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Two months later, $50 million lottery ticket remains unclaimed

Two months after a winning $50 million lottery ticket was sold in Langley, no one has stepped forward to claim the prize.

Lottery players should be checking their pant pockets, desk drawers and kitchen countertops to see if they hold the $50 million winning ticket, according to B.C. Lottery Corporation. The prize ticket matched all seven numbers on the March 14 Lotto Max draw.

Lotto Max winners have one year from the draw date printed on the ticket to claim their prize. With each passing day the $50 million ticket holder has been losing potential interest.

“In the absence of anyone coming forward to claim the massive prize, we continue to hear some incredible theories and rumours about the winner from lottery players,” says Kevin Gass, vice-president of lottery gaming. “The truth is, until the winner comes forward, we don’t know their story or why they may have waited so long.”

The winning ticket holder for the March 14 draw has not come to a BCLC office or validated the ticket at a lottery retailer.

“I would remind anyone who purchased tickets for the March 14 Lotto Max draw to check their tickets,” added Gass. “We estimate the winner would have accrued more than $150,000 in interest over the last two months had they already collected their prize.”

No top lottery prize won in B.C. has ever gone unclaimed.

The $50 million prize is just $4 million short of the largest lottery prize ever won in Canada — a $54 million Lotto 6/49 jackpot in Alberta in October, 2005.

B.C. Lottery Corporation has not said where the winning ticket was sold in Langley.

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