What Happens to Unclaimed Lottery Tickets?

Most lottery prizes are claimed quickly. Sometimes, months go by and the winning ticket has not been checked or processed. Has the ticket been lost? Did the player forget to check his or her numbers?

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Thanks to the Data Analysis and Retrieval Technology (DART), OLG can provide much more information about prizes in excess of $5,000 that have gone unclaimed for 8 weeks or more, such as the pattern of play associated with that winning ticket.

Check out the unclaimed Lottery tickets in your area

How do you claim your prize if you have a ticket?

If you have a winning ticket, there are many ways to claim your prize. Click How to Claim Prizes for all the details.

What to do if  you lost a winning lottery ticket?

OLG’s new Data Analysis and Retrieval Technology (DART) system is helping to ensure that all prizes are claimed and paid to the right person.

DART has the ability to scan billions of lottery transactions in mere seconds. This helps OLG find and fight potential fraud. But it also allows OLG to use historic information to discern whether there are any playing “patterns” that would enable OLG to help identify the winner of an unclaimed prize.

OLG aims to get the right prize to the right person, each time and every time. And ensuring the life of a winning ticket reaches a fulfilling end.

Ticketless Prize Claims

If you believe you have a claim on a lottery prize – but you do not have your ticket – OLG may be able to use DART to verify your claim. How? The DART system is capable of creating a unique historical profile for each of the billions of tickets sold to OLG’s customers.

Combining the power of DART with information provided by the customer, OLG may be able to prove your claim is legitimate.

For further information, please call 1-800-387-0098 (Press option #3).

Source: OLG