Loto-Québec $1,000,000 Lottery Prize still unclaimed12th January 2021 |
An individual from Gatineau, Québec has just missed out on the dream of becoming a millionaire. Loto-Québec has been looking for the lottery winner for a year and a half, unsuccessfully, in an effort not to let the time frame for collecting a whopping CA$1 million close. However, the prize is not lost forever as the holder of the winning ticket has failed to claim the lottery windfall. The Québec MAX ticket had been eligible for cash payout since July 5, 2019.
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A long wait for Loto-Québec
It might sound strange that someone would skip out on a life-changing sum, but there are many reasons why someone could sit out on collecting the prize money. The most common of these is misplacing the winning ticket, or even forgetting about having purchased a lottery ticket. Stories of lottery enthusiasts missing the deadline for claiming their prize are much more common than one would think. Another less common reason is that some people get scared of what impact such a large windfall could have on their lives and their relationships. It could be that they feel unprepared for the huge change and prefer to live their lives as they are. Life can sometimes also get in the way and not allow people to claim their prize in a timely manner.
Any or a combination of these reasons could be the answer as to why the lucky individual from Québec failed to get in touch with the Crown corporation, despite having more than the usual allotted time. Loto-Québec, overseeing gambling and lottery offerings, was also trying to find the winner ever since the ticket came eligible for the cash prize of CA$1,000,000.
Not so lucky numbers
The numbers on the ticket match the numbers drawn during this particular draw, with the numbers being 2, 9, 10, 16, 25, 29, and 49. Lottery numbers are often chosen by players because they hold some special meaning or significance. If this was the case, the numbers could have come to mean much to the winner.
A lottery winner usually has 52 weeks from the draw to claim his prize. However, there was nothing ordinary about the year 2020, and the unprecedented situation left its mark on both the gambling scene and lottery enthusiasts. This is why the Crown corporation last year announced that the deadline for prize collection will be extended by a further six months to the usual twelve. Explaining the efforts made by Loto-Québec to reach the winner, Renaud Dugas, spokesperson for the Crown corporation, said, “we published seven news releases, we posted several alerts on our social media platforms and gave numerous interviews in hopes of finding the owner of the winning ticket…The one-year expiration date for this ticket was extended by six months due to the pandemic.”
Mr. Dugas went on to say that this is not a common occurrence since 98% of million-dollar winners usually claim their prize about two to three weeks from the draw. January 2021 is also about to see the expiry of two more cash prizes in Québec, with one of them expiring today on January 7. This lottery ticket is a Lotto MAX ticket worth CA$500,000 and became eligible for payout on January 7, 2020. The second prize will expire on January 22 and amounts to around CA$1,000,000. This ticket was purchased in Thérèse-De-Blainville and comes with the number 5823177 printed on it. It was drawn as the winning Extra draw ticket on July 24, 2019, so make sure to recheck your pockets well if you were in the area at the time!
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