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.