B.C. man launches lawsuit claiming ownership of $50M lottery jackpot


spaminator
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B.C. man launches lawsuit claiming ownership of $50M lottery jackpot
THE CANADIAN PRESS
First posted: Friday, December 25, 2015 04:13 PM EST | Updated: Friday, December 25, 2015 09:28 PM EST
VANCOUVER -- A British Columbia man is taking the province's lottery agency to court, saying he is the rightful winner of a $50 million jackpot handed out earlier this month.
George Wilson-Tagoe filed a notice of civil claim in B.C. Supreme Court this week, saying that he purchased the winning Lotto Max ticket from a gas station on his way to work on March 11, 2014.
He said he scanned the ticket, noticed an unusual pattern, and then lost it, possibly throwing it in the trash with old tickets.
"I looked everywhere for the ticket. Couldn't find it," he is quoted in the court documents.
Wilson-Tagoe said he called the B.C. Lottery Corporation and told them what happened.
The allegations contained in the lawsuit have not been proven in court
Angela Koulyras, a spokeswoman for BCLC, said she could not comment on the specifics of the case, but that the agency will be filing a defence against the allegations.
The agency awarded the massive prize to Friedrich Mayrhofer on Dec. 15, nearly two years after the March 2014 draw.
Mayrhofer said earlier this month that the delay in coming forward was due to his family being private and concerned they wouldn't be able to handle the money.
He could not be immediately reached about the legal action against the lottery corporation.
The BCLC received 739 inquiries about the winning ticket and reviewed every claim thoroughly before handing over the $50 million prize to the people verified as the rightful ticket owners, Koulyras said.
"Throughout this process BCLC was guided by maintaining the integrity of the lottery system, which we uphold by ensuring prizes are paid to the right people," she said.
B.C. man launches lawsuit claiming ownership of $50M lottery jackpot | Canada |
 
VanIsle
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Quote: Originally Posted by spaminator View Post

B.C. man launches lawsuit claiming ownership of $50M lottery jackpot
THE CANADIAN PRESS
First posted: Friday, December 25, 2015 04:13 PM EST | Updated: Friday, December 25, 2015 09:28 PM EST
VANCOUVER -- A British Columbia man is taking the province's lottery agency to court, saying he is the rightful winner of a $50 million jackpot handed out earlier this month.
George Wilson-Tagoe filed a notice of civil claim in B.C. Supreme Court this week, saying that he purchased the winning Lotto Max ticket from a gas station on his way to work on March 11, 2014.
He said he scanned the ticket, noticed an unusual pattern, and then lost it, possibly throwing it in the trash with old tickets.
"I looked everywhere for the ticket. Couldn't find it," he is quoted in the court documents.
Wilson-Tagoe said he called the B.C. Lottery Corporation and told them what happened.
The allegations contained in the lawsuit have not been proven in court
Angela Koulyras, a spokeswoman for BCLC, said she could not comment on the specifics of the case, but that the agency will be filing a defence against the allegations.
The agency awarded the massive prize to Friedrich Mayrhofer on Dec. 15, nearly two years after the March 2014 draw.
Mayrhofer said earlier this month that the delay in coming forward was due to his family being private and concerned they wouldn't be able to handle the money.
He could not be immediately reached about the legal action against the lottery corporation.
The BCLC received 739 inquiries about the winning ticket and reviewed every claim thoroughly before handing over the $50 million prize to the people verified as the rightful ticket owners, Koulyras said.
"Throughout this process BCLC was guided by maintaining the integrity of the lottery system, which we uphold by ensuring prizes are paid to the right people," she said.
B.C. man launches lawsuit claiming ownership of $50M lottery jackpot | Canada |

And this is the reason you keep your receipt tucked away!
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by VanIsle View Post

And this is the reason you keep your receipt tucked away!

Or pay by debit card and you always have a record.
 
lone wolf
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Of course, if someone's got the ticket ... yer fooked and all the BS in the world's only gonna make the vul ... er ... lawyers rich
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolf View Post

Of course, if someone's got the ticket ... yer fooked and all the BS in the world's only gonna make the vul ... er ... lawyers rich

Maybe that is why the lottery commission has clearly stated, when you buy your ticket sign the front and fill out the back.. Little hard for someone else to claim they purchased it after that.
 
lone wolf
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That's just common sense. Anyone who needs to be told to button their fly by a commission shouldn't be trusted with lottery winnings anyhow....
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolf View Post

That's just common sense. Anyone who needs to be told to button their fly by a commission shouldn't be trusted with lottery winnings anyhow....

exactly.