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Lottery tracks down $50 million winner who lost ticket

Topic closed. 55 replies. Last post 3 years ago by iwantthejackpot.

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Posted: December 6, 2013, 7:01 am - IP Logged

Congratulations and a very Merry Christmas to the Jones family.

Now this scenerio what if the credit card had been stolen and she didn't buy the ticket but the "bad" person did, who could claim the ticket?

    RedStang's avatar - tallman zps6gf4inoc.jpg
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    Posted: December 6, 2013, 10:49 am - IP Logged

    NY has a mill doll ticket that expires on 1/5/14. If they have video, they should post the pic. But i'm sure the state coffers want to keep this hush hush.

      NJJim's avatar - Lottery-026.jpg
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      Posted: December 6, 2013, 1:52 pm - IP Logged

      Wow, she is extremely lucky that they were trying to find her. But my question is, this was while investigating a claim, so THAT claim was bogus?  That claim knew all the details including the fact that the tickets were purchased with a credit card at a specific time?  WHO was that?  Only one that could have known all that info was the store owners where it was purchased, right?  The lottery company tells the retailer it was bought at their store, so maybe it was the actual clerk on duty trying to claim, but couldn't because obviously they would ID him/her as an inside job. 

      I thought maybe she purchased other items with the CCard while paying cash for the tickets.  Wow, you can pay for gambling with credit cards ... I guess it's been that way with the casinos, or maybe that's cash advances.  It seems like a recipe for disaster to allow credit card debt to pile up for compulsive gamblers, but problem gamblers will find the money one way or another.  Good for her - I hope she weathers all the beggars and scammers that will descend upon her like locusts.

      Seems so simple: three digits, 168 to one odds when boxed... all you have to do is pick the right ones!

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        Posted: December 6, 2013, 2:14 pm - IP Logged

        WOW!!!! Congratulation to Mrs. Kathryn Jones and her family.

        I Love Pink & Green 1908

          dallascowboyfan's avatar - tiana the-princess-and-the-frog.jpg
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          Posted: December 6, 2013, 2:18 pm - IP Logged

          In Texas you can use a debit card because it allows the customer to input their pin.

          Yep I have used my debit card buying tickets in Texas.

          I Love Pink & Green 1908

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            Posted: December 6, 2013, 3:07 pm - IP Logged

            Credit card purchase key to tracking down winner

            An unbelievable set of circumstances have come together for Kathryn Jones, who won $50 million from an unclaimed Lotto Max prize drawn a year ago — a win for which she lost the ticket and never checked the numbers.

            The Hamilton woman had absolutely no clue she could be a winner when Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation officials showed up at her door a while back wanting to talk to her, she said Tuesday at a news conference at the OLG headquarters in Toronto.

            Jones said she and her husband, Richard, weren't sure they even wanted to let the officials into the house until they showed identification and convinced her they were the real deal.

            "I honestly thought, 'You've got the wrong person,'" she recalled.

            They asked her about her buying pattern for Lotto tickets, whether she still had her ticket, and a few other questions before she had to rush out and leave them to talk further with her husband. She had to leave for a business trip and the cab taking her to the airport had arrived, she said.

            It wasn't until the next day, when she spoke to Richard, that she learned he had checked the OLG website and learned there was an unclaimed prize of $50 million from around the time she bought her ticket at a Shoppers Drug Mart on Dundas St. in Cambridge, where she works as an engineer.

            "I kept thinking: This is unreal. It must be a mistake," said Jones, 55.

            She still doesn't know where the ticket is, though she has since searched her house thoroughly. "It's not there."

            The OLG found her after investigating a claim they had received for the unclaimed $50 million prize. That months-long investigation led them to Jones.

            They knew exactly where, what day, and at what time the ticket was purchased. They also knew it was the only $16 ticket purchase that day at the Shoppers Drug Mart, and that the $16 ticket contained the winning jackpot numbers from the Nov. 30, 2012, Lotto Max draw.

            Equally important, they knew it was paid for with a credit card. That's how they found Jones, who said she normally buys Lotto tickets randomly, and with cash. But that day, she had purchased a few other items at the drugstore and decided to pay the full bill by credit card, she said.

            Investigators also obtained the store's video surveillance, which shows Jones buying the ticket at the precise time the winning ticket was purchased.

            Since the announcement of the winning ticket on Nov. 30 of last year, 435 people inquired about the prize, but Jones never did.

            Had she paid with cash, they might not have found her, said Mike Hamel, head of OLG's corporate investigations. Using a credit card "made it a lot easier" to find her, he said.

            It is the first time OLG has approached a lottery winner instead of the other way around.

            On Thursday, Nov. 28, lottery officials certified Jones as the winner.

            It also conducted an independent review after learning Jones' sister owns a retail outlet in Ottawa that sells OLG lottery tickets.

            There are no issues preventing a prize payout to Jones, other than a 30-day waiting period for OLG to publicize the claim to make sure no one else comes forward. If there are no additional valid claims in the 30 days, Jones will receive her prize in January.

            She is still in disbelief and said she hasn't thought about what she might do with the money or whether she'll quit her job.

            She was joined after the OLG news conference by Richard Jones, 54, also an engineer, who works in Hamilton.

            "It's been a great story... who would have thought?" he said. "It's only been the last few days we've known for sure."

            Kathy Jones said the couple told their two grown children — both in university — on the weekend about the win. "My son gave me a lecture on being responsible," she said. But other than that, he's more concerned about getting through exams right now, she said.

            She said she is "extremely appreciative and very thankful" of the OLG investigation. "It's incredible."

            She also said the family would like to live as normally as possible over the next month and through the Christmas holidays.

            Rod Phillips, OLG's president and CEO, when asked if there's something peculiar about Hamilton to produce as many lottery winners as it has lately, jovially said, "We've been wondering that ourselves. Must be the clean living . . . I think they're just lucky."

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            She is still in disbelief and said she hasn't thought about what she might do with the money or whether she'll quit her job.


            Well I hope she quits her job, otherwise she may be ostracized by some members of the LP community.

            And God fobid she goes back to college, gets a better job, and ruins the economy for unemployed people.Evil Looking

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              Posted: December 6, 2013, 3:12 pm - IP Logged

               This is not right. What if the ticket fell out of her purse when she walked out of the store and someone came along and saw it and picked it up. Since tickets are a bearer instrument whoever has the ticket should be entitled to the jackpot as long as they didn't steal it. What if now someone comes forward with the ticket? how would they deny them the jackpot? this sets a bad precedence. You should have to actually have the physical ticket to be able to claim the prize.

              Well if this happens, then the prize should be split 50/50.

              But this is a good reason for online lottery purchases. 

              Play online, with a credit card.

              If somebody wins, then there is record of the transaction and money can be deposited directly into my account.

              All I have to worry about is getting stoned by members of LP if I decide to go back to work the next day.Evil Looking

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                Posted: December 6, 2013, 8:30 pm - IP Logged

                Good luck everyone. I'm in it to win it....Party

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                  Posted: December 6, 2013, 8:44 pm - IP Logged

                  That's awesome..

                  "No matter how bad things may get, I'd like to thank my middle finger

                  for always sticking up for me.."


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                    Posted: December 6, 2013, 10:02 pm - IP Logged

                    What's interesting about this story is that she paid by credit card as they certainly don't allow that to go on in any state I've played.   I wonder if they meant debit card but it could be different in Canada.

                    Debit or credit card are both the same in this case they can track you down with either . Have always said this b4 they should have id scanners for lottery tickets and a box that says mark this if you want us to surprise you when we knock on your door. The lottery should be able to track down any player since we have alot of old people that don't remember they ever bought a ticket. Canada is always ahead of america when it comes to giving you money that belongs to you. There are so many states in america so hungry and desperate for cash that looking for you is the last thing in their mind.Surrender

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                      Posted: December 9, 2013, 7:44 am - IP Logged

                      Yay! Congrats to this very lucky family! Just last month there was a $16 million Mega Millions ticket in Florida that expired. No Nod