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Lottery winners won’t share $1 million prize with pizza delivery driver

‘Their dreams have come true. Why should they steal mine?

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A pizza delivery man in Windsor who sues his friends for a $1 million lottery win gets served.

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Philip Tsotsos claims his former colleagues owe him part of their winnings, even though he no longer works with them and did not pay to play the week their ticket was won. Now the group of 16 winners are seeking to have their lawsuit thrown out.

The lottery pool, launched in 2015, was for employees of the auto parts delivery company they worked for.

The Group of 16 — Steven Todesco, Jessie Reid, Gene Anger, Allan Beharrell, Brian Wilton, Thomas Casterson, Marc-André Chartier, Dil Deuja, John Dunn, Christopher Kaake, Dylan Krahn, Laith Joseph, Brett Lajoie, Jari Laasanen, Aurel “Dale” McFadden and David Nantais – claim Tsotsos “worked inconsistently as a part-time driver”, and his last day was June 4, 2021, according to the defense statement shared with the Toronto Sun by the lawyer David Robins.

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Their winning ticket was in the draw on June 22, 2021 – almost three weeks after its last working day.

The last draw Tsotsos participated in was on May 25, 2021. He asked to be included in a few more draws but had to borrow money from colleagues to participate and more often than not he never repaid the draws. loans.

Three weeks later, Tsotsos told Reid he was having issues with his girlfriend and was “considering going to rehab.”

He was not heard from by anyone at his old place of employment for approximately three months.

The following month, the group of 16 won the $1 million prize, each paying to play.

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Tsotsos “wasn’t allowed to split the prize because he didn’t ask to be included, he didn’t pay any money to play, he was still indebted to Steven Todesco for the money he had borrowed to play in four previous draws, and [he] was alleged to have checked himself into rehab to resolve his personal and substance issues,” the court document read.

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Steven Todesco accepts the $1 million check on behalf of a group of 16. (Handout/Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation)
Steven Todesco accepts the $1 million check on behalf of a group of 16. (Handout/Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation) Picture by handout /Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation

Then in October, Tsotsos learned of the win and texted that he was “p***ed” they hadn’t told him directly but was “glad” they won.

“I’m more hurt than mad because of this. . . to all of you,” reads the text, which makes no mention of his feelings that he deserved a share of the winnings.

Tsotsos believes he deserves a share of the prize and is suing the band of 16 for $70,000 and other costs, accusing the band of “stealing his dreams”. He told CBC Windsor: “Their dreams have come true. Why should they steal mine?

Divided into 16, each member won $62,500, but if included in the pool, they would each have received $58,000. “All of that is a difference of $4,500,” he said.

But the group’s legal filing offers a straightforward answer: “Plaintiff’s claim to a portion of the lottery prize is just a desperate afterthought by a regretful, troubled and jealous person.”


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