UPDATE: $50 MILLION LOTTO MAX CLAIM FROM JANUARY 28, 2011 DRAW

TORONTO, Jan. 31 /CNW/ - The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) advises there will be a delay in paying out the $50 million prize from the January 28, 2011 LOTTO MAX draw due to additional claimants coming forward and claiming an interest in a portion of the prize.

OLG can confirm, at this time, there is one ticket with the winning numbers for the $50 million jackpot prize from the January 28, 2011 LOTTO MAX draw. That ticket was validated at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto on January 31, 2011 and a large group is making a claim on the prize.

OLG is conducting a vigourous prize claim review process and investigation, which requires each member of the group to be interviewed. This process is underway and must be completed before any prize is paid out. OLG's goal is to ensure lottery players are protected and that the right prize is paid to the right person or people.

Group play is a popular way to play the lottery. Groups that keep to the following helpful guidelines usually face little or no delay in getting their prize payment:

  • Go to OLG's website www.OLG.ca and download the Lottery Group Play Form for a convenient way to manage your group purchases.
  • Choose one person to act as the Group Play Captain to coordinate the group members and collect payments.
  • Create a list of all group play members. Clearly state the jackpot amount, draw date, cost per play and cut-off time for payment.
  • All names of members of a group should be recorded for each draw.
  • The Group Play Captain should sign the ticket immediately after the purchase.  Write "In Trust" by the signature line to show that this is a group play ticket.
  • Make photocopies or a computer scan of the ticket for each group member, so everyone has a copy of the selected numbers. 
  • Save a copy, update and resend any new tickets to each group member every time the group plays.
  • If you plan to go on vacation before a draw, make sure you pay your group captain in advance, and have those payments documented.
  • If you believe you have won the lottery, validate the ticket at an authorized lottery retailer or call the OLG Support Centre at 1-800-387-0098 for more information.

In January, two large groups were paid the same day they came into the OLG Prize Centre to claim their multi-million dollar LOTTO 6/49 jackpot prizes partly because they followed the Group Play guidelines.

OLG will advise the media and post on our website www.OLG.ca when the prize claim review for the $50 million prize from the January 28, 2011 LOTTO MAX draw has been completed.

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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FACT SHEET: TIPS FOR GROUP PLAY

Group play is a popular way for large groups of people to enjoy playing the lottery. 

Here are a number of tips to keep in mind:

Manage the Membership of the Group

  • Choose one person to act as the Group Play Captain to coordinate the group members and collect payment.
  • Create a list of all group play members. Clearly state the jackpot amount, draw date, cost per play and cut-off time for payment.
  • Go to OLG's website www.OLG.ca and download the Lottery Group Play Form for a convenient way to manage your group purchases.
  • All names of members of a group should be recorded for each draw.
  • Prior to the draw, make a group decision about how much of the prize winnings will be split among the group and how much will be returned into future lottery ticket purchases.
  • If you plan to go on vacation before a draw, make sure you pay your group captain in advance, and have those payments documented.

After the Purchase of the Group Play Ticket

  • The Group Play Captain should sign the ticket immediately after the purchase.  Write "In Trust" by the signature line to show that this is a group play ticket.
  • Make photocopies or a computer scan of the ticket for each group member, so everyone has a copy of the selected numbers. 
  • Please note:  photocopied tickets cannot be validated at a self-serve ticket checker available at an OLG retailer.
  • Save a copy, update and resend any new tickets to each group member every time the group plays.
  • If an OLG retailer is a member of the group and the group's tickets are purchased, electronically checked or electronically validated at that retail location, then that ticket will be void.
  • If you believe you have won the lottery, validate the ticket at an authorized retailer or call the OLG Support Centre at 1-800-387-0098 for more information.

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