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Australian man accuses fishing buddy of stealing $3.5M lottery ticket

Apr 14, 2016, 12:44 pm

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A dispute between two former fishing buddies who destroyed their friendship over a missing lottery ticket claimed to be worth $3.5 million (US$2.7 million) has ended up in an Australian court.

Preston man Ismet Porcic claims he bought and subsequently lost a winning Tattslotto ticket from an Essendon newsagent in September 2014 that ended up winning a one-sixth share of the $21 million (US$16.2 million) division one prize pool.

Mr. Porcic has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court against Tattersalls alleging that his former close friend, Gabriel Zacharia, stole the lottery ticket and then claimed the massive jackpot for himself.

He is seeking access from the court to CCTV footage recorded by the newsagent, as well as the winning Quickpick ticket itself, so he can get an expert to run fingerprint analysis on it and prove he bought it.

The plasterer claims his entry went missing when he was helping renovate the A1 Bakery in Essendon, said to be co-owned by Mr. Zacharia, on the day of the draw.

However, Mr. Porcic said he did not realize the ticket was missing until a few days later, when a television news bulletin reported a winner from the Essendon newsagency had not come forward.

He went back to see his friend and asked if he could review the CCTV footage taken in his bakery's office on the day he claimed the ticket vanished.

"Gabriel told me that the security camera in his office was not working that evening. At this point, I started to become suspicious of Gabriel," the affidavit said.

Court documents show that before the dispute Mr. Porcic regarded Mr. Zacharia as "my brother" and would spend time with his family socializing or going out to dinner.

The two also co-owned a small boat together and would go fishing as often as once or twice a week. However, that all changed when Mr. Porcic lost his lottery ticket and accused his friend of stealing it.

He claimed that he approached Mr. Zacharia multiple times about the ticket, alleging that phone calls were not returned and that he later changed his mobile number.

After being unable to find Mr. Zacharia, Mr. Porcic said he finally confronted his former friend a month later asking to see the CCTV footage but was rebuffed.

"I left the bakery in frustration and suspicious that Gabriel knew about the ticket and had stolen it," he claimed in the affidavit.

A subsequent meeting set up by Mr Zacharia's cousin in November resulted in a no-show by his friend, Mr. Porcic claimed.

He said that "Gabriel's strange behaviour" given their friendship for "almost a decade" increased his suspicions that "he had stolen the ticket".

Mr. Zacharia's address in court documents is listed in Queensland.

"Our boat is parked in my front yard and remains unregistered. Gabriel and I, who used to spend so many hours together each week fishing, have not fished together since," he said.

Mr. Porcic said he wrote to Tatts about the lost ticket, but was told by an employee that an investigation was conducted which found he was not the purchaser of the ticket.

Multiple requests to review CCTV footage taken at the Essendon newsagent were denied.

A follow-up analysis by Tatts and the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation resulted in the confirmation of the original investigation.

He was told three Quickpick tickets were bought between 5pm and 7:30pm on the day in question and that Mr. Porcic was not one them. One of those tickets was the winner, he was told.

In his affidavit, Mr. Porcic said he was seeking access to CCTV footage, the winner's identity and the ticket itself in order to "potentially commence legal proceedings" to seek a share of the winnings.

Mr. Zacharia was unable to be contacted.

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Keep us posted, glad nobody was killed over this.

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    Easiest way to end a friendship....steal a winning lottery ticket or bang your best friend's spouse, or be accused of stealing the ticket or banging your best friend's spouse. Once suspicