Lotto Max legal dispute could end soon

Monday June 20th 2011

A Lotto Max legal dispute could end soon after a $33 million win in April saw seven lottery players lay claim to the fortune. Court proceeding that took place last week resulted in all but two of the seven players withdraw their claims to the Lotto Max win and only one of the remaining two actually held a signed copy of the winning ticket when he went to the lottery corporation’s office in St Albert.

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Friends swiping their lottery tickets and some being lost in the garbage are just some of the reasons that were presented in court by the seven people who were laying claim to the Lotto Max win. However, the Western Canada Lottery Corporation believes the one player who presented the winning Lotto Max ticket is the rightful winner.

Matthew Hayduk, who held the winning Lotto Max ticket and Ted Baltoussen are the two who remain in the legal dispute with Baltoussen claiming that a convenience store clerk had switch two tickets that he had asked to be verified. After an Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission investigator viewed video footage of the exchange in the convenience store, it was found that no Lotto Max tickets were swapped. However, Baltoussen deems the video footage as inconclusive and also claims that he can’t be sure where he bought his Lotto Max ticket from as he buys tickets from all over when he is travelling for work.

Baltoussen has until Tuesday to make a formal court application and has been told that if he wishes to seriously pursue his claim for the Lotto Max win, then he must prove he bought the winning lotto ticket.

Written by Brett Levenson

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