TORONTO, Feb. 25 /CNW/ - Mary and John Winkworth of Langton have
14 million new reasons to celebrate after they played and had the winning
numbers for a prize of $14,578,521 from the February 23, 2008 LOTTO 6/49 draw.
"It didn't seem real at first, it was quite shocking," an excited Mary
told OLG Prize Centre staff in Toronto.
The Winkworth's discovered they are Ontario's latest multi-millionaires
after checking their winning numbers online.
"I just remained calm after checking the numbers. I went back to watching
TV," said John.
Mary, who works in the long-term care field and John, who is
self-employed, plan on building their dream home, buying some favourite cars
and sharing the rest with their daughter.
"We are definitely retiring," added Mary. "It's time to enjoy life!"
The winning ticket was purchased at Zehrs Markets, located on Simcoe
Street in Tillsonburg.
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 "BIG
- All on-line tickets are branded along the left side as winning or
non-winning when validated through the terminal.
Soon it will be mandatory for customers to 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
- 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 is now open 24 hours a day / 7 days a
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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