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Ontario resident sat on hefty unclaimed lottery jackpot for two weeks

One very lucky Ontario resident didn't realize she had won a major Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) prize for two full weeks after being notified of the win.

Julie Leidecker of Lanark Highlands, Ontario, is a faithful lottery player with 25 years of weekly draws under her belt. But for someone so dedicated to gaming, you'd think they would be more aware of their results.

The 53-year-old healthcare worker had won nearly $250,000 as a second prize in the Dec. 14 Lotto 6/49 draw and was notified of her jackpot through an email — that went unchecked for 14 days.

"It said, 'We have big news' and when I opened it, I saw I won $249,324! I couldn't believe that was sitting in my email for two weeks!," Leidecker told the OLG in Toronto while picking up her novelty cheque.

Now she plans to pay off some important bills like her car payment and mortgage while saving the rest for future retirement plans.

"This feels amazing! This year will be eventful and better than ever," she said.

Leidecker isn't the only recent lotto winner to not realize they had won for some time, including $60 million winner Camellia Talachi who didn't claim her jackpot for weeks.

Remember folks, probably the most important part of playing the lottery is checking to make sure you won the jackpot!

Lead photo by

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation 


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