Unclaimed Lotto Max Ticket Worth 1 Million Dollars

Unclaimed Lotto Max TicketClock ticking on unclaimed Lotto Max ticket

Saturday August 06, 2011 is the last day for a mystery lottery ticket winner to come forward and claim a $1 million prize.

The winning Lotto Max ticket was bought on Aug. 6 of last year somewhere in Dartmouth. Time is running out for the winner to collect his or her winnings — after a year, the money goes back into the pot.

Barry Diamond said he always checks his lottery tickets, so he’s sure he’s not the mystery Lotto Max winner.

“I can’t believe even buying a ticket if you don’t check it,” he said Friday.

But when he heard that someone who won $1 million hasn’t come forward yet, even he wants to be certain.

“Maybe I should check it again, should I?” Diamond asked.

Betty Giberson also doubts herself.

“I’m gonna go look in all my old purses,” she said. “Right tonight.”

Unclaimed lotto tickets of this value are very rare. Lotto Max officials said that in the past three years they’ve haven’t seen a $1 million winning ticket go unclaimed.

This ticket expires at 10 p.m. on Saturday, so the winner should call Lotto Max as soon as possible.

Toronto Nursing Home Workers Win $15M Lottery Prize

Lotto Max TicketThirty-four Toronto nursing home workers sang, dance and cheered as they showed up to claim a $15 million lottery prize on Friday.

Naomi Konadu said she’ll never forget her reaction when she discovered she and her co-workers had won the jackpot in the July 22 Lotto Max.

“I started jumping up and down and screaming in the store!”

Konadu rushed to work to share the news of the big win – that’s when the others started singing and dancing for joy. They’ve been at it ever since.

The workers will end up with about $500,000 each.

Henrietta McMahon says she won’t spend it all at once. But she does have her eye on one thing.

“I always wanted a Hummer H3,” she said.

But Konadu is considering something a little sleeker.

“I’m thinking about my red sports car. That’s all. A two-seater with my laundry on the side so nobody can ride in it with me,” she laughed.

But in spite of their winnings they all agree on one thing.

“We all going back to work tomorrow,” said Konadu.

And Paulet Patrick says they’ll keep playing the same numbers.

“Oh yes, we gonna get struck by lightning again,” she said. “Oh yes, you’ll see us again.”

Lottery Dream Home And A Nasty Divorce

Lottery Dream HomeWinning a lottery dream home in a lottery was not enough to rescue a tumultuous marriage and instead the fancy digs became the focus of a messy divorce case.

In a decision published this week to an online legal database, a Saskatoon judge has determined how the home, valued at $710,000, should be divided.

Justice Geoffrey Dufour said the husband will get to buy-out the wife’s interest in the lottery dream home, move her out and move himself and their sons in.

The judge noted the couple had been married for 19 years but “it was stormy and punctuated by not infrequent periods of separation.”

During one separation period the husband, Michael, bought a lottery ticket and won a fully furnished lottery dream home.

The couple tried getting back together in the new place, but that did not last more than a few months.

Justice Dufour noted that the wife, Rhonda, wound up living in the 2,500 square-foot lottery dream home by herself.

“Michael testified that he was forced out of the lottery dream home without warning and in a startling fashion,” Dufour wrote. According to the decision, Rhonda made a complaint to police that she had been physically assaulted. That led to charges against Michael and an interim order that he stay 200 metres away from Rhonda.

When that case went to trial, Michael was acquitted.

“I can only conclude that Rhonda gave a false statement to the police,” Dufour said in his decision on the divorce. “This was a very effective way to have the lottery dream home all to herself: make a false allegation of assault and have Michael charged with a criminal offence so that he would have to stay away. Neat trick. A model of efficiency.”

The judge noted that while Rhonda enjoyed living in the large lottery dream home, Michael and the sons slept, for a time, in sleeping bags on the family room floor at his mother’s house.

“Rhonda chose to live in luxury while Michael lived in cramped quarters with two and sometimes three of their sons,” the judge said.

Based on that, and Michael’s offer to buy-out Rhonda, the judge said Michael should get the house and Rhonda would have pay “occupation rent” and vacate by the end of September.

In order to equalize the division, the judgment said Michael should pay Rhonda $247,370. He is also obligated to pay monthly spousal support.

The judge said the equalization amount takes into account a number of other debts, assets and personal property the couple had.

