Lotto winners laying low in Barrie, Ont.
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BARRIE, ONT. – The owners of a $21-million lottery ticket are laying low. Or they don’t yet realize they’re millionaires.
“Usually, they come in quite quickly,” said Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation spokesman Tony Bitonti. “Sometimes they wait.”
The winning ticket for Friday night’s Lotto Max jackpot was purchased from a Barrie, Ont.-area vendor. Barrie is located north of Toronto.
Typically, lottery winners contact the prize centre or go directly to the OLG Toronto prize centre to collect their winnings.
They might also show up at a retailer to check their numbers. If the retailer’s terminal confirms winnings of $5,000 or more, the terminal freezes and OLG officials are automatically alerted.
Lotto ticket winners are interviewed before any cheques are handed out. They’re asked where they purchased their ticket and when and how often they play the same numbers.
The prize claim review process helps lottery officials determine the ticket holder is the legal winner.
“We do know where it’s been purchased…. it’s part of our prize verification process,” said Bitonti.
Ontario’s been on a bit of a winning streak lately.
Last week, a couple from Oshawa claimed the $50-million Lotto Max jackpot.
Since September 2009, Ontario Lotto Max players have won more than $965 million.
There have been some cases of winners not claiming their prizes. They range from $10,000 to $200,000. Winners have a year in which to alert officials they have the winning ticket.
Originally posted by MARG. BRUINEMAN, QMI AGENCY on
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