$1,000,000 prize pending mandatory 30-day withholding
TORONTO, Sept. 12 /CNW/ - Congratulations to Lorie Paul McLaughlin of
Pembroke who has claimed a major lottery prize of $1,000,000 from the PAYDAY
ENCORE draw on May 15, 2008.
As a clerk at Kim's Corner where lottery products are sold, McLaughlin's
prize falls within OLG's definition of an Insider Win.
"I was shocked when I discovered I won $1,000,000. I had to sit down,"
McLaughlin told OLG Prize Centre staff in Toronto.
With the windfall, McLaughlin plans on taking a holiday and investing the
Insiders include 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,
and OLG employees.
Under one of the stipulations of OLG's Related Party/Insider Win Policy,
major prize claims by Insiders are subject to an independent investigation.
This investigation has been completed and the prize claim has been approved
The Policy also requires that payment of Insider prize claims be withheld
for 30 days to allow anyone with concerns to come forward. The Policy states
the prize claim must be publicly announced through this news release which
will also be posted on OLG.ca.
OLG can be contacted at 1-800-387-0098. The ticket was purchased at Kim's
Corner located on Pembroke Street West in Pembroke. This prize will be paid to
the claimant on October 10, 2008 based on the 30 day wait period.
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.
- 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 with a display message 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, all customers will be required to sign
their ticket before it can be validated by the retailer. Retailers
will not be permitted to validate unsigned tickets. The front of
on-line tickets includes a signature box and a message further
reminding customers to sign their tickets.
- 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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