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In c7803 transmitted at 10:07e today, an error occurred in the headline. The headline should have read: "Spring Cleaning Leads to Big Windfall: Kingston Area Woman Finds Forgotten Winning Lottery Ticket" and not "Spring Cleaning Leads to Big Windfall: Belleville Area Woman Finds Forgotten Winning Lottery Ticket". Corrected copy follows:

Spring Cleaning Leads to Big Windfall: Kingston Area Woman Finds Forgotten Winning Lottery Ticket

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TORONTO, May 26, 2011 /CNW/ - If Elgin resident Wendy Mallette had waited only a few more weeks to do her spring cleaning, she would have been too late to claim a $500,000 lottery prize.

Mallette was cleaning out a drawer a few weeks ago and found a LOTTO MAX ticket dating back almost a year to the June 18, 2010 draw. After checking the ticket at a local retailer, Mallette discovered that it was a winning ticket for half of a MAXMILLIONS prize worth $500,000. It was just in the nick of time, as players have one year from the original draw date to claim a prize. Mallette's winning ticket would have expired on June 18, 2011 - only a few weeks away.

"When I first found out that I had won $500,000, I was stunned with the realization that I could have lost it all if I hadn't checked this ticket when I did," explained Mallette, at the OLG Toronto Prize Centre to claim her prize.

The June 18, 2010 LOTTO MAX draw had 45 additional $1 million MAXMILLIONS prizes up for grabs in addition to a $50 million jackpot. Mallette split a MAXMILLIONS prize with another winning ticket in British Columbia. It was one of 15 winning MAXMILLIONS tickets in Ontario.

Mallette plans to pay off all her debts with her windfall.

Further information about claiming lottery prizes is available online at http://www.olg.ca/lotteries/guide/claiming.jsp.

MAXMILLIONS are added to LOTTO MAX when the jackpot reaches an estimated $50 million. MAXMILLIONS prizes are drawn separately from the LOTTO MAX jackpot draw, which means that a LOTTO MAX ticket not only gives players a chance at $50 million but also the chance to win any of the $1 million MAXMILLIONS draws on the same date.

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 $32 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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