Update: LOTTO MAX $50 Million Jackpot Prize Claim from December 30, 2011 Draw

TORONTO, Jan. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has begun the prize claim review process for the December 30, 2011 LOTTO MAX jackpot of $50 million which is being claimed by a couple from Hawkesbury, Ontario.  As the claimants, JoAnn and Gaetan Champagne, have each been employed as lottery retailers within the past year, their prize claim is subject to OLG's Insider Wins process.

Under this process, the prize claim will be reviewed by OLG, and independently through the province's lottery regulator, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). The payment of prizes to Insiders is held for 30 days to allow anyone with concerns regarding the prize to come forward. The prize claim is publicly announced through a news release which is also posted on OLG.ca. Anyone having a concern regarding a prize claim may contact OLG at 1-800-387-0098.  In respect of the prize review process, OLG does not comment further on a prize claim until the process is complete.

Under the "No Play at Work" policy that came into effect in 2009, OLG retailers cannot purchase, check or redeem their own tickets at their place of employment.  Retailers are permitted to play at other retail locations in the same way as any other customer - from the other side of the counter.  Prizes won on tickets purchased at other retailer locations are subject to the Insider Wins process.

The Champagnes owned and operated Jo's Depanneur in Hawkesbury until October 2011, with Mrs. Champagne continuing to work at the convenience store until recently.  The jackpot-winning ticket was purchased at Pharmaprix in Hawkesbury.

It is the policy of OLG that any Directors, Officers, Partners, Owners, and employees of the Defined Categories (listed below) and their immediate family members, including spouse (whether married or common law relationship), children, parents, siblings and any other relatives who reside with them will be subject to Insider Win process as defined by the Corporation.

It is the responsibility of the Insider to advise OLG of their relationship to OLG upon claiming their prize.

Defined Categories Insiders are classified as any person who, within twelve (12) months prior to the date of a prize claim, is defined as:

  • Retailers of OLG lottery products and all employees or individuals of the retailer who are involved in the sale and redemption of lottery products
  • Interprovincial Lottery Corporation
  • Key Lottery Suppliers to OLG
  • Regulator of Lottery (Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario)
  • Suppliers of Independent Audit, Advisory or Security Services
  • Other Canadian Lottery Jurisdictions
  • An employee of accountable Ontario Government Ministries of the OLG and AGCO:
    • Ministry of Finance (effective July 8, 2009)
    • Ministry of Government Services
    • Ministry of Public Infrastructure and Renewal (pre July 8, 2009)
  • Immediate Family Members and Relatives of an OLG Employee or any other relatives who reside with an OLG Employee

Immediate family members of a defined Insider or any other relatives who reside with the Insider will be treated as Insiders.

For more information on Related Parties and Insider Wins, please visit the Winner News Releases page in the Media Centre on OLG.ca.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG lotteries, casinos, slots, and resort casinos have generated more than $34 billion for the benefit of the Province of Ontario. Gaming proceeds support Ontario's hospitals, amateur sport, recreational and cultural activities, communities, provincial priority programs such as health care and education, and local and provincial charities and non-profit organizations through the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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FACT SHEET: OLG INSIDER WINS PROCESS

Under the "No Play at Work" policy that came into effect in 2009, OLG retailers cannot purchase, check or redeem their own tickets at their place of employment.  Retailers are permitted to play at other retail locations in the same way as any other customer- from the other side of the counter.  Prizes won on tickets purchased at other retailer locations are subject to the Insider Wins process.

An Insider Win occurs where an Insider claims and is paid a lottery prize. Major prize claims by Insiders are subject to an independent investigation through the province's lottery regulator, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. The time required to complete the process varies depending on the details of a specific claim.

The payment of prizes to Insiders is held for 30 days to allow anyone with concerns regarding the prize to come forward. The prize claim is publicly announced through a news release which is also posted on OLG.ca. Anyone having a concern regarding a prize claim may contact OLG at 1-800-387-0098.

It is the policy of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) that any Directors, Officers, Partners, Owners, and employees of the Defined Categories (listed below) and their immediate family members, including spouse (whether married or common law relationship), children, parents, siblings and any other relatives who reside with them will be subject to the Insider Win process as defined by the Corporation.

It is the responsibility of the Insider to advise OLG of their relationship to OLG upon claiming their prize.

Defined Categories

Insiders are classified as any person who, within twelve (12) months prior to the date of a prize claim, is defined as:

  • Retailers of OLG lottery products and all employees or individuals of the retailer who are involved in the sale and redemption of lottery products
  • Interprovincial Lottery Corporation
  • Key Lottery Suppliers to OLG
  • Regulator of Lottery (Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario)
  • Suppliers of Independent Audit, Advisory or Security Services
  • Other Canadian Lottery Jurisdictions
  • An employee of accountable Ontario Government Ministries of the OLG and AGCO:
    • Ministry of Finance (effective July 8, 2009)
    • Ministry of Government Services
    • Ministry of Public Infrastructure and Renewal (pre July 8, 2009)
  • Immediate Family Members and Relatives of an OLG Employee or any other relatives who reside with an OLG Employee

Immediate family members of a defined Insider or any other relatives who reside with the Insider will be treated as Insiders.

SOURCE OLG

For further information:

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1-888-946-6716

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