The dispute over a $6.1m Lotto 6/49 jackpot between Canadians Denice Robertson and her ex-partner Maurice Thibeault has reached the law courts and that’s not pleasing the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp (OLG) one little bit.
It was in the September 20, 2017 Lotto 6/49 draw that saw the $6.1m jackpot won. Robertson claims that she should receive half of the winnings as she and Thibeault bought Lotto 6/49 tickets as a couple and had a longstanding agreement to share any winnings, which is a view not shared by her ex.
However, when the Lotto 6/49 jackpot was won, Ms Thibeault claims that she was told their ticket wasn’t a winner. Five days later she returned home to discover that her partner had left the house they were sharing and moved all his things out.
Another Ontario resident, Sandra Donaldson waited a week before telling her husband of their $23.3m Lotto 6/49 jackpot windfall. An Irishman kept a €500,000 EuroMillions Plus win as secret from his wife, but only so he could confirm the win.
In January of this year, OLG paid out half of the Lotto 6/49 jackpot to Mr Thibeault but decided to withhold the other half. They want the courts to take control of the $3m until the dispute over the $6m Lotto 6/49 win can be settled one way or another.
OLG. lawyer James Doris said in a Windsor court on Monday that this is a “classic she said, he said dispute” and that the real fight is between Ms Robertson and Mr Thibeault and nothing to do with the lottery company. “OLG takes no position on who should get the money as long as it is released from liability,” Doris added.
Thibeault’s lawyer, Richard Pollock, said OLG should give the money to his client, then Robertson can sue him for damages based on the alleged agreement between them over the possible sharing of any Lotto 6/49 winnings. He insisted that Robertson has no right to claim the money from OLG or have any say in what her ex does with the winnings after failing to co-operate with their investigation into the dispute. Her lawyer said she wanted a lawyer to be present which OLG refused.
Superior Court Justice Gregory Verbeem hasn’t said when he’ll make a decision. There was a happier time for court workers in Minnesota, USA, when they won a $250,000 Powerball prize.
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