Watch above: The Lotto MAX ticket was purchased in Edmonton on Dec. 20, 2013, but still hasn’t been claimed. Vinesh Pratap tries to solve the $50 million mystery.
EDMONTON – One lucky individual better check their lottery ticket; an unclaimed $50 million prize is on the line.
“This has never happened before. This is the longest that a $50 million jackpot has gone unclaimed,” said Andrea Marantz, a spokesperson for the Western Canada Lottery Corporation (WCLC). “We’re very anxious to find the holder of that ticket.”
“There are circumstances where people simply forgot about a ticket, or they’ll put it in the glove compartment of their car and they don’t come across it for a length of time. We’re certainly hoping that’s the case and that someone will open that glove compartment in their car.”
The WCLC will not play a role in finding the owner of the Lotto MAX ticket purchased in Edmonton Dec.20, 2013.
“The lottery is a game and part of playing that game means that you purchase a ticket and then you find out whether or not that ticket has been a winner,” explained Marantz.
“It’s the responsibility of the person who is playing the game.”
The current record for an unclaimed prize is a $14.9 million Lotto 6/49 ticket from June 2006.
“I’ve searched my winter jackets and my pants and everything thinking that I might have that one stuck away somewhere, but no luck,” said Karl Gregory, who was shopping at Southgate mall. “I’m still trying though!”
Another shopper said that winning $100,000 would be more than enough for her.
“I’m not greedy, I would donate quite a bit of it.”
Whoever the lucky owner is of the $50 million prize is has until Dec.20, 2014 to claim it. If not, the ticket will go down in history as the largest unspoken for prize in Canada to date.
Prizes that are not claimed one year after the draw are added to the lottery prize pool.