Lottery officials: Rightful winners of '03 jackpot getting paid
January 27th, 2011
11:14 PM ET

Lottery officials: Rightful winners of '03 jackpot getting paid

Canadian lottery officials say they’ve finally awarded to the correct people a 2003 multimillion-dollar jackpot that authorities say was fraudulently claimed by a lottery retailer’s relative.

Seven men who played Canada’s Super 7 lottery together in December 2003 were awarded a $12.5 million jackpot plus $2.35 million in interest after being declared the rightful winners, the Toronto Star reported. Each will receive $2.1 million.

“It’s a little surreal,” one of the men, Joseph Reaman, 35, of Ridgeville, Ontario, said at a news conference introducing the winners, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. “I got a baby on the way, and he’s pretty much set for life.”

The correction comes after three members of a family - two of whom worked for a Burlington, Ontario, lottery outlet – were charged last year on suspicion of stealing the winning ticket, according to the CBC.

An investigation by lottery officials and provincial police revealed that one of the seven rightful winners bought a Super 7 ticket at a store in October 2003 in St. Catharines, Ontario. The buyer redeemed the ticket later at the outlet in Burlington and wasn’t told that he won a free ticket, investigators determined, according to the CBC.

That ticket went on to win a $12.5 million jackpot. It was claimed by Kathleen Chung, sister and daughter of men who worked at the outlet.

A lottery investigator learned that Chung was a relative of retailers Kenneth Chung and Jun-Chul Chung, but the lottery paid her because it couldn’t prove wrongdoing, the CBC reported.

After the CBC’s “Fifth Estate” program profiled Chung – with Chung claiming not being able to remember where she bought the ticket - provincial police investigated the case and determined that the outlet didn’t give the free ticket to its rightful owner, leading to last year’s charges, which include theft and fraud, according to the CBC.

Further investigation led authorities to determine the prize belongs to the seven men who were awarded Thursday. The men were co-workers in the construction business in 2003, the Star reported.

“After more than seven long years, the right prize is going to the right people,” a beaming Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission chair Paul Godfrey said Thursday, according to the Star.

The Chungs are free on bail as they await trial, the Star and the CBC reported.

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  1. lucky7s

    So 7 guys played Super 7 and it took 7 years for them to get paid... lucky 7s paid off!!!

    January 28, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |

    they were immigrants, came to Canada as most immigrants are, they do not appreciate this country, they come and take advantage and this family should be shipped back to where they came from, you come to Canada, commit a crime and you can stay no problem, slap on the wrist, if our gov't had any balls they would deport any immigrant who commits a crime back instead of welcoming thousands and thousands more every year.

    January 28, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Do you have to be white to be Canadian?

      Candiana – Nice ignorant statement. You are applying a 8 year old's mentality to immigration policy. None of us have ever heard of your opinion now, have we? "Go back to where you come from." Should I give you the 8 year old's response so you can understand? Where did white canadians come from? How many generations do you have to go back before your family should have been sent back to where they came from for being stupid? Did they ever just take land that wasn't theirs or possibly just paid pennies for land that was just taken from natives? Bottom line – regardless of ethnicity or how long they have had the luxury of living in Canada, a crook is a crook. You want to talk about sending anyone back to where they came from or where they should go, let's send you back to middle school so you can learn some logic and a rational way to solve problems.

      January 28, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |

    Kickstand get lost, how dare you say that those chinky winiky's are more canadian than most, them come here, NEVER learn our language, are rude, ignorant people Just admit you know this, I don't know how many times I've encountered such individuals.

    January 28, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Do you have to be white to be Canadian?

      Canadiana – I love how simple-minded you are...reminds me of Nazi's. Are you a jew? Kill. Are you not black? kill. C'mon, don't start backpeddling now you racist.

      January 28, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      rude, ignorant, etc?
      Look in the mirror.

      January 28, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. steve W.

    its canadien news who cares, famous for the misearable sport hockey...pigvomit

    January 28, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      White trash will always be white trash.. must be nice to be living where you have 15 % unemployment rate, lack of healthcare and low education system .. 🙂 Piece of white trash!

      January 28, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. David Indiana

    Just a word of prevention: Always sign your lottery ticket as soon as you buy it.

    January 28, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Wally Boyce

    Canadiana ,
    Unfortunately there are criminals among us , even when we live in a country as free and beautiful as ours.The criminal element is not racist , there are criminals of all nationalities including Canadian in our country. Please don't let bigotry be your crime. And if you don't think BIGOTRY is a crime , GO READ YOUR HISTORY BOOKS .

    January 28, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. truthinrock

    Ain't human nature great! Having to wait 7 years would really suk!

    January 28, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lewy

    Chung – the name says it all.

    January 28, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      An Asian trying to steal another person's money...say it ain't so. Before all you people start writing the word racist, you need to live amongst REAL Asians, as I do, and then you will understand that it is an accepted activity if one can get away with really is.

      January 28, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Zane

    It's amazing how many convenience store owners and employees "win" big lottery jackpots.

    Recently, a convenience store clerk "won" a $258 million Powerball jackpot on a ticket that he "purchased at the store where he works."

    Hmm. How convenient.


    January 28, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. number$

    >Is the Canadian lottery conducted differently from usual ones? Do you put your name and address on the tickets when >you buy them? How would the Lottery officials know who had the winning ticket?

    Actually that was the most interesting part of the story and left out on the CNN article. They went back through lottery purchase records (millions of them) and detected purchase patterns – who bought what with what numbers when. Pattern analysis allowed them to narrow down who purchased the ticket – a group of guys who bought the same ticket together regularly.

    January 28, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. WangChun


    January 28, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. supertoy, stir fried?! Lmao!

    January 28, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. 80s

    everybody wang chung tonight

    January 29, 2011 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. Chung

    Free on bail?
    Hu arranged this?

    January 29, 2011 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  15. Trendkiller

    You guyz are all.wack wasting your time and energy on thiz dog crap nosence thatz why thiz place is how it is. Full of retards thatz why we can't get society to move foward and worrey about the real thingz in life. I do have to admit that itz prttey entertaining to watch you guyz go at it. You know what they say "god protectz foolz and drunkz" so I guess you guyz are set on that part... Lucky

    January 29, 2011 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
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