Think back about a year ago. What were you doing in early to mid-May of 2021? Did you spend any time in Scarborough, Pickering, or the M’Chigeeng First Nation? And if so, did you happen to buy a lottery ticket while you were there? If you answered yes to both of these questions, there’s a chance you’re one of three people the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp (OLG) is looking for.
According to recent publications by OLG, three winning lottery tickets from May 2021 have gone unclaimed. If you’re holding any one of them, you could be the lucky winner of $10,000, $25,000, or even $100,000.
Ontario Unclaimed Lottery Prize Winners – May 2021
The OLG is currently beseeching all of Ontario to check their vehicle consoles, couch cushions, and kitchen junk drawers. There are three lottery tickets out there worth thousands of dollars apiece. If there’s any chance you could be the owner of one of those tickets, keep reading. We’ll give you all the details and info on how to go about claiming a winning lottery ticket in Ontario.
Remember, tickets are only good for one year from the actual draw date before they expire. So time is running out for the prizes on these winning tickets to be claimed.
Scarborough – $10,000 Lotto Max Encore: 2-3-1-3-1-5-8
Someone, somewhere, is the proud purchaser of a Lotto Max ticket with an Encore call worth $10,000. The ticket was bought in Scarborough, On for the drawing that took place on May 12, 2021. The winning numbers that night were:
2 – 3 – 1 – 3 – 1 – 5 – 8
To win the $10k prize for the Encore, a player must match the first 6 of 7 numbers exactly. That means the winning ticket’s numbers are:
2 – 3 – 1 – 3 – 1 – 5 – *
As of now, there are only 10 days left for the winner to come forward and claim their prize. If you think it could be you, start searching your house, your vehicle, old purses and wallets.
Pickering – $25,000 Lotto 6/49: 45558973-01
Just 15km to the east in the town of Pickering, On, someone purchased a Lotto Max ticket worth %$25,000. That drawing took place on Saturday, May 8, with an optional Super Draw guaranteeing 25 prizes of $25k, on top of the initial $1 million prize. The winning sequence for that ticket’s Super Draw win was:
The ticket OLG is looking for bears those numbers in the Super Draw section. Should you be the lucky owner of this ticket, fill out the back, sign it and contact OLG at 1-800-387-0098 right away! This $25,000 piece of paper is going to expire in just 6 days.
M’Chigeeng First Nation – $100,000 Lotto 6/49 Encore
Some six hours northwest, on the picturesque landscape of Manitoulin Island, lies the tribal lands of the M’Chigeeng First Nation. It was here that the buyer of the most valuable unclaimed Lotto 6/49 ticket of all, worthy of a six-figure payout, was bought. It was the same May 8, 2021 drawing in which someone in Pickering bought the $25k Super Draw winner, with the winning numbers:
25 – 28 – 36 – 38 – 41 – 49 + Bonus 20
But this ticket won the Encore by matching the first 6 of 7 numbers, valuing it at $100,000. That means the numbers on this particular ticket should read:
25 – 28 – 36 – 38 – 41 – 49 + Bonus *
If you bought a ticket last year in the M’Chigeeng First Nation, and didn’t bother to check its results, now’s the time to start scavenging for it. You have only 6 days to find it, and report it to OLG, before that life-changing prize expires.
How to Claim Winning Lottery Tickets Bought in Store
The procedure for claiming a big prize from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp varies by the size of the prize. If you’re looking to claim a value of $1,000 to $49,999, as would be the case with our first two unclaimed lottery prizes, OLG recommends submitting the claim online, or by mailing it in. since time is so very short, online submission is probably your best bet.
If you’re looking to claim a winning lottery ticket worth $50,000 or more, you need to call the OLG Lottery Claims Centre at 1-800-387-0098. Appointments aren’t easy to come by, so don’t hesitate to make that call. Let the support centre know you have a winning ticket worth $50k+ that’s about to expire, and they’ll get you taken care of so you don’t miss out on that monumental payout.
Claiming a Lottery Prize for Online Ticket Purchases
If you bought your lottery ticket online, the process for claiming your prize is a bit different. First of all, the OLG already knows you’ve won. Isn’t technology great? But, that doesn’t mean the check is in the mail. If the prize is $1k or higher, you’ll still have to submit a claim through the website. Here’s how it works:
Prizes of up to $999 – Relax! Your prize is already on the way. OLG will automatically deposit your winnings into your online lottery account.
Prizes of $1,000 and Up – Congratulations! Log into your online lottery account and select the winning ticket from your Lottery Ticket History. A prompt comes up requesting that you complete the Lottery Prize Claim Declaration (LPCD) form. Doing so will initiate the claim process. Submit that form and hang tight. The OLG Prize Centre will contact you with the next steps to retrieve your prize.
Not sure if you’ve won?
There are a few ways to find out. If you have a physical ticket, you can take it to any retail store that sells lottery tickets. If there’s a lottery kiosk available, simply scan your ticket here. Or, hand the ticket to the cashier and ask them to check for you. Alternatively, you can open the OLG Lottery Mobile App and scan your ticket right on your smartphone.
If you’ve purchased your lottery ticket(s) online, you can simply check your email. If you have a winning ticket, you’ll get a notification from OLG. Another option is to log into your online lottery account via the OLG website or mobile app to check your results. Select My Transaction History from the menu, then press the Lottery tab. The results of all your tickets are shown here.
In this day and age, we strongly recommend buying online lottery tickets direct from the source. You can’t lose a digital ticket, eliminating the possibility of losing out on a big win due to lost and unclaimed lottery prizes.
Adalene Lucas: is our jack of all trades here at DBC. She is a skilled coder, gambler, writer and webmaster. She lives in Manitoba where she enjoys the lush landscapes and camping near Tulabi Falls. Nature gives her inspiration to write. When she's not immersed in nature, her favorite words are "game theory". She lives with her husband and their two Labradors, Kophy and Whisper.