There are currently two multi-million Lotto Max prizes sold in Toronto that have yet to be claimed, OLG says.
One, valued at $55 million, is from Friday’s drawing, and the other, valued at $70 million, was sold on June 28.
In addition to these grand prizes, an encore prize-winning ticket from last night’s drawing worth $100,000 awaits after it was sold somewhere in Chatham-Kent.
The next Lotto Max draw will take place on Tuesday.
WHAT HAPPENS IF NO ONE GOES FOR THE PRIZES?
The winner has one year from the draw date to claim their prize, meaning they have exactly two weeks from today to achieve millionaire status.
In an email to CTV News Toronto, OLG external communications director Tony Bitonti said it’s unusual for a winning ticket this valuable to go unclaimed.
If the $1 million ticket holder doesn’t show up by the two-week deadline, Bitonti said the unclaimed money will be returned to players through future bonus games or promotions.
“It’s rare for a $1 million prize to go unclaimed, it’s usually the smaller prize amounts that go unclaimed,” Bitonti said.
He said that while there are a number of reasons why a winning ticket is not redeemed, it is usually because it has been misplaced or forgotten.
“Many tickets are forgotten in kitchen drawers or in jacket pockets (especially when the seasons change). For example, you buy your ticket on a particularly cold spring day and put it in a jacket pocket, but then the weather gets warm and the jacket goes into the closet and the ticket is forgotten,” he said.
With files from Phil Tsekouras.