Lottery legal battle underway

Feb 13 • Feature Story, Local NewsNo Comments on Lottery legal battle underway

Maurice Thibeault collected more than $3 million in January from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission, half the amount of a winning lottery ticket from September. Thibeault’s common-law spouse at the time, Denise Robertson, is fighting for the other half of the lottery win. The OLG held back that amount after learning of the dispute.

Lawyers for Chatham’s Denise Robertson filed papers in court recently to lay claim to half the winnings of a multi-million dollar Lotto 6/49 ticket.

The ticket, purchased by Robertson’s now former common-law spouse, Maurice Thibeault, was the winner in the Sept. 20, 2017 draw, which yielded more than $6 million.

Thibeault didn’t tell Robertson about the winning ticket and moved out. The woman quickly sought legal help.

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission opted in December to pay Thibeault half the winnings, but held back the other half until the dispute is settled.

According to court documents, the claim, filed by lawyer Steve Pickard on Robertson’s behalf, has Robertson seeking $3,073,361.15 – half the lottery winnings – as well as punitive and aggravated damages in the amount of $500,000.

She is also seeking interest on the money, her legal fees and “such further and other relief as this court may deem just,” according to the claim.

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