Lottery Jackpot Winners Colin and Chris Weir Win A Record £162m

Lottery Jackpot Winners Colin and Chris WeirA Scottish couple out of work due to ill health have been unveiled as Europe’s biggest ever lottery jackpot winners, scooping £162 million ($262 million) in the EuroMillions lottery jackpot.

Colin Weir, 64, and his wife Chris, 55, who have been married for 30 years and live in the seaside town of Largs near Glasgow, claimed the prize after Tuesday’s draw which followed a series of rollovers.

The money catapulted them into 430th place in this year’s Sunday Times Rich List for Britain, nine places beneath footballer David Beckham and his fashion designer wife Victoria Beckham, who have an official fortune of £165 ($266 million).

“We were tickled pink,” Chris Weir, a former psychiatric nurse, said as the couple faced the press for the first time after waiving their right to anonymity.

“I even had a glass of white wine, which is something I normally only do at Christmas. It really is unbelievable.”

Colin Weir, a former TV cameraman and studio manager, appeared slightly dazed by the attention.

“When we first realised we had won, it felt like a dream. But it feels like a good thing; something we should not be afraid of but for us to enjoy with the children,” he said.

The Weirs said they will buy homes for their daughter Carly, 24, a photography student, and their son Jamie, 22, who works in a call centre. Their children will also take their first driving lessons, they said.

They said they wanted to see the Great Wall of China and Uluru in Australia, as well as art galleries in Paris and Russia, while Colin, a fan of Spanish football, hopes to see Barcelona play from a personal box at the Camp Nou stadium.

The Weirs said they had both had several serious health conditions in recent years and have been unable to work.

Colin Weir suffered a leg injury and rheumatoid arthritis while Chris Weir worked in nursing for 37 years before quitting three years ago due to poor health.

The couple said they would have preferred not to go public but did not think they could keep their lottery jackpot win secret, although they said they hoped their new-found wealth would not change them.

“We are not flashy people,” she said. Her husband added: “With wealth comes great responsibility.”

The lottery jackpot makes them richer than former Beatle Ringo Starr, who is worth £150 million ($242 million), and singer Tom Jones who is on £140 million ($226 million), according to the Rich List.

The previous British record lottery jackpot holder, who won £113 million ($182 million) in October last year, chose to remain anonymous.

The EuroMillions lottery, launched in 2004, is now played by nine countries across western Europe: Austria, Belgium, Britain, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland.

Unclaimed Lottery Ticket Set To Expire

Unclaimed Lottery TicketAn unclaimed lottery ticket worth $1M is set to expire.

A winning Lotto Max ticket worth $1 million was sold somewhere in Dartmouth in August.

Atlantic Lottery officials are reminding people to check their lottery tickets because there’s at least one person who’s sitting on a winning ticket worth $1 million.

Sarah McBeath, a spokeswoman for Atlantic Lottery, said a winning Lotto Max ticket worth $1 million was sold somewhere in Dartmouth in August. The prize has never been claimed.

“The Lotto Max jackpot was $50 million and there was an additional 32 $1 million prizes that were drawn,” said McBeath.

“These prizes are called Maxmillions and so these Maxmillions prizes are individually drawn. That means there were 32 draws for $1 million each.”

The winner of the $1 million prize has until the one year anniversary – Aug. 6, 2011 – to claim the prize.

Christina Murphy, who works at Mackay’s Pharmasave in Dartmouth, said she has been telling her customers for a while about the unclaimed prize.

“I said, ‘You know what? Go home, check your tickets, all of your old tickets. Bring them in, validate them, you could have a winning $1-million ticket,’” she said.

Murphy isn’t convinced her store was the one that sold the winning ticket, but she said that didn’t stop her from crossing her fingers and hoping she was the winner.

“I’ve checked everything, everywhere. In my house, tore it apart, upside down, just in case,” Murphy said, laughing.

“No luck. No luck at all.”

The winning numbers are: 6, 23, 26, 30, 34, 36 and 41.

Atlantic Lottery officials said there is a second unclaimed lottery ticket of a $1 million prize in the form of a Mega Millions scratch ticket drawn on Nov. 22, 2010. That will also expire on the one year anniversary.

Free Lottery Ticket Wins Jackpot

Free Lottery TicketA free lottery ticket has turned into a $22.6-million jackpot for a Toronto area woman.

Vivian Leung won a complimentary ticket off a $5 bet in May and used it in time for the massive Lotto Max draw last Friday.

The 49-year-old Richmond Hill, Ont., resident, who came to Canada from China 27 years ago, said she was simply trying to “keep calm” Thursday as she stood beaming for reporters with her oversized cheque at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s downtown Toronto prize centre.

