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B.C. family wanted $50-million prize anonymous

The winning ticket had been signed over to a trust by the buyer, Fredrich Mayrhofer.

What had made this whole affair so controversial, as reported earlier this year in The VOICE, was that Shoppers Drug Mart employee Gayleen Rose Elliott had filed a lawsuit last year in B.C. Supreme Court claiming her fellow employee Dalbir Sidhu had the unclaimed Lotto ticket that belonged to the workplace lottery pool which he ran.

In June 2015, BCLC, in conjunction with the ILC, concluded that only an individual or group of individuals can claim a prize, not a trust.

The Corporation has no obligation to pay or deliver a prize unless the victor gives the Corporation the right to publish the winner’s name, address, place of residence and recent photograph without any claim for broadcasting, printing, royalty or other rights.

The delay led to speculation about who held the winning ticket.

Public interest in this prize has been unprecedented.

An attempt by CBC Vancouver to find out more about the mystery victor found BCLC president Lightbody, had warned staff to be careful about being overheard discussing the matter.

For his part, Fred Mayrhofer said his family is “quiet”.

Now we are able to answer the $50 million question. At the time, lottery officials confirmed the winning ticket was sold in Langley, but nobody stepped forward. A photo of him with a $1,000 win has been taped to his fridge for years.

The new mark of CA$60 million was first reached on 25th September, when a syndicate of workers from Canadian Black Book in Markham, Ontario, became the biggest single winners of a prize in Canadian lottery history.

The family wanted to stay anonymous, but that’s against British Columbia Lottery Corporation rules.

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