Loto-Québec confirmed Monday that two large lottery prizes — one for half a million dollars and one for a quarter of a million — have expired after the winners did not come forward by the one-year deadline on the weekend.
The provincial crown corporation said the $500,000 winning ticket, purchased in the Capitale-Nationale region, expired on Saturday. The $250,000 ticket, purchased in the Joliette region, expired on Sunday.
“Prizes that remain unclaimed within the prescribed 12-month time frame are returned to players in the form of bonus prizes and special draws,” said Renaud Dugas, a spokesperson for Loto-Québec. He added that Loto-Québec issued five separate press releases about the prizes over the past 12 months, posted messages on social media, and gave interviews to the media to try to locate the winners, to no avail.
Meanwhile, three prizes of $1 million each have yet to be claimed but have not yet expired. Those winning tickets were purchased in the Laurentides, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield and Gatineau regions.