The BCLC is advising all lottery players in the community of Langley to check their ticket numbers. A player in the community was confirmed as the sole winner of a $50 million Lotto Max jackpot drawn on March 14, but that winner has yet to come forward to claim the prize.
Under Lotto Max rules, players have up to a full year after the official draw date to claim their winnings. However, the lottery hopes to avoid another yearlong investigation of their own to find the winner, following the controversial conclusion of a similar search for a lottery winner in Ontario.
The jackpot ties the record for the largest lottery jackpot prize ever won in BC. The BCLC says there has never been a main jackpot prize ever left unclaimed in the province’s history, yet there remain several smaller prizes that have yet to be redeemed – including a $1 million prize from a lottery draw on December 13 last fall.
Kevin Gass, Vice President of Lottery Gaming with BCLC, is encouraging all players to come forward with their tickets. Gass is reminding players of the interest they will miss out on by not claiming the prize as soon as possible.
“We would like to remind anyone who purchased a ticket in Langley for the March 14 Lotto Max draw to check their tickets. Our conservative estimate shows the winner could be accruing $2,500 per day had they already come forward to claim their prize.”
Players can redeem their tickets at any lottery retail locations affiliated with the BCLC. Games can also be played by accessing PlayNow.com – BC’s government regulated online casino and gambling network.