Friday, January 24, 2014

Wheelchair-Bound Canadian Man Claims Lottery Jackpot Was Stolen

A former councilor from Maple Ridge, British Columbia, who was confined to a wheelchair after being shot in the head last year, claims he is the rightful owner of a Lotto 649 ticket that won $3.6 million six years ago.

Franz Prokop's lawyer told the court his client bought the ticket while shopping with his former common-law partner, Angelina Dushop, who then claimed the prize with her son nearly a year later.

A manager from the British Columbia Lottery Corporation testified that Peter Dushop seemed unclear about where and when he bought the ticket, so they were initially reluctant to award the prize, but later decided he did buy the ticket and gave him the money.

Prokop has been unable to prove his claim to the court.