Everyone has their own version of the scenario stored away in the mind’s eye, an image of where you are, who you’re with, and what you’re doing when you win the jackpot of your dreams. But let’s say the moment actually materializes, and you win the lottery. What comes next?
The answer depends on how much you’ve won. If it’s under $1,000 in Ontario, for example, the retailer where you bought the ticket can dole out the cash. (Lotteries across the country have only slight variations in their methods for processing winning tickets.) Over a grand and you’re asked to travel to Toronto—to the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) Prize Center —with your signed ticket and two pieces of government I.D. Residents in far-flung towns can claim a prize at a satellite center if the cost of travel would eat up most of their lotto spoils.
The ticket will be checked out, your signature and identity verified. The sometimes stickier procedure happens next, when the gaming authority determinesRead More »from Lotto drama: What happens before winners take home a jackpot?