COURT DECIDES TO HOLD DISPUTED $3M LOTTO 6/49 WIN
The dispute between Canadians Denise Robertson and her ex-partner Maurice Thibeault continues. A Windsor judge has declared that the court hold half of the $6.1m Lotto 6/49 prize won last September.
This Lotto 6/49 controversy began when Thibeault claimed a $6.1m jackpot from the draw held on September 20. He then moved out of the home he shared with Robertson five days after the Lotto 6/49 draw without telling her, though she was suspicious as to why he was doing 15 loads of laundry the night before he left their home without putting the clothes back into the drawers and closets.
He then claimed the Lotto 6/49 jackpot and quit his job which didn’t delight Robertson when she found all this out. When she asked him about the jackpot win he denied having the winning ticket. His former partner then sued for half of the Lotto 6/49 winnings claiming they had a verbal agreement to share any lottery winnings, something her ex-partner denies claiming the money used to buy the winning Lotto 6/49 ticket came from his own personal account.
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) have paid Mr Thibeault $3m but held back the other half until the Lotto 6/49 dispute can be resolved. Earlier this year Canadian Brett McCoy failed in a bid to receive half of the $60m Lotto Max jackpot won by his partner Robin Nicole Walker.
The Lotto 6/49 dispute reached court last month where OLG lawyer James Doris argued that the remaining $3m should be given to the court until a decision is made on who should claim it. He stated: “The OLG is a stakeholder in a fight in which it has no stake or interest.”
Now Justice Gregory Verbeem has ordered the court to hold the remaining half of the $6.1m Lotto 6/49 jackpot win. In England, £9.3m UK Lotto winner Paul Long split up with his girlfriend just weeks before his big win but said he might treat her. An American from Michigan gave all of his $500,000 Lucky Streak win to his brother.
No date has been set for a trial over the disputed winnings, but lawyers believe a decision on who receives the remaining $3m Lotto 6/49 prize may not be made until 2019. Thibeault has also launched a lawsuit against the provincial lottery regulator, seeking a total $825,000 in damages from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.