VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Aug. 14, 2014) - Lottery players should be checking their pockets, secret hiding places and couch cushions to see if they hold the $50 million winning ticket. The prize remains unclaimed five months after a ticket sold in Langley, B.C. matched all seven numbers on the March 14 Lotto Max draw.
BCLC estimates the winner would have accrued approximately $375,000 from an estimated $2,500 per day in interest.
"There are many reasons why a winner may have not come forward," explained Susan Dolinski, VP of Social Responsibility and Communications at BCLC. "Winners often consult with a financial advisor or a lawyer to sort out their personal affairs, informing family members, or they may be on vacation."
A second outstanding ticket for $13,688,924.40 was sold in the Juan de Fuca/Malahat area on the August 2, 2014 Lotto 6/49 draw also remains unclaimed.
"We encourage anyone who purchased a ticket for either of these draws to check their tickets," added Dolinski.
Winners have one year from the draw date printed on the ticket to claim their prize. No top lottery prize on Lotto Max or Lotto 6/49 has ever gone unclaimed in B.C.
- The largest single prize ever won in Canada was a $54 million Lotto 6/49 jackpot in Alberta in October 2005.
- The March 14, 2014 Lotto Max jackpot win ties the largest prize ever won in B.C.
- Number '18' has been drawn the most times of all LOTTO MAX drawn numbers.
- Last year, lottery players in B.C. won more than $581 million.
- Odds of winning a Lotto Max jackpot or MAXMILLION prize are 1:28,633,528.
LOTTO MAX can be played at all lottery retail locations and online at PlayNow.com, with tickets available until 6 p.m. (PT) every Friday. Winning numbers can be found online at bclc.com.