Payouts for lost tickets
Some area residents have received unexpected payouts from the Knights of Columbus after their lottery tickets went missing in the mail almost a year ago.
The payments are refunds for tickets people purchased for a 2017 Knights of Columbus Ontario Charities Foundation raffle.
“Due to circumstances beyond our control, your tickets were lost by Canada Post and did not make it into the draw held on July 13, 2017,” reads a letter from the Ontario K of C treasurer Marcel Lemmen and deputy Dan Heffernan. The letter sets out the sequence of events. A council returned its lottery ticket stubs to the Ontario State Office by registered mail well before the draw date. Canada Post lost the package and was unable to trace it. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, which issues lottery licences, was informed of the situation by the Knights of Columbus State Office.
“We were told to treat these tickets in the same way we would treat lost or stolen tickets,” the letter continues. “We opened an investigation with Canada Post. The draw proceeded as scheduled.”
Canada Post found the wayward tickets in early November, four months after the draw, and delivered the package to the Knights of Columbus office in Hamilton.
On the instruction of the gaming commission, the organization has returned the ticket money to each ticket buyer.
“Please accept our apology for this mix-up. As we embark on our 46th year, we hope that you will continue to support our Annual Charities Lottery by once again purchasing tickets,” the letter concludes.
Since the foundation began holding draws in 1972, it has contributed more than $10 million to various charities.
At press time, the organization had not responded to a request by The News for more information.