Toronto

$50M lottery payout delayed

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. says it's delaying the payout of $50 million from the Dec. 31 Lotto Max draw due to additional claimants coming forward and claiming an interest in a portion of the prize.

A group of Bell Canada employees who expected to be millionaires on Tuesday can't start spending that windfall yet.

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. says it's delaying the payout of $50 million from the Dec. 31 Lotto Max draw "due to additional claimants coming forward and claiming an interest in a portion of the prize." 

Media reports on Tuesday said 19 workers at a Bell Canada call centre in east-end Toronto held the winning ticket.

OLG says it can confirm that there is one winning ticket and a large group is claiming it.

The lottery corporation says a rigorous prize claim review process needs to be completed before any prize is paid out. The review is needed "to ensure all lottery players are protected and the right prize is paid to the right person," OLG said in a release.

It's the first time the $50 million has been won by a single ticket in Ontario since Lotto Max launched in 2009.

The jackpot for the next Lotto Max draw this coming Friday will be an estimated $23 million.