Pay­outs for lost tick­ets

The Glengarry News - - Front Page -

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.

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