The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission loves to sell the dream. But what if that dream turns into a nightmare when a consumer runs afoul of a fine-print rule many aren’t even aware of?
What if the lottery corporation decides it’s not going to hand over your rightful winnings – at least not without a court fight?
Watch as I present my sordid saga, that began when I was lucky enough to win a modest lottery prize of $1,082.40 in the Pick-3 game.
When I couldn’t remember precisely where I had purchased my winning ticket, the OLG refused to pay my rightful winnings, not once, but twice.
This story involves me resorting to suing in small claims court and in one instance, calling the police.
I’m told the OLG pays out $1.6B in winnings annually but after my experience, I’m curious about how how much they’ve clawed-back from rightful winners.
The moral of this story is, if you take part in the idiot tax that is the purchase of lottery tickets, keep track of precisely where and when you buy those tickets or ask for a receipt, because the OLG loves to take your money but they’re not too keen on paying out.
Slick ad campaigns promising the good life aside, it seems you’re really not supposed to win.
And this crown corporation justifies its monopolistic existence based on the proviso of “social responsibility”?