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Supreme Ventures tried hard to find ticket holder

Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Dear Editor,

We write with reference to your front page story of Sunday, October 15, entitled 'Lotto's $186-m mystery'.

Since the advent of the multi-jurisdictional Super Lotto game Jamaica has produced an amazing 1,564,244 winners across the game's different tiers. Of that number, there were six jackpot winners. Two of those winners did not claim their prizes of $286 million (October 2012) and $186 million (December 2012), respectively.

Winners of the game have a 90-day window within which to present their signed, winning ticket, at which time a thorough verification process is done with payment made expeditiously to winners once that process is complete — usually within a week.

Our records indicate that on December 28, 2012, draw #342 produced a winner, with the numbers 01, 03, 05, 07, 16, and the Super Ball 10. The winning $150 ticket was purchased at Nicey Nicey Bar & Grill, Byndloss District, Linstead, and not at 'Big Tree' in Clarendon as was stated in your article.

As is customary when a winner is found, press announcements are made for the winner to come forward. In the spirit of transparency with which we operate, winners are then presented with their prize at a press conference where media are always invited.

In this particular case, standard procedure was followed. When it was noticed that the 90-day window was closing, Supreme Ventures utilised every avenue to notify the winner. We placed print and radio ads, did a press release with an 'Is It You?' feature, sent terminal messages out to our agent network, and placed on-the-ticket messages as well. Our draw script was used as an additional vehicle to encourage the winner to come forward. We also staged an event at the winning location, with town criers in the vicinity of the winning location employed to assist us in finding the holder of the winning ticket.

As per our regulatory requirements, all unclaimed Lotto and Super Lotto winnings go directly to the Government. With no one having claimed the prize money up to the expiration period, ending March 28, 2013, the Government received these funds.

We remind players of our Lotto and Super Lotto games that winning tickets are to be signed and kept safely until they are submitted to our Corporate Office, located at 28-48 Barbados Avenue. Agent locations are independent contractors and not company-operated locations. They therefore operate independently of Supreme Ventures Limited.

Integrity and transparency are critical to our operations at Supreme Ventures. We are happy to answer any follow-up questions which arise.

Simone Clarke-Cooper

AVP, Group Corporate Communication

Supreme Ventures Limited




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