Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Ontario lottery officials track down buyer of unclaimed $50M ticket

When investigators came knocking at Kathryn Jones' door in Hamilton, Ontario, she at first hesitated to let them in.

It turns out they were really from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. trying to find the owner of an unclaimed ticket worth $50 million, tax-free.

And, as luck would have it, Jones, a 55-year-old engineer, was determined to be the winner of the prize paid all at once — even though she lost the ticket that was about to expire and didn't know it was the winner.

The investigation that led to Jones resulted from looking into the case of one of 435 people who tried to claim the Lotto Max prize from the Nov. 30, 2012, draw.

The trail led to Jones based on a surveillance video from a store near her office and credit card records showing she bought a lottery ticket there at the time the winner was sold.

Had she paid cash for the ticket, she might not have been found, said Mike Hamel of OLG's corporate investigations.

Amid record profits, bank cuts workforce

The Bank of Montreal has reduced its workforce by the equivalent of nearly 1,000 positions, even as it reported a record net profit of $4.2 billion for the fiscal year.

Chief operating officer Frank Techar said the layoffs in the past quarter were to reduce expenses and improve overall efficiency.

Most of the cuts were at the Canadian personal and commercial banking operations, while the bank still employs 45,631 people worldwide.

Weaknesses in the bank's U.S. operations and capital markets were identified by analysts as areas of concern.

News in brief

• Canada's federal information commissioner is investigating the disappearance and reappearance of emails concerning the Senate expenses scandal. Police were "mistakenly" told the emails of Benjamin Perrin, former legal counsel in the Prime Minister's Office, had been deleted. They concern $90,000 former chief of staff Nigel Wright gave Sen. Mike Duffy to repay invalid living expense claims. Duffy, one of three senators suspended without pay, is in a hospital recovering from heart surgery.

• A public opinion poll finds that 55 percent of British Columbia residents want highway speed limits to remain unchanged. The poll by Insights West and Black Press found 37 percent want the limits to rise and only 5 percent want them reduced. The provincial government is reviewing speed limits, winter tire use, slow-moving vehicles and wildlife hazards.

Facts and figures

The Bank of Canada didn't budge again on interest rates, suggesting the economy remains fragile and in need of continued monetary stimulus.

The central bank kept its trendsetting interest rate at 1 percent, where it has been since May 2010, while the prime-lending rate remains at 3 percent.

Canada's dollar is lower at 93.79 cents U.S. while the U.S. dollar returns $1.0661 in Canadian funds, before bank exchange fees.

Stock markets are lower, with the Toronto exchange index at 13,296 points and the TSX Venture index 917 points.

Lotto 6-49: (Dec. 4) 10, 12, 16, 23, 41 and 42; bonus 19. (Nov. 30) 2, 18, 22, 25, 37 and 39; bonus 1. Lotto Max: (Nov. 29) 3, 6, 19, 31, 34, 42 and 45; bonus 30.

Regional briefs

• An ethics investigation has absolved Alberta Premier Alison Redford of wrongdoing involving a government contract awarded to her ex-husband's law firm. Ethics commissioner Neil Wilkinson found that Redford took a hands-off approach with a selection committee that chose Robert Hawkes' firm as part of a consortium in a suit against tobacco companies.

• Councillors in Markham in suburban Toronto favor a proposal to build a $325 million NHL-size arena but don't want taxpayers having to pay for it. The council wants GTA Sports and Entertainment to look for private funding for the 20,000-seat arena. The NHL has expressed no interest in putting a franchise in Markham.

• New Brunswick police say speed was a factor in the deaths of four teenagers in a car crash in Notre-Dame. Justin Leger, Sebastien Leger (not related) and Justin Brown, all 18, and Luc Arsenault, 17, were killed when a car crashed into a ditch and rolled.

Jim Fox can be reached at canadareport@hotmail.com.

Ontario lottery officials track down buyer of unclaimed $50M ticket 12/06/13 [Last modified: Friday, December 6, 2013 8:38pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Entrance lanes close on eastbound I-4 in Plant City following semi crash

    Accidents

    An eastbound entrance lane to Interstate 4 is blocked Tuesday morning following a semi crash, according to broadcast reports.

  2. Gov. Rick Scott could soon be the all-time king of line-item veto

    Blogs

    2016: $256,144,027

    2015: $461,387,164

    2014: $68,850,121

    2013: $367,950,394

    2012: $142,752,177

    2011: $615,347,550

    Only once has Scott used the line-item veto sparingly. That was in 2014, the year he ran for re-election, when he removed a paltry $69 million from the budget.

    Gov. Rick Scott waves a veto pen at The Villages in 2011.
  3. Rays morning after: An up-and down day for Jose De Leon

    Blogs

    Rays RHP Jose De Leon had a busy Monday - getting called up to join the Rays for the first time and making his way from Pawtucket, R.I., to Boston and the flying to Texas, working 2 2/3 eventful innings to get the W in the 10-8 victory over the Rangers, and then getting optioned back to Triple-A.

    Jose De Leon follows through in the sixth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, on May 29, 2017.
  4. Resignation of communications director Dubke could signal more changes within White House staff

    National

    WASHINGTON — Mike Dubke has resigned as White House communications director, a senior administration official confirmed Tuesday, in the first of what could be a series of changes to President Trump's senior staff amid the growing Russia scandal.

    President Donald Trump speaks at the Memorial Amphitheater in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Monday, May 29, 2017, during a Memorial Day ceremony. [Associated Press]
  5. Trump pays somber tribute to fallen troops on Memorial Day

    National

    ARLINGTON, Va. — President Donald Trump expressed the nation's "boundless" gratitude for the ultimate sacrifice paid by Americans defending the United States, dedicating his first Memorial Day address as commander in chief to a top Cabinet secretary and two other families who lost loved ones.

    Brittany Jacobs, left, watches as her 6-year-old son Christian Jacobs meets President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, Monday, May 29, 2017, in Arlington, Va. Jacobs father, Marine Sgt. Christopher Jacobs, was killed in 2011. [Associated Press]