The $50 million Lotto Max jackpot was finally won in the weekly draw held on March 14 after a month of no matching ticket numbers. But a week after the prize was confirmed to be won the winner has yet to come forward to claim the life changing prize.
The March 14 draw saw 18 winning prizes awarded – the main jackpot prize, as well as 17 of the MaxMillions side prizes valued at $1 million apiece. The MaxMillions prizes will be distributed to winners across Canada whose tickets matched the numbers drawn for MaxMillions.
Lotto Max has confirmed to the BCLC that the jackpot winner is somewhere in British Columbia, which is only the second $50 million jackpot awarded in the west coast province. The winner must visit the BCLC headquarters to validate their identity, and submit the winning ticket for processing before claiming the prize.
Chris Fairclough, a spokesperson for BCLC, says the winner does have up to a full year to claim the prize. Fairclough says many people take a few days, sometimes weeks to process being an instant millionaire before coming forward to claim the money.
“We’ve seen people come in the first day after the draw; we’ve seen people come in 48 weeks after the draw.”
As for the March 21 draw last night, there was no winner of the new Lotto Max jackpot. This means the money will roll over into the draw on March 28, and Lotto Max predicts the jackpot will reach $48 million for the end of the month draw. Should that prize remain unclaimed next week, the jackpot will reach $50 million again, and new MaxMillions prizes will be up for grabs as well.