$50M lottery payout delayed
Once it was revealed on New Years day that the winning lottery ticket from last Friday's Lotto Max $50million dollar jackpot came from Ontario many of us in the rest of Canada certainly had our dreams dashed.
On Monday it was announced the lucky winners were 19 Bell Canada call centre employee who were each going to be cashing in to the tune of $2.6 million tax free dollars.
Tuesday, January 04, 2011 another group of people from the same Bell Canada office, not part of the 19 winners, perhaps disgruntled at not being part of the original group have laid claim to a portion of the $50 million dollar prize winnings.
While Lottery official stung in the past with unknown winners stepping forward to lay claim of others winnings, certainly this new claim will sour what was a joyous occasion for the new year for the 19 millionaires.
Group purchases of lottery tickets still hold the suspense and dreams of winning it big.
While it is said by everyone from Lawyers to Lottery officials to have a written group agreement in place naming everyone in the group who has contributed to the lottery ticket purchases, perhaps this isn't as iron clad as we are led to believe.
There seems to be more and more people taking to a lawyer who were not part of the group looking to cash in. Perhaps jealous, perhaps dreaming they too bought into the group but never do assuming they too are part and parcel of the winnings.
The stories abound both in Canada and the United State of someone with a feeling of self entitlement feeling they too should get their fair share, regardless of the fact they even participated.
There are some groups who cashed in to a big lottery payday, only to learn someone else outside the group laying claim, hoping a legal delay in handing out the winnings with a lengthy legal battle may wear down the legitimate winners desperate to get their cash. The end result seeing the lottery winners relent and part with some of their earnings as a group, getting a smaller share rather than see it divied up into legal fees.
One person amongst a group of self entitled people in Florida living in a poor black section of town took exception to one lucky 17 million dollar lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare, as soon as the lottery winners name and town was published in the paper, it didn't take long for everyone in the neighbourhood to put their hand out, apparently one hand resulted in his disappearance. Though his disappearance initially was not thought unusual, as lottery winners usually have travel on their mind, turned out his travels extended to a 6 foot dirt nap in his backyard, butchered and buried under a concrete slab years earlier by a woman he befriended.
It seems regardless who wins, there is always someone somewhere who gets a piece of the lottery pie. While it is unclear whether this group of disgruntled employees have a claim to the $50 million dollars, one thing is certain, if the legal wrangling drags out, the lawyers will certainly become the beneficiaries in the lottery winnings.
Of course, there may be a lot to be said about group lottery ticket purchases amongst co-workers, even with iron clad binding agreements, it only takes one to turn a dream into a nightmare.
Maybe buying your own lottery ticket for you and you alone seems a best bet. But then dollars to donuts if it isn't a dishonest retailer, it is someone else out there trying to figure out how to get your lottery winnings.