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Ontario lottery to investigate 'suspicious' $24.5M win

Ontario Lottery and Gaming CorporationOntario Lottery and Gaming Corporation: Ontario lottery to investigate 'suspicious' $24.5M win

The $24.5 million Lotto 6/49 win by workers at Powco Steel has been classified as "a suspicious win" by Ontario gaming officials after another potential winner came forward.

On Thursday, 27 employees of the Barrie company, which manufactures light stands and poles, spent the day at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. in Toronto hoping to collect their prize. But they left empty-handed so officials could conduct the standard checks.

Yesterday, another claim was made for the big prize.

"We had a call from an individual who says he believes he's also able to claim on that winning ticket," OLG spokesman Jim Cronin said.

The case has now been handed off to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.

"The OLG has deemed this as a suspicious win and it's been forwarded to the OPP bureau attached to our agency for investigation," AGCO spokesman Lisa Murray said.

They declined to identify who made the claim.

Powco general manager Darrin Manley, one of the winners, said he believes the person making the claim to share the prize has worked at the plant for about 15 years and is on vacation in Poland.

"He called me too, and I believe it was an oversight on our part that he was missed on the list," Manley said, adding the group still isn't happy about leaving Toronto without cheques.

"It wasn't like the commercial at all," he said.

Powco employees Karen Hodgins, Dora Reame and Christina Tyhaar-Barnes hold a photocopy of their $24.5 million 6/49 ticket yesterday.

Toronto Sun

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JAP69's avatar - alas
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Posted: January 19, 2008, 11:12 pm - IP Logged

Another saga in the world of lottery pools.

    RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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    Posted: January 20, 2008, 12:27 am - IP Logged

    "Powco general manager Darrin Manley, one of the winners, said he believes the person making the claim to share the prize has worked at the plant for about 15 years and is on vacation in Poland."

    If this person was supposed to be on the list of winners and came back from vacation only to find out his co-workers had claimed the prize, split and spent it without him could upset him.

     * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
       
                 Evil Looking       

      ThatScaryChick's avatar - x1MqPuM
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      Posted: January 20, 2008, 1:07 am - IP Logged

      There seems to be more to this story. I hope we hear more about this, after that guy gets back from his vacation.

      "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

        KyMystikal's avatar - 1457224010054
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        Posted: January 24, 2008, 11:26 am - IP Logged

        Powco general manager Darrin Manley, one of the winners, said he believes the person making the claim to share the prize has worked at the plant for about 15 years and is on vacation in Poland.

        "He called me too, and I believe it was an oversight on our part that he was missed on the list," Manley said, adding the group still isn't happy about leaving Toronto without cheques.

        This sounds like a sneaky group trying to cash in the ticket while the other pool member was in another country on vacation or a very large group that could forget one person on the list. This is another reason why I say if you must pool, which I don't like because it almost always leads to trouble, use small amounts like 10 people. I don't see how you forget someone who has been working there 15 years unles that person had just joined the pool group recently and people weren't use to them being in the group.

        I love doubles and remember, it's just a game!!!!!!

          OldSchoolPa's avatar - Lottery-057.jpg
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          Posted: February 3, 2008, 3:38 am - IP Logged

          There have been quite a few slogans that have become popular in our time like, "NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE, or "JUST SAY NO TO..."  Well, I put a lottery spin on them that goes like this:  LOTTERY POOL, NO PEACE and JUST SAY NO TO LOTTERY POOLS. 

          I see the appeal of lottery pools...the average Joe or Jane figures he or she could just throw in a couple bucks in several different pools, thereby imperceptably but psychologically increasing their chances of winning the big jackpot.  But that is where the scheme crumbles because a person in a pool of say 100 people (hello you Sargento Wisconsin jackpot winners) would feel they have a better chance of winning than a person in a pool of 10 or less participants.  But I think it is bad in the end because, in the case of a single winning ticket, instead of being able to enjoy that entire jackpot (in the case of the Sargento winners, it would have been $200M annuity/$100M cash value), you would only get a fractional share of the jackpot (in their case, they netted about $900,000 before taxes).  So you have happen to you what most people would deem a once in a lifetime occurence that is merely fractionalized just because you decided to participate in a pool.  Now if the winning number in that pool was just a QP, no big deal.  But then again, it could have been a single person who happened to just buy a QP that won just as well.  And it would really suck if the pool won from a small series of numbers that one of the players played all the time prior to joining the pool!  So just say no to pools, be happy when the numbers drawn don't match the ones on your ticket, and be extremely happy when they do!

          Get MONEY!!! Winning a JACKPOT lottery is all the HOPE and CHANGE I desire!!!  NOW give me MONEY!US Flag

          The guy who won the presidency in 2008 really won the lottery...he is now millions richer, travels in first class style, and even has a staff that would be the envy of the richest Powerball winner (she has a staff of 2). Every night he goes to sleep, he probably plays the close of Dave Chappelle's Show: I'm rich beyatch!