Lottery is a popular game among the people of Canada. The lottery winnings are not subjected to any tax and this has prompted hundreds of thousands of people to participate in the game. Initially, there were only a handful of lottery games available in Canada, but over time and due to the popularity among the masses, more and more games have been added. You can participate in the Lotto Max, Lotto 6/49, Quebec 49, Pick 3, Pick 4 and plenty more. These games have awarded numerous prizes and have helped people become millionaires overnight. In a nutshell, they have changed lives of the players.
One Canadian couple definitely saw their lives turn around completely due to their participation in the lottery. Douglas and Barbara Fink were regular lottery players and they had won the lottery twice before. Their first win was back in 1989 and the second one occurred in 2010. However, their third and largest win was the charm for the couple as they were able to win a massive prize of C$8.2 million. The Western Canada lottery jackpot was definitely a game changer for them and the couple decided that they would use it for helping out their kids.
Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta Mr. Fink said that family was a priority for them and they wanted to ensure that their daughters and their grandchildren were provided for. However, he also said that they would take some of the winnings for themselves as well. They had plans of starting house hunting and also had traveling plans. Mr. Fink said that his wife wanted a new house and he would make sure she got one.
As for the previous winnings of the couple, Mr. Fink had played the lottery with four of his friends in 1989 and this had netted him a prize of C$128,000. The second prize had been won by the couple together in 2010 and it was about C$100,000. The third time around, the couple was one of the two ticket holders who were able to correctly guess the six numbers. Mrs. Fink disclosed that she was the one who had discovered that they had won the draw as her husband had been out of town due to his work.
The first thing she did was to give him a call, but he hadn’t attended the call at first. She waited for a few minutes and called her husband again. This time he answered and she gave him the good news. The lottery has undoubtedly been lucky for this Canadian couple and they have used it to improve their life considerably. While they have been lucky, another Canadian couple was torn apart due to their lottery winnings.
It seems that things might be fair in love and war, but when it comes to love and money, it is for the courts to make a decision. Canadian couple Denise Robertson and Maurice Thibeault chose to go to court after a C$6 million lottery prize drove a wedge between them. Denise got a court injunction against her ex on September 28th, 2017 to prevent him from cashing-in the prize. The couple had won the jackpot in the September 20th draw and only five days later, Mr. Thibeault had moved out from the couple’s shared apartment in Chatham, Ontario.
Ms. Robertson presented an affidavit stating the couple had lived together for the last two and a half years. She stated that throughout their relationship, both of them had bought Lotto 649 tickets. Denise said that sometimes she bought the tickets and other times he would purchase them. She asserted that sometimes she would give Maurice money to buy the tickets when he went out to buy cigarettes.
Denise disclosed that they had had an agreement; if any one of them had a winning ticket, the prize would be theirs as a couple. The Lotto 649 draw had a prize of $12 million and Mr. Thibeault was one of the two winners of this amount. According to Ms. Robertson, when she asked him if he had won, he completely denied winning. She said that when she came home on 25th September, she found that he had removed all of his belongings and had actually quit his job as well.
She recalled that the night before, Mr. Thibeault had done around 15 loads of laundry of all his clothes and hadn’t put them back in closets and drawers as if he already had plans of packing up and leaving. Sources close to Maurice revealed that he had wanted to leave her for months and the lottery provided him with the resources to do so. He was now ‘laying low’ in an undisclosed location until the matter is resolved.
The couple resides in Ontario and in this province, the duration for which a person must live with a partner for being considered as common-law varies as per the type of application that’s being filed. In the case of spousal support, an application requires that the couple should have lived together for at least three years. However, Ms. Robertson has argued that she is entitled to receive her share of the winnings because they had had a prior agreement about sharing any lotto winnings between them.
Denise said that they had dreamed about winning the lottery and even discussed plans about buying muscle cars and a large property in the country. Transcripts of text messages were also provided to the court, which showed she had communicated with Maurice about the ticket when she discovered one winning ticket was bought in Chatham and the other in Quebec. The court chose to pay $3 million to Maurice as Ms. Robertson was only contesting half of the lottery prize.
Ms. Robertson was not pleased with this decision as she said it provided Maurice with the resources to fight her on the legal front in a better way. The OLG has paid the prize to the court, leaving it to decide who should get the remaining sum of money.