$50 million lotto prize awarded to woman without ticket

Following an extensive investigation, the OLG claims to have found a potential winner of an...

Following an extensive investigation, the OLG claims to have found a potential winner of an outstanding $50-million prize: Kathryn Jones, of Hamilton. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency)

Terry Davidson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:31 PM ET

TORONTO — The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation claims to have found the winner of an outstanding $50-million Lotto Max prize.

The only problem is Kathryn Jones doesn’t have the actual ticket.

Following what’s been described as one of the most unique investigations in the organization’s history, the OLG announced Tuesday that Jones, a 55-year-old married mother of two university students, is the winner.

Investigators from the OLG determined Jones purchased the winning ticket from a Shoppers Drug Mart in Cambridge, but it was only after an investigation into hundreds of other claimants — including one in particular — that OLG officials were able to make this determination.

When no winner came forward in November of last year, more than 435 people contacted OLG about the winning ticket.

One person who felt they might be the winner caught the eye of investigators, and they began looking into all the locations where this person had purchased lottery tickets.