Kathryn Jones tried to prepare herself for the worst, but now it looks as if she will get the $50 million jackpot in the Ontario provincial lottery, even though she lost her lottery ticket.
“The case of this outstanding $50 million LOTTO MAX jackpot is one of the most unique in OLG’s history,” said Rod Phillips, President and CEO of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) . “I am pleased that we are one step closer to awarding this multi-million dollar prize.”
On November 30, 2012 only one ticket had the winning number. The OLG made extensive efforts to find the winner after determining “the winning ticket at the precise time and precise location confirmed by our transactions database”. Then the OLG decided to approach Jones as the potential winner.
The city of Hamilton resident was not able to find her ticket, but the OLG says she was “able to produce proof of purchase information, including a credit card statement, that showed that she bought a lottery ticket in the amount of $16 at the time and location where the winning ticket was sold.”
According to a press release from the lottery corporation; “If there are no additional valid claims on this prize during this period, it will be paid to the claimant.”
Kathryn Jones is quoted in the same press release: “I am still in shock and very grateful OLG approached me regarding the outstanding $50 million prize. I completely respect OLG’s rules and processes. I now anxiously anticipate the end of the wait period.”
Press release Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) – here
Hamilton Spectator – Hamilton woman wins $50m Lotto Max despite losing her ticket – here
CBC News Hamilton – Hamilton woman loses lotto ticket still set to win $50M – here