For several years, 17 friends have been gathering to buy lottery tickets in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Every once in a while someone is late, as one of them did, but they end up in an awkward situation for a pizza delivery guy.
Univisión Noticias reported Friday, May 6, that Philip Tsotsos is suing his 16 friends for “stealing his dreams” by depriving him of his share of a prize of 1 million Canadian dollars (nearly $800,000 USD).
Tsotsos said that he has been in the dynamics of this group for up to six years, during which time he has been behind by as much as $100, but assures that he always pays off his debts little by little.
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Last year, he owed $30, and tired of his delays, the fundraising organizer told him he had to pay another 10 in interest. “You just have to deduct them from me when we win,” The man answered jokingly.
Days later, after arriving with pizza for his friends, he found out on social media that they had won a Maxmillion prize with a Lotto Max ticket from the Ontario lottery.
“Why didn’t they tell me they won? These guys are like my family,” he told CBC News. “His dreams came true. Why are they stealing from me?
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When he asked them for the truth, his friends replied that he owed it to them, and he was not considered part of this draw. Instead, Tsotsos thinks he should be the 17th winner.
“He didn’t pay to play, “Therefore, we deny that he deserves the compensation he is seeking, and we will vigorously defend our position,” said the group’s attorney, David Robbins.
The delivery worker insists that in order to be kept away from the group, he had to have been notified. In the end, the 16 shared $62,500.
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Tsotsos claim C$70,000.