Leung, who manages a store that sells hair products, said she didn’t know what to make of the eight-figure number that flashed on the ticket-checking machine after she scanned her ticket.

“There were too many numbers there, so I thought it’s not real,” she said.

The store attendant had to convince her the ticket was a winner, said Leung, who intends to keep working.

“It’s the biggest OLG win since a $50-million jackpot – the largest the lottery agency allows -was claimed in March by three employees at a downtown Toronto bakery.”

Leung said she wants to share the money with her family, and with one person in particular – her 85-year-old dad.

She said she plans to move him from Edmonton, where he lives alone, to an apartment near the home she shares with her cousin’s family just outside Toronto.

But first she has to let her father know his daughter is Canada’s newest multimillionaire.

“He has high blood pressure so I’ll have to tell him slowly,” she said.

She always wanted to live with him but said couldn’t afford it. Now she plans to fly him to Toronto on a first-class plane ticket.

“For him? It must be.”

She said her windfall prize will feel real “as soon as I cash the money.”

“Even for myself I don’t really believe it.”

By William Campbell, The Canadian Press

33 Million Lotto Payout

Judge orders $33M lotto payout to oilfield worker after case stuck in court

EDMONTON – An Edmonton oilfield worker is planning to disappear for a while with his $33-million lottery win now that a judge has ruled the money is legally his.

Mike Hayduk cashed in the winning Lotto Max ticket on April 28 but wasn’t given a cent because others came forward to claim the prize and tied the matter up in court.

Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Denny Thomas dismissed Wednesday the last of six claims from people who said they Lotto Payouthad purchased the ticket but it was lost or stolen.

Hayduk’s lawyer, Mark Olivieri, said his client had been stressed over the legal battle and the overwhelming responsibility of what to do with so much money.

“His head has been spinning ever since he won the big prize so he just needs some time to gather his thoughts and hopefully get some more legal advice.”

Hayduk is married with two children and “definitely needs” the money, said Olivieri.

He said some of the others fighting for the lottery prize simply made honest mistakes.

One man thought he lost the winning ticket in a friend’s car. Two believed they tossed it in the trash. And another pair of co-workers got nervous when the person in charge of their group lotto pool didn’t show up at the office for a few days.

They all dropped out of the civil case before it reached the judge.

Ted Baltoussen, the last man standing, told court last week he didn’t remember where he bought his ticket.

But when he went to check his numbers at a Mac’s convenience store, the clerk had wide eyes and looked nervous. He believes the clerk swiped his ticket and gave him back a losing one.

Baltoussen said he contacted the Western Canada Lottery Corp. about his concerns and didn’t know his name had been added to the court case.

He was prepared to fight it out, but the judge refused to hear more from him because he hadn’t filed the necessary court documents.

Thomas also criticized the lottery corporation for bringing such a flimsy case to court. He said the corporation should do a better job investigating the claims before asking the court to intervene.

Spokeswoman Andrea Marantz said the lottery corporation doesn’t have the power to compel people to give them information like the courts can.

She said few lotto wins actually end up before a judge, perhaps one each year. But with every draw, the higher the payout, the more people call with inquiries.

“We’ll have people say things to us like, ‘It’s going to keep me up at night if I don’t know that it couldn’t have been mine.’ ”

Marantz said a lot of people think they have lost winning tickets. They’re questioned about where and when they bought their ticket, then assured they haven’t won.

“They’re kind of laughing at themselves. By far, the most are very legitimate and they just want some reassurance.”

Of course, there are scammers, she said. “Once people are confronted — ‘Well, just a minute. We have pretty good indication that this wasn’t your ticket alone,’ or something like that — people will back off very quickly.”

Marantz said there used to be an unspoken “finders-keepers” rule with lottery tickets, but ownership is now defined at the point of purchase. That’s why lottery officials encourage players to sign the backs of their tickets as soon as they buy them.

“It would solve all these problems,” she said.

Scratch Ticket Millionaire Won’t Leave The Holiday Inn Bar

Scratch Ticket MillionaireA St. John’s woman is a million dollars richer thanks to a winning scratch ticket.

Barbara Power has never won more than $250 in all the years she has bought tickets. This week that changed dramatically but Power, 65, told CBC News that she isn’t ready to make any big changes yet.

“I’m going to pay my mortagage off… invest a lot of it and give my kids $1.50, each,” she said laughing.

Power hasn’t even given up her part-time job at the Holiday Inn bar in St. John’s.

“I think some of the employees think I’m quitting, but I’m back to work tonight. It’s part of my social life and I enjoy it,” she said.

Woman Finds Winning Lotto MAX Ticket

LOTTO MAXIf Elgin resident Wendy Mallette had waited only a few more weeks to do her spring cleaning, she would have been too late to claim a $500,000 lottery prize.

Mallette was cleaning out a drawer a few weeks ago and found a LOTTO MAX ticket dating back almost a year to the June 18, 2010 draw. After checking the ticket at a local retailer, Mallette discovered that it was a winning ticket for half of a MAXMILLIONS prize worth $500,000. It was just in the nick of time, as players have one year from the original draw date to claim a prize. Mallette’s winning ticket would have expired on June 18, 2011 – only a few weeks away.

“When I first found out that I had won $500,000, I was stunned with the realization that I could have lost it all if I hadn’t checked this ticket when I did,” explained Mallette, at the OLG Toronto Prize Centre to claim her prize.

The June 18, 2010 LOTTO MAX draw had 45 additional $1 million MAXMILLIONS prizes up for grabs in addition to a $50 million jackpot. Mallette split a MAXMILLIONS prize with another winning ticket in British Columbia. It was one of 15 winning MAXMILLIONS tickets in Ontario.

Mallette plans to pay off all her debts with her windfall.

Further information about claiming lottery prizes is available online at http://www.olg.ca/lotteries/guide/claiming.jsp.

MAXMILLIONS are added to LOTTO MAX when the jackpot reaches an estimated $50 million. MAXMILLIONS prizes are drawn separately from the LOTTO MAX jackpot draw, which means that a LOTTO MAX ticket not only gives players a chance at $50 million but also the chance to win any of the $1 million MAXMILLIONS draws on the same date.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG lotteries, casinos, slots, and resort casinos have generated more than $32 billion for the benefit of the Province of Ontario.  Gaming proceeds support Ontario’s hospitals, amateur sport, recreational and cultural activities, communities, provincial priority programs such as health care and education, and local and provincial charities and non-profit organizations through the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

TORONTO, May 26, 2011 /CNW/

Group of 24 Claims Lottery Prize

Lottery Prize$386,937.40 lottery prize pending mandatory 30-day withholding

Congratulations to a Group of 24 who won $386,937.40 from the Lotto Max draw on January 28, 2011.

The group members are:

Lap-Kin Cheng of Barrie
Anne Doherty of Barrie
Astrid Thiesen of Barrie
Carolyn Thomas of Barrie
Carrie Teeter of Barrie
David Leach of Barrie
Donald Plant of St George
Douglas Kehl of Barrie
Erica Fortin of Barrie
Janet Hayes of Barrie
Jason R Lapenna of Barrie
Jeannette MacDonald of Barrie
Jillian Ford of Barrie
Johan Klepp of Barrie
Katherine Renate Tittel of Barrie
Kenneth McGowan of Barrie
Kyle Macleod of Barrie
Melissa Beth McCron of Barrie
Patricia Sexton of Barrie
Russell Bown of Barrie
Ryan Rea-Paulus of Barrie
Sandra Baker of Barrie
Shannon Leah O’Connell of Barrie
Shirley Cuthbert of Barrie

As group member MacDonalds’s daughter is an employee at an OLG retail location, this lottery prize falls within OLG’s definition of an Insider Win.

Major prize claims by Insiders are subject to an independent investigation.  This investigation has been completed and the prize claim has been approved for payment.  The payment of prizes to Insiders is held for 30 days to allow anyone with concerns regarding the prize to come forward.  The prize claim is publicly announced through this news release which is also posted on OLG.ca.  Anyone having a concern regarding a prize claim may contact OLG at 1-800-387-0098, seven days a week, from 8a.m. – 9p.m.

The ticket was purchased at Bayfield Esso located on Bayfield St. in Barrie. This lottery prize will be paid to the claimant on June 8, 2011 based on the 30-day wait period.

For more information on Related Parties and Insider Wins, please visit the Winner News Releases page in the Media Centre on OLG.ca

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG lotteries, casinos, slots, and resort casinos have generated more than $32 billion for the benefit of the Province of Ontario.  Gaming proceeds support Ontario’s hospitals, amateur sport, recreational and cultural activities, communities, provincial priority programs such as health care and education, and local and provincial charities and non-profit organizations through the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

TORONTO, May 9 /CNW/