14/08/2014 12:56 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Ultimate Christmas Present: Mum Wins $50 Million With Lottery Ticket She LOST A Year Ago

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The only people who knock on my door are delivery drivers with packages that my wife has ordered for Christmas so how I dream about getting a visit like the one Kathryn Jones received.

The mother-of-two from Canada answered the door to be told she was rich beyond her wildest dreams - $50 million dollars rich, to be precise.

And her reaction was pretty much the same as anyone's would be in her position: she thought it was a wind-up.

But, no, her luck had come in, with bells on. Ker...Ching! What a Christmas present!

So whats all this about then? Well, a year ago 55-year-old Kathryn had bought a lottery ticket from a Shoppers Drug Mart in Cambridge, Ontario.

She can't even remember buying it – but then she went on to lose it.

However, officials from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation were determined that the winning ticket must be honoured and so tracked Kathryn down to her home.

She told a press conference: "We weren't sure we wanted to let them in the house. Then they showed us their ID, so they came in and sat down and started asking a number of questions."

She added: "As you can imagine this has been a very weird and wonderful journey. I feel almost as though I have been struck by lightning twice because first to win is pretty incredible, but then to lose a ticket and then to have OLG find me and take the initiative to actually contact me is also pretty incredible."

OLG President and CEO Rod Phillips explained that officials investigated after the massive jackpot lay unclaimed last year.

They found out when and where the winning ticket had been purchased and used surveillance footage from inside the shop to match it to the winner - Mrs Jones.

Then they verified the purchase through her credit card records after she provided investigators with copies.

Kathryn said it was fortunate that she used her card as she usually pays cash when she plays.

Mr Phillips added: "The case of this outstanding $50-million Lotto Max jackpot is one of the most unique in OLG's history.

"I am pleased that we are one step closer to awarding this multi-million dollar prize."

Kathryn said of the investigation: "There was no reason they needed to do this, but they did, and I'm very appreciative."

She said that even when she heard about the unclaimed prize, she never thought she could be the winner. She said she was busy at work and with Christmas planning so she was focused on other things.

The prize will be officially presented to her in January and until then, she said she is not thinking of the money as hers.

She said: "You try to brace yourself for 'maybe this isn't going to happen'.

"I am still in shock... I completely respect OLG's rules and processes. I now anxiously anticipate the end of the wait period."

Kathryn said she does not know how she will spend the money - but that her two grown children with her husband Richard are warning her to keep her feet firmly on the ground.

Still now, Kathryn has no idea what became of the winning ticket.

She said: "I wish I knew. I honestly don't know. I have looked into my house very thoroughly and it's not there. I'm not sure whether I threw it out by accident or what happened to it."

Lotto Tracks Down Woman With Unclaimed $50M Ticket