The theft of a winning ticket in northern Alberta may have been prevented if the legitimate owner signed the back at the time it was purchased.

A man in northern Alberta is facing charges for allegedly trying to claim a winning $100,000 ticket he didn’t buy. The ticket was purchased in October 2013 and the attempt to claim the winnings was made in December. 

Gary Beam, director of investigations with the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, says it can be hard to confirm who owns an unsigned ticket but in this case the owner laid a complaint.

"The owner of the ticket had suspected the ticket had been stolen and as a result the investigation led to the charges.

Fraudulent claims are rare, but they can happen, Beam said.

He says this is the largest amount anyone has ever tried to claim with the AGLC.