An Ontario man has received 50% of a controversial lottery jackpot worth $6.1 million; the rest is still in legal inertia.
Maurice Thibeault discovered in September that he had won the Lotto 6-49 prize. Allegedly, he was required to give part of the winnings to his girlfriend whom he lived with.
However, rather than do so, he packed his possessions and moved out. He carried the winning ticket of $6.1 million with him.When Tanya Robertson, his ex-girlfriend discovered this, she informed the OLG (Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp) and obtained an urgent court order to suspend the prize.
From that time, the prize has been undergoing evaluation.
After evaluating the prize claim, on Tuesday the OLG stated that it confirmed that Maurice Thibeault bought the specific ticket and will award him ½ of the prize on 30 December 2017 (or around that time).
‘The rest of the prize that is being disputed shall be submitted to the court within forty-five days. This is unless this issue is privately solved by the parties or in case they opt to join the Ontario’s lottery dispute arbitration procedure of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission,’ said the OLG in a statement.
Robertson’s Lawyer, Steven Pickard, remarked that in case the two do not reach an agreement, a judge shall need to establish who obtains the remaining 50%.
‘The only two choices are to agree or start a legal proceeding,’ he stated. ‘Agreement has not yet been reached.’
How it all began
According to Robertson, she and Thibeault started cohabiting in 2015 in Chatham, Ont. and often purchased tickets for Lotto 6-49. She stated that the two of them agreed that in case they emerged winners, they would share the prize as partners.
On 20, September, Thibeault purchased a lottery ticket which became the winner of 50% of the jackpot worth $12 million. However, he informed her that they had not won. Five days afterward, Robertson claimed he packed and left their house without telling her.