THE winner of the largest unclaimed lottery jackpot in Canadian history has less than a month to take home the prize.
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation player, who won more than CA$70 million (US$51.6 million), has until June 28 to claim the money.
“We saw that it took people a few months to claim their prize, but now we’re at the end,” said Tony Bitonti, spokesman for the Ontario Lottery CTV NewsToronto.
If the Lotto Max win is not claimed, the money will be used for future games.
The winning ticket was purchased at a store in Scarborough, a suburb just east of Toronto.
However, since the retailer does not have surveillance cameras, lottery officials had no luck in picking the winner.
Now they are asking players to check their clothes, car and any other places where the winning ticket might be left.
“This one is big, and if it goes unclaimed, it will be the largest unclaimed lottery in Canadian lottery history,” Bitonti said.
“Someone bought a ticket to win and they won a prize, so we want to give them that money.”
The winner chose the numbers 8, 19, 22, 41, 42, 46 and 47 with a bonus of 1.
Bitonti said that about 1 percent of Ontario Lottery winnings go unclaimed each year.
This is usually because the winning ticket is lost or postponed, according to the organization.
The largest unclaimed lottery win in US history is worth $162.6 million.
The winning ticket was purchased in Dublin, Virginia – about 200 miles west of Richmond – in March. WRIC reported.
But this winner still has a chance to win the prize. The deadline is August 31st, 180 days after the ticket purchase.
The largest lottery win in US history not claimed before the deadline was worth $77 million.
This winning ticket was purchased in 2011 in Tallapoosa, Georgia, about 60 miles west of Atlanta. CNN reported.