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Lottery cash frozen as family feuds over winnings

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Since celebrating a $3.5 million lottery win earlier this year, a Windsor, Ontario, family has been torn apart with an elderly man accusing his wife and stepdaughters of conspiring to hide the winnings from him.

Retired carpenter Gerald Moore, 81, filed a lawsuit saying he bought the ticket. His homemaker wife of 10 years, Mary Patricia Moore, 59, says it was her daughter's ticket.

To complicate matters, the suit was filed by Mr. Moore a month after Ms. Moore filed for divorce, and police have struck up their own investigation.

Until things are sorted out, an Ontario Supreme Court judge last week froze the winnings and assets of the family, saying: "There is strong evidence that the plaintiff [Mr. Moore] purchased the lottery ticket."

The ticket won $3,499,638 on April 2.

According to Mr. Moore's statement of claim, he bought $20 in gas and a $5 Lotto 6/49 ticket from Pioneer Petroleum on April 1. Mr. Moore says he's on a first-name basis with the gas station owner. Ms. Moore, meanwhile, says she bought the ticket on behalf of her daughter, Bobbie-Jo Arnold.

Mr. Moore says he left the ticket on the nightstand. On April 3, his wife took the ticket without telling him, drove to a nearby store with her adult daughters from a previous marriage, and phoned Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. to confirm the win, his statement of claim says.

Ms. Moore then drove to Toronto, where the prize was claimed by Ms. Arnold, Mr. Moore alleges. Mr. Moore says he read about his stepdaughter's win in the newspaper the next day, saying his wife never told him about it.

He also says his wife "...manipulated [his] pain, blood pressure, heart and blood medication for the purpose of rendering him physically, emotionally and psychologically incapable of appreciating the nature and consequence of the events..."

Ms. Moore's lawyer Samuel Mossman yesterday called that a "ridiculous allegation," saying she has no medical training or ability to manipulate medication.

After claiming the prize, Ms. Arnold kept $1 million, gave $1 million to her sister, and $1.5 million to her mother.

In her statement of defence filed yesterday, Ms. Moore said she bought the $5 ticket on her daughter's behalf; that she told her husband of the win as soon as she and her daughters returned from Toronto; and that she spent the vast majority of what her daughter gave her on things that benefited the couple.

These included paying off mutual debts, buying at least one home in both their names, and buying Mr. Moore a new SUV, Mr. Mossman said yesterday. It was only after her husband's children learned of the prize that the dispute worsened and led her to file for divorce, she says. All that's left of her share of the winnings is about $200,000, her lawyer said, adding it's in an investment account in both Mr. and Ms. Moore's names.

"She spent an awful lot of money on her husband, which is counterintuitive if she's trying to take money from him," Mr. Mossman said.

"It's the classic he-said, she-said story," he added.

The crux of the case appears to boil down to a simple question: Who bought the ticket? The owner of the gas station, who Mr. Moore says he knows and his wife does not, did not return phone calls last night.

Mr. Moore is seeking full repayment of the winnings, the rights to many of the extended family's homes, the $200,000 investment, additional mutual funds, and an another $1.5 million in general and punitive damages — more than $5 million in claims. His wife's extended family, including Ms. Arnold, and the OLG are all named in the suit.

Once Mr. Moore's claim came to the attention of OLG, the case was deemed a suspicious win — because of the disputing claims — and handed over to Ontario Provincial Police officers at the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario who specialize in such investigations. That investigation is ongoing, AGCO spokeswoman Lisa Murray said yesterday.

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Posted: September 28, 2008, 7:39 pm - IP Logged

Seems to me that the lottery needs to decipher all of those numbers that appear on every lottery ticket that to the average ticket holder make no sense.Those numbers will tell the story of when & where the ticket was sold.Have the Moores tell when & where they bought ticket.The one that gets it wrong is the liar & the thief.The other wins.

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    Posted: September 28, 2008, 8:04 pm - IP Logged

    Wow, certainly went through over a million dollars rather quickly... Strange though that the daughter who was supposedly the winner received a smaller share than her mother, even if she bought the ticket for her...

    You can't predict random.

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      Posted: September 28, 2008, 8:45 pm - IP Logged

      What if.......as soon as one buys a ticket(s)....sign them right there and then.  Regardless if the drawing is in 2 more days...or if you don't even know if your a winner.  What harm can it do?  You are claiming the ticket is rightfully yours right then and there.  Then...if it is a winner....or comes up missing.....you can yell FAUL and have your name on it to back it up.

      I never thought of that before.  Most will sign the ticket as soon as they see its a winner...but not right after purchasing it.  If its a loser....simply toss it in the save bin....or the trash bin...

      Surrender You can run, but you can't hide mighty Jackpot...surrender to me at once!

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        Posted: September 28, 2008, 8:47 pm - IP Logged

        Wow, certainly went through over a million dollars rather quickly... Strange though that the daughter who was supposedly the winner received a smaller share than her mother, even if she bought the ticket for her...

        I Agree! totally. whats up w/that?

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          Posted: September 28, 2008, 9:11 pm - IP Logged

          omg......this is going to be so interesting to see play out....lol

          for the love of money...................

          Oogle  waiting patiently for my jackpot

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            Posted: September 28, 2008, 9:30 pm - IP Logged

            Now correct me if I'm wrong it said nowhere that she gave any money to the daughter and why not if she played the numbers for her. I smell a rat and why would you just give your mother and sister a million each. Now I love both my mother and sister dearly but I don't think if I only won 3mil that I would give them a million each maybe half a mil. I think I C some pure Karma coming.

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              Posted: September 29, 2008, 12:19 am - IP Logged

              Actually, the daughter only "kept" a million for herself, gave her sister a million as well for some reason gave her mother 1.5 million... Splitting it like that is just odd...

              You can't predict random.

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                Posted: September 29, 2008, 1:43 am - IP Logged

                yeah the claim the daughter bought the ticket is proved wrong by the giving the mum 1.5 mill. of the win.

                to me that proves that the mother obtained the ticket, and paid the daughter to claim it. ie she stole it. the old man is lucky he didnt get overdosed on  his medication and end up dead.

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                  Posted: September 29, 2008, 1:46 am - IP Logged

                  The whole thing is crazy, but interesting.

                  "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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                    Posted: September 30, 2008, 7:10 pm - IP Logged

                    Sounds like another story of PURE GREED.Lurking  Naughty

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                      Posted: September 30, 2008, 8:59 pm - IP Logged

                      "Retired carpenter Gerald Moore, 81, filed a lawsuit saying he bought the ticket. His homemaker wife of 10 years, Mary Patricia Moore, 59, says it was her daughter's ticket."

                      Wow that sure is quite an age span.  Looks like she is a gold digger for sure.  I sure hopes she gets what she deserves...zilch, zero, nada.

                      Mrs B.Banana

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                        Posted: September 30, 2008, 9:52 pm - IP Logged

                        "Retired carpenter Gerald Moore, 81, filed a lawsuit saying he bought the ticket. His homemaker wife of 10 years, Mary Patricia Moore, 59, says it was her daughter's ticket."

                        Wow that sure is quite an age span.  Looks like she is a gold digger for sure.  I sure hopes she gets what she deserves...zilch, zero, nada.

                        i noticed it says " home maker wife "  I wonder if that means they married for the purpose of her looking after him?  ie love was never a part of the deal.

                         

                        my other comment is that dont lottery  agents usually have video recordings of the ticet sales area and exact footage of when the tickets are sold? i dont think theres going to be that much dificulty in finding the real owner, maybe the authorities are letting the lying theif dig themselves a bigger hole befor they start piling the dirt on top.

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                          Posted: October 1, 2008, 1:28 am - IP Logged

                          i noticed it says " home maker wife "  I wonder if that means they married for the purpose of her looking after him?  ie love was never a part of the deal.

                           

                          my other comment is that dont lottery  agents usually have video recordings of the ticet sales area and exact footage of when the tickets are sold? i dont think theres going to be that much dificulty in finding the real owner, maybe the authorities are letting the lying theif dig themselves a bigger hole befor they start piling the dirt on top.

                          I Agree!

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