â€œWe do have unclaimed tickets from year to year, but it’s quite strange for two of the top prizes to go unclaimed for one specific draw.â€
With the deadline for these two prizes looming, players are advised to check tickets from this draw to see if they are one of the missing winners. Should the owner of the winning CAD$50 million top prize fail to come forward, the prize will set a record for the largest unclaimed prize in Canadian Lottery history.
If both prizes expire, the money will go back into the Ontario Lottery prize fund and be used on future lottery prizes.
These arenâ€™t the only unclaimed lottery prizes seen this month as a Powerball jackpot prize worth $16 million, won by a ticket purchased in Florida, expired just last week. Efforts to locate the winning ticket holder and unite them with their $16 million windfall proved unsuccessful, causing 80% of the prize to be donated to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund and 20% to be added to Florida Lotteryâ€™s prize pool.by
Updated February 17th, 2015