TORONTO, July 10 /CNW/ - Joseph Pall checked his LOTTO SUPER 7 ticket at
home on June 7. He was shocked to realize that he had matched all seven
numbers on his ticket. One month later he decided to go to the OLG Prize
Centre to claim his LOTTO SUPER 7 jackpot prize of $5,234,567 from the June 6,
When asked why he waited so long to claim such a substantial prize, he
said "I had to wrap my head around it before I claimed my prize." "It was so
overwhelming," he added as he smiled anxiously.
The windfall couldn't have come at a better time in Pall's life. The 43
year-old is currently unemployed, and has some great ideas as to what he will
do with his winnings. He plans to buy a house for himself and a house for his
parents. What's a new home without two new vehicles? Pall also plans to treat
himself to a new truck and a new car, while investing the remainder of his
The winning LOTTO SUPER 7 ticket was purchased at Wilson Convenience
Store located on Wilson Heights Boulevard in North York.
Protecting Lottery Customers
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.
- It is now mandatory for customers to sign their lottery tickets. If
tickets are not signed when validated by a retailer, the retailer
will ask the customer to sign them. Retailers cannot validate tickets
that are not signed. The front of lottery tickets includes a
signature box and a message further reminding customers to sign their
tickets. New signature lines are now beginning to appear on INSTANT
- A news release is issued for every lottery winner over $10,000 and
the information is posted on OLG's 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
- Ticket Checkers are available at all lottery terminal retailers for
customers to check their own lottery tickets (all on-line games such
as LOTTO 6/49 and SUPER 7). At present, customers cannot use the
Ticket Checkers to check INSTANT lottery tickets (scratch and win
games). We expect to introduce this feature later this year.
- The lottery terminal 'freezes' when a winning ticket worth $5,000 or
more is validated. The freeze sends a signal to OLG data centre,
prompting an OLG representative to immediately call the customer at
the retail outlet to confirm the win with the retailer and the
customer by telephone.
- Enhancements to the lottery terminal Customer Display Screens
- Whenever a ticket is checked by a retailer at a lottery terminal,
customers will see a video message on the Customer Display Screen
and hear a winning or non-winning jingle with a voice-over
message. These alerts will tell you whether you have a winning
ticket or not.
- Jingles and videos play for a longer time when a winning ticket is
validated, and winning/non-winning messages appear in a larger
- A new video, jingle and voice-over message plays for winning
tickets worth $5,000 or more along with a display indicating "BIG
- All on-line lottery tickets are branded along the front, left-hand
side as winning or non-winning when validated through the terminal.
- OLG has conducted public education campaigns to remind people to sign
and check their tickets and to call our hotline if they have any
- 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 more than $23 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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