Ontario Lottery awards man half of $6.1M lottery prize with remainder in legal limbo
An Ontario man who parted tactics with his live-in female friend after profitable the lottery has been awarded half of the disputed $6.1 million Lotto 6/49 prize.
But the remaining of the money bonanza stays in legal limbo.
As first disclosed by way of the Star, Maurice Thibeault arrived on the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.’s Toronto prize centre retaining one of the 2 profitable tickets in the Sept. 20 jackpot, price $12.2 million.
But ahead of the Chatham resident may just accumulate the cash, his former female friend Denise Robertson, 46, got an emergency courtroom injunction and alerted OLG to not surrender the thousands and thousands.
“OLG has verified that the ticket in question was purchased by Maurice Thibeault and will proceed to pay him one-half (approximately $3.07 million) of the prize on or about Dec. 30, 2017,” the provincial gaming company stated in a commentary.
“The other half of the prize, which is in dispute, will be paid into court in 45 days unless the parties resolve the matter privately or choose to take part in the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario’s lottery dispute arbitration process,” OLG stated.
“OLG’s prize claim review process is in place to ensure OLG pays the right prize to the right person.”
Robertson’s attorney, Steven Pickard, stated Monday that “barring a settlement, it’s going to end up in court.”
“The only formal process that we have left to us is a statement of claim. Other than something that’s agreed to by the parties, the next step is a statement of claim,” stated Pickard.
“She does claim that half of the $6.1 million is hers. She doesn’t dispute his half. It’s our position that what’s being paid to court is entirely hers,” he stated.
“They shared everything. She’s adamant and quite confident that she’s entitled to her half. Despite the fact that he’s going to get his half first, she doesn’t think that changes her entitlement.”
Neither Thibeault, 46, nor his attorney, Richard Dinham, returned repeated messages in search of remark.
Sources with regards to Robertson have stated she requested Thibeault if the price ticket, which had the numbers 6, 17, 29, 37, 45, and 47 on it, had received and he spoke back that it hadn’t.
Her buddies say she concept not anything of it till he moved out of her area 5 days after the draw.
In their two years and one month of residing in combination in her area, with her teenage daughter from a prior marriage, the couple ceaselessly performed the lottery, stated a supply.
Thibeault purchased the price ticket at a Chatham comfort retailer the use of a debit card connected to his non-public checking account.
His buddies say whilst she texted him to invite if he’d purchased a price ticket, she didn’t ask him whether or not their numbers had received.
They additionally take care of he have been making plans for months to finish the connection and the lottery win simply expedited the separation.
The two aren’t regarded as common-law spouses as they’d now not cohabited for the needful 3 years and haven’t any youngsters in combination.
On Sept. 25, Robertson, a federal public servant, arrived house to seek out Thibeault, a father of 3 who labored at a granite and glass provide company, had cleared out all his assets from their shared house. He had additionally give up his process.
The different half of the entire $12.2 million prize used to be received by way of a price ticket holder in Quebec.