Brampton woman one step closer to $1,000,000 disputed lottery win

Published January 20, 2023 at 1:26 pm

Hamilton man waits 15 months for $373,000 winnings because his daughter works for a lottery retailer
Chris Thompson had his $373,000 winnings held because his daughter works for an authorized Ontario lottery retailer, which counts as an "insider win."

A Brampton woman has been waiting months to cash in a disputed $1 million lottery win and is one step closer to a big payday.

Shanmugalingam Kanagaratnam is from Brampton and reportedly had a winning ticket for a $1 million prize in the Oct. 21 Lotto Max draw. But the claim reportedly falls within OLG’s definition of an Insider Win because Kanagaratnam’s sister is an employee at an authorized OLG retailer, according to a release.

Claims of $10,000 or more made by Insiders require enhanced review and validation and a 30-day publication period prior to payment to ensure there are no additional claims on the winning ticket.

Kanagaratnam will be awarded the $1 million prize if no additional claims are made prior to Feb. 20, the release said. The ticket was purchased at JJ Convenience on Cottrelle Blvd. in Brampton.

The OLG is booking in-person prize claim appointments at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto, with prize winners between $1,000 and $49,999.90 encouraged to submit their claims online or mail them.

Submitting claims online is fast and secure, and enables OLG to process the claim in a timely manner. Customers with prizes over $50,000 are asked to call 1-800-387-0098 to discuss available prize claim options.

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