Just six days before the deadline to claim a $50 million Lottery prize purchased in Langley, someone has come forward with the ticket.
On Monday, the BC Lottery Corporation confirmed the winning ticket for the March 14, 2014 Lotto Max draw has been turned in.
“We can confirm that it is the genuine ticket and have validated it in our system,” a BCLC statement said.
“As is the case with all prize claims BCLC will now undertake the verification process to determine the rightful ticketholder.”
When the identity of the winner will be disclosed is not certain.
BCLC said there is “no time limit associated with prize claim verification” once a ticket is presented.
The March 14, 2014 Lotto Max jackpot win tied the largest prize ever won in B.C.
In December, a lawsuit was filed over the unclaimed prize by a woman who claimed a co-worker had won the lottery and was trying to conceal it in order to avoid sharing it.
Dalbir Sidhu was sued by Gayleen Rose Elliott, who is convinced that Sidhu, a co-worker who was responsible for buying tickets for a workplace lottery pool, has the winning March 14 Lotto Max ticket.
Sidhu has denied the accusation.
Elliott filed her notice of civil claim in the Vancouver B.C. Supreme Court registry on Dec. 1.
Elliott’s lawyer demanded $52 million plus interest from Sidhu, along with additional damages for fraud and breach of contract.
In his response, filed on Dec. 19, Sidhu says he forgot to buy the tickets on March 14 but “mistakenly believed he did purchase the … tickets at a gas station in Surrey …” and didn’t realize his mistake until Elliott asked about the purchase after the $50 million March 14 prize went unclaimed.
Sidhu said he has checked with the B.C. Lottery Corporation and none of the numbers the pool was playing were drawn on March 14.
He denies Elliott’s claim that he wrongfully converted the winning ticket for his own use, denies he has any legal obligation to the pool, denies that he breached his duties and denies “having been unjustly enriched.”