A lottery winner from Ontario in Canada is still a mystery to lottery officials as they still haven’t claimed their winnings from the Lotto Max draw which took place on Christmas Day.
There was only one winning ticket in the jackpot Lotto Max draw on Friday, December 25th, and that ticket was purchased in Mississauga, just outside of Toronto in southern Ontario and the same town where the largest ever Lotto 649 prize went when it was won back in October. The winner, whoever they turn out to be, has won a huge $60 million jackpot, which is one of the largest prizes that the Lotto Max game has ever paid out, after a stream of $50 million prizes went to Ontarians, including a landscaper from Hamilton in August this year.
There were also 35 tickets in the Christmas Day draw which won a Maxmillions prize worth $1 million each, and 13 of those tickets have been claimed so far, with eleven of them going to single ticket holders and two of them to group purchasers. Eight of those claimants were also in Ontario, the same province where the jackpot winner purchased their tickets, three of them in Québec, three in British Columbia and one in Alberta.
The draw for the next Canadian Lotto Max game will take place on New Year’s Day, this Friday, and the jackpot will be worth approximately $32 million.
Meanwhile, the Lotto Max game is attracting even more mystery on the West Coast of Canada as, just a few weeks after a family finally claimed a $50 million jackpot, a lawsuit has been launched against the lottery organisation asserting that the claimant was in fact the one to purchase the ticket. The ticket in question was purchased for a draw on March 14th 2014, and it took the winner 21 months to make their claim after they tried to take the lottery winnings through a trust and avoid going public and were refused anonymity by lottery officials.
However, now in a lawsuit filed against the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, George Wilson-Tagoe alleges that “employees of BCLC and their cohorts conspired to steal my winning Lotto Max ticket worth $50 million plus 21 months interest.” The retired accountant said that he purchased the ticket at an Esso gas station in Langley, British Columbia, using a set of numbers that he had been playing for years.
He admits that he then lost the ticket, but when the numbers were drawn he called BCLC to explain the situation but was told he was not a winner. The lottery corporation said that it will be filing a defence against the allegations, asserting that it reviewed every inquiry regarding the mystery ticket carefully until it was claimed by its owner.
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