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$10-million lotto ticket sold in St. Catharines – but winner can’t claim prize

Someone, somewhere, has 10 million reasons for wanting to claim the winning Lotto Max jackpot ticket from Friday’s draw that was sold in St. Catharines.

But they can’t. Not yet.

Ontario Lottery and Gaming’s Toronto prize centre has been closed since mid-March due to COVID-19. Whoever has the $10-million ticket will have to hold onto it for a while still.

“Our advice to the ticket holder is, validate that ticket. Get it into the system,” said OLG spokeswoman Dita Kuhtey.

“Sign it if you haven’t already, keep it in a safe place and we will let the public know when the prize centre is open to the public.”

That goes for all prize-winning tickets worth more than $10,000. Kuhtey said winning tickets can be validated at any outlet that sells them.

“If it’s validated and you sign it, there are a number of measures on that ticket to ensure that . it gets into the system and you can prove ownership of that ticket.

“We do have a lost ticket policy and process.”

According to olg.ca, the winning Lotto Max number from Friday, June 19, was 3, 12, 17, 22, 29, 31 and 48, with 8 as the bonus number.

In Ontario, vendors are paid a percentage from every ticket they sell, though there is something extra if they sell a big winner.

For the $10-million ticket, Kuhtey said, the vendor will receive $1,000. Normally they get an extra $100 for every week the jackpot wasn’t won, but this was the first week for this prize.

By comparison, the biggest jackpots in Canadian history were about $70 million. It has happened three times.

“Anecdotally, I would say of all the jackpot-winning tickets . (many) check their tickets the next morning and know right away they have a winning ticket,” she said.

“But lots and lots of our winning ticket holders like to take their time, share the news with their family, make some plans and talk to their bank or financial adviser . to plan to claim this life-changing prize.”

Jake Rigby, who has worked at the Avondale store on Ontario Street near Carlton Street for two years, said he sees more customers coming in after a major prize winner was sold there.

He sold a $10,000 winner there in 2018, and in January the manager sold a $100,000 winning ticket. Rigby doesn’t know where the $10-million winner was sold, only that it wasn’t at the store where he works.

“When they notice the sign (placed by OLG when a big prize was sold there) they kind of flock in, but our store is pretty consistently busy with them anyway,” Rigby said.

NOTE: This story has been edited to clarify that the winning ticket was not sold at the Avondale store on Ontario Street.

A lucky buyer of a big-jackpot Lotto Max ticket is being told to hang onto it because the OLG prize centre remains closed due to COVID-19.

Man Wins $10 Million Lottery Prize From Scratch-Off Ticket Purchased at Burbank CVS

Posted: Feb 19, 2020 / 10:48 AM PST / Updated: Feb 19, 2020 / 10:48 AM PST

A man became an instant multimillionaire after a scratch-off ticket purchased in Burbank won a $10 million prize, lottery officials announced Wednesday.

An Ultimate Millions ticket is seen in a photo released by the California Lottery on Feb. 19, 2020.

Karpis Kasabian bought the $30 Ultimate Millions Scratchers at the CVS Pharmacy located at 1015 North San Fernando Blvd., according to a California Lottery news release.

The ticket proved to be worth the game’s maximum prize of $10 million.

The CVS location will get a $50,000 retailer bonus.

But Kasabian wasn’t the only lucky lottery player in L.A. County to win a million-dollar prize recently.

Joel Choe, a 33-year-old maintenance worker, also won $1 million from a scratch-off game, according to lottery officials.

The winning $10 Season’s Greetings Scratchers was purchased at Victoria Plaza Liquor, which is located at 4226 West Pico Blvd. in the Mid-City area of Los Angeles.

Choe has previously won smaller amounts of money playing the lottery, but nothing close to this.

“It just means better days,” he said in the release. “I want to hang back for a little bit and take some time before deciding what to do next.”

Victoria Plaza Liquor will receive a $5,000 retailer bonus.

Kasabian and Choe declined further comment and no additional information would be released, lottery officials said.

A man became an instant multimillionaire after a scratch-off ticket purchased in Burbank won a $10 million prize, lottery officials announced Wednesday. Karpis Kasabian bought the $30 Ultimate Millions Scratchers at the CVS Pharmacy located at 1015 North San Fernando Blvd., according to a California Lottery news release. The ticket proved to be worth the […]