Lotto Max payout delayed after more claimants come forward
TORONTO – A group of 19 co-workers in a lottery syndicate will have to wait a little longer to get their hands on their share of the $50 million Lotto Max jackpot they won recently after some disgruntled colleagues came forward to put their names in the mix for a share of the money.
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation is unable to allow any of the 19 members of the syndicate to spend their winnings until the new claimants are verified or dismissed.
Tony Bitoni, a spokeman for OLG said in a statement, “A couple of additional claimants have come forward claiming to be interested in a portion of the prize. Office pools are really very popular and we deal with them a lot so there are some guidelines that we like to give to these group players to make sure we’re paying the right prize to the right person every time.”
The group of 19 co-workers who formed the syndicate work together at the Bell Canada call centre in east-end Toronto The employee who started the group told Global News she is getting a lot of criticism from co-workers who didn’t take part and are now complaining they would have played if only they had known about it.
There is some history of people complaining when their colleagues have won a lottery jackpot: Four employees in Barrie, Ont., received a $4-million settlement just last month after suing for being omitted from a lottery office pool nearly three years ago. In Ohio, four employees sued 14 of their co-workers for failing to share a $207-million lottery jackpot.
OLG announced in a statement to the press that “a rigorous prize claim review process needs to be completed before any prize is paid out” suggesting that they would be checking the claims of the complainants as they would normally any other claim. The statement added, “one ticket with the winning numbers for the $50-million jackpot prize from the December 31, 2010 Lotto Max draw” was validated in Toronto.
OLG said that is plans to eventually hold a news conference with the full winning syndicate once everything has been resolved.
Published: January 7, 2011