OLG DELIVERS: GROUP OF SEVEN IDENTIFIED AS RIGHTFUL WINNERS OF 2003 $12.5 MILLION LOTTERY PRIZE

TORONTO, Jan. 27 /CNW/ - A group of seven Ontario residents has been identified as the rightful winners of a SUPER 7 ticket that won a free ticket which won the $12.5 million jackpot on the December 26, 2003 draw, Paul V. Godfrey, Chairman of The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), announced today.

The winners were identified through an exhaustive investigation by Ontario Provincial Police, supported by OLG's own investigative team, and information provided by OLG's new Data Analysis and Retrieval Technology (DART) system. 

"The right prize to the right person," Godfrey said. "This is not a clever catch phrase, or a slick marketing slogan. It's a commitment that today, after more than seven long years, we are proud to be able to meet and fully uphold."

He continued, "OLG is especially proud to have worked in full cooperation with the Ontario Provincial Police. OLG forwarded the details of 661 claimants to the OPP…and the OPP investigators have distinguished themselves in their care and attention to this matter".

The group of seven received a total of $14.85 million, which represents the original $12.5 million jackpot, plus accrued interest.  Each received $2,121,545.68.

The winning group members, who at one time all worked together, are:

Adam Barnett, 32 years old, of Grimsby
Daniel Campbell, 37 years old, of St. Catharines
Jason Dykema, 34 years old, of Burlington
Daniel MacGregor, 36 years old, of Burford
Michael Maddocks, 35 years old, of Beamsville
James Reaman, 40 years old, of Ridgeville
Joseph Reaman, 35 years old, of Ridgeville  

"They tracked us down after seven years! The OLG is great," said James Reaman, one of the group members.

The DART system is based on hardware from Hewlett-Packard and software from Microsoft, which enabled OLG to develop a powerful analytic tool, believed to be the first to be used in the lottery business, that provides instant access to billions of lottery transactions dating back to 1999. It enables a rapid identification of play patterns that can help confirm legitimate winners and identify potentially fraudulent behaviour and claims.

In addition to being a valuable tool in OLG's player protection arsenal, DART is also helping to better empower lottery customers. A new microsite called OLG REPORTS, available at http://www.olg.ca/reports/ , makes accessible to all Ontarians an unprecedented amount of lottery-related data and information, including profiles of unclaimed lottery tickets and an up-to-date list of licensed retailers that have sold winning tickets worth over $10,000.

"OLG extend its thanks to the OPP for their dogged pursuit of the rightful purchaser, to the OLG team that put DART to work for the good of our lottery players," Godfrey said, "and, most of all, I want to extend my thanks and sincere congratulations to our winners."

OLG will be commencing a civil action against the Chung family charged by the OPP in connection with this matter. An attempt will be made to recover the money in this case. Launching a civil case does not prejudice the criminal case against them.

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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