A $50 million lottery ticket sold in Langley was still unclaimed as of Monday, April 14, exactly one month after it was drawn.
The lottery corporation marked the date by issuing a public appeal for players to check their tickets.
Winners have one year from the draw date printed on the ticket to claim their prize but “with each passing day the winner has been losing potential [bank] interest” on their winnings, the written statement said.
“Our conservative estimate shows the winner could be accruing $2,500 per day [in interest] had they already come forward to claim their prize, said Kevin Gass, vice-president of lottery gaming at the B.C. Lottery Corporation.
The winning ticket holder for the March 14 draw has not contacted BCLC nor validated the ticket at a lottery retailer, Gass said.
The March 14, 2014 LOTTO MAX jackpot win ties the largest prize ever won in B.C.
There are a couple of other major prizes that remain unclaimed in B.C.
A winning ticket for $333,333.40 sold in Port Alberni on the same March 14 draw and a $1 million prize on a ticket sold in Aldergrove on the Dec. 13 LOTTO MAX draw also remain unclaimed.
No top lottery prize won in B.C. has ever gone unclaimed, the corporation said.
The largest single prize ever won in Canada was a $54 million Lotto 6/49 jackpot in Alberta in October 2005.
Winning numbers can be found online at bclc.com.