It’s coming down to the wire.
A Lotto Max ticket purchased last year in Charlottetown worth $289,796 has yet to be claimed, and the one-year deadline to cash it in is fast approaching.
The original draw date for the ticket was Aug. 25, 2017.
“We want to meet whoever has that winning ticket, and we also want to meet the folks who won this summer in P.E.I. and haven’t come forward yet,” said Natalie Belliveau, senior communications counsel with Atlantic Lottery.
“We know that Prince Edward Island is a popular tourist destination in summer, so we are urging anyone who was in the Charlottetown area around this time last year, or near Summerside this summer, to check their trailers, their cottages, their summer jackets and hoodies, old purses or backpacks and wherever else you might store your lottery tickets to find that winning ticket.”
There are also two more unclaimed prizes in P.E.I.: a Lotto 6/49 ticket for the July 28, 2018, draw worth $69,850, and a TAG ticket (an add-on to all draw games in Atlantic Canada) for the Aug. 15, 2018 draw worth $100,000. Both tickets were sold in Summerside.
Downtown Convenience manager Ian MacDonald has never cashed an unclaimed ticket, but in the last couple of weeks he checked a scratch ticket worth $300,000.
“It is actually kind of rare. Winners are hard to come by unless you are a lotto booth, and your main focus is selling lottery tickets.”
However, MacDonald did see an uptake in lottery sales after that recent big winner.
“Winners always drive sales up,” he said.
Prizes on draw games must be claimed within 12 months of the draw date. To check winning numbers, players can visit any retail location in Atlantic Canada where lottery products are sold or check them on alc.ca.
Players from outside Atlantic Canada who think they have a winning ticket can call Atlantic Lottery’s Customer Care Centre at 1-800-561-3942, any day of the week.