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Mystery millionaire

UPDATE: 2:30 p.m.

Castanet has now learned that an elderly man scanned his 6/49 ticket at the Save On Foods in West Kelowna Wednesday and the machine went off indicating he was a grand prize winner.

Witnesses tell Castanet the person spent a half an hour on the phone with BCLC to confirm he was, in fact, the winner. 

Once he hung up the phone, he was asked, "is it you, did you win the 16 million?"

When he said he was, the whole store cheered.

The as-yet-unidentified man now has to present the winning ticket at either the Kamloops or Vancouver Lotto 6/49 offices in order to claim the prize.

He still has 52 weeks from the draw date to claim his prize.


ORIGINAL: 1:13 p.m.

It's been seven days since a Lotto 649 ticket sold in Kelowna won $16,787,681.

Since then, there have been a lot of lotto rumours making the rounds.

One involved an underage winner who signed the ticket and was told by BCLC that he was ineligible to take home the jackpot because he's not 19. Another from someone who works at a lotto booth has an elderly man coming forward to claim the life-changing prize.
 
However, Angela Law with BC Lotteries says the cash remains unclaimed.

"At this time, the $16.7-million 649 winner from the Nov. 22, 2017, draw has not come forward yet, and there have not been any claims processed. We do not release details about the ticket until after a prize claim has been processed," she told Castanet.

Lottery winners have 52 weeks from the draw date printed on their ticket to come forward and claim their prize.
 
One B.C. family famously waited until days before the deadline to claim a massive $50-million jackpot in 2015, after trying unsuccessfully to claim the winnings as a trust to keep their identities private.

The odds of winning the lottery are approximately 13.98 million to one.



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