TORONTO, Aug. 26 /CNW/ - The skies were blue and the future rosy as an
excited group of twenty-five workers at Bray Motors, a GM dealership in
Sundridge, north of Huntsville, collected $22,572,856 million this morning in
a cheque presentation at the CNE.
Each share is worth $902,914.24 thousand. This prize is half of the
$45,145,712.00 million LOTTO 6/49 jackpot from the Wednesday August 6, 2008
draw. This was the second largest jackpot in Canadian lottery history. The
other half was won in Quebec.
"The morale was good before but now everyone is on cloud nine!" said
Peter Bray, owner of the family run dealership founded in 1951 by his dad.
Peter Bray Sr. still comes in to the shop, and continued to play in the
lottery pool which has been going on for 15 years approximately. He also
collected a share of the prize today.
Fifty-six year old salesman Clarence Hummel took over the pool ten years
ago, and has faithfully purchased and collected money from everyone. It was
Clarence who found out at work on the morning of Thursday Aug 7, that the
group had won big - but it took a trip to the Trout Creek General Store with
four other employees to confirm it and believe it. "Everyone did a bit of a
Happy Dance. It's involuntary - you just do it," laughed Hummel.
Still, with the whole dealership in shock, the consummate salesman went
ahead and delivered a Chevy Malibu to a waiting customer. Clearly his mind
wasn't on the job that morning. "I remember my customer talking to me. I could
see his lips moving but I couldn't hear anything. I had to call him later to
apologize, but he laughed and said he understood." Three more cars were sold
until lunchtime, when Peter Bray decided to close shop and let his excited
employees go home for the day.
The winning ticket was purchased at the One Stop on Ontario Street in
The list of winners is:
Tyler Armstrong of Burks Falls
Robert Vander-Kooy of Burks Falls
Ryan Clelland of Dunchurch
John Davis of Huntsville
Maurice Sutton of Huntsville
Brian Emms of North Bay
Melbourne Heittola of South River
Peter F. M. Bray of South River
Peter Bray of South River
Jill Bray of South River
Christopher Bray of South River
Robert Brown of South River
Janet Walker of South River
Calvin Gray of South River
Ward Whitehead of South River
Donald Page of South River
Stanley Whitehead of South River
Michael Drooff of Sundridge
Harold Frank Hill of Sundridge
Aaron Hill of Sundridge
Brian Murdoch of Sundridge
Budd Brown of Sundridge
Kevin Ladd of Sundridge
Kenneth Clare Buchanan of Sundridge
Clarence Hummel of Trout Creek
Protecting Lottery Customers
Over the past 12 months, OLG has taken significant action toward
protecting lottery customers from theft and fraud. To date, the following
safeguards have been put in place:
- The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is now Ontario's
lottery regulator. Insider and suspicious wins will be investigated
by OPP officers assigned to the AGCO. All calls regarding potential
fraud or theft are routed directly to Investigations.
- Improved training and procedures for OLG investigations of prize
claims made by the general public are now in place.
- A news release is issued for every lottery winner over $10,000 and
the information is posted on OLG's corporate website, OLG.ca for
approximately 30 days. For Insider wins, described as people who
have a perceived influence over the lottery scheme, and people who
sell, redeem and distribute lottery products, or family members
(spouse, children, parents, siblings as well as any other relative
not described here who resides in the same household) of Insiders, a
news release is also distributed and posted on the OLG website for
approximately 30 days and payment of the prize is withheld for that
30 day period to give anyone with concerns about the win, an
opportunity to come forward.
- Self-Serve Ticket Checkers are available at nearly all lottery
terminal retailers for customers to check their own on-line tickets.
- The lottery terminal 'freezes' when a winning ticket worth $10,000
or more is validated. The freeze allows an OLG representative to
immediately call the store to confirm the win with the retailer and
the customer by telephone.
- Enhancements to the lottery terminal Customer-Facing Display Screens
- Jingles and videos that play for a longer time when a winning
ticket is validated, and winning/non-winning messages appear in
a larger print font
- all prize amounts up to $1000 appear on the screen
- prizes over $1000 but less than $10,000 will display a message
instructing the winner to obtain their ticket and claim
- a new video, jingle and voice-over message plays for winning
tickets worth $10,000 or more along with a display indicating
- All on-line tickets are branded along the left side as winning or
non-winning when validated through the terminal.
Effective January 28, 2008 customers must sign their lottery ticket before
it can be validated by the retailer. The front of on-line tickets includes a
signature box and a message further reminding customers to sign their
- Public education campaigns to remind people to sign and check their
tickets and to call our hotline if they had any concerns.
- Our Customer Excellence Centre provides service 7 days a week, from
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 nearly $26 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.
Know your limit, play within it!
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