Somebody in Markham won a $13.6 million Lotto 6/49 draw back on November 1st, 2014.
The OLG sent out a press release announcing the win.
And that was it.
No big photo op with the winner(s) holding a novelty cheque, no name and heart-warming story printed in the papers to introduce the winner to the public.
The Markham Economist & Sun followed up on the win HERE in an effort to learn who won the jackpot last year.
It turns out that the OLG worked hard to keep his or her name out of the news. Their media relations manager Dita Kuthey said that the winner’s name was posted to their website shortly after the win, but that was it.
Kuthey said the personal circumstances of the winner were rare, and required a special approach. She also stated that not every win is publicized through a news release.
Do you think a winner’s name should always be released, no matter what the circumstances are, in order to maintain transparency at the OLG?
Why do you think this winner isn’t being named? Are they and undercover cop? A politician? Somebody whose life would be in jeopardy if others knew about their win?
Wouldn’t you like your name to be kept secret?