Buy Your Lottery Tickets Online and Prevent a Grueling Claim Process
A CBC News article dated December 3, 2013 details a story of extreme luck and detective work when a woman who had supposedly lost the winning ticket saw the prize money coming in at her doorstep:
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) announced Tuesday morning that Kathryn Jones is “one step closer” to claiming the outstanding $50-million jackpot from a Lotto Max draw on Nov. 30, 2012.
Jones bought her ticket last year at a Shoppers Drug Mart on Dundas Street in Cambridge, where she works as an engineer.
She lost the ticket, but didn’t submit a claim.
Then, this fall, two OLG employees showed up at her door.
Jones had to follow an extensive process to be verified as the real winner.
“By using our extensive investigative resources, we conducted a comprehensive prize claim review and collected indisputable proof to determine Ms. Jones as the identified winner,” explained Phillips.
“I am still in shock and very grateful OLG approached me regarding the outstanding $50-million prize,” said Jones. “I completely respect OLG’s rules and processes. I now anxiously anticipate the end of the wait period.”
Jones definitely had a stroke of luck for the gaming council to come and personally verify if she was the winner of the $50 million lotto ticket, but she had to go through a grueling process to be eligible to claim it. This brings to mind the vulnerability of lotto tickets to misplacement and the convenience you get when you buy your lottery tickets online.
Buying lotto tickets would typically require one to go to a store that sells these tickets in order to acquire one. The lines become longer as the jackpot gets bigger by the day. No one has the luxury of time to spend on waiting in a line. Buying lottery tickets online is a simpler and speedier process that helps one to save on fuel and time.
Buying lotto tickets online also opens the door to other lotteries around the United States. A lotto player does not necessarily have to be confined to the state lottery if he or she decides to buy lotto tickets online.
There are more benefits to playing the lottery online besides not having to lose the ticket. Interested players can contact online lottery services like Buy Lottery Tix for more details.
(Article Excerpt and Image from How a Hamilton woman lost then won a $50m lotto ticket, CBC News, December 3, 2013)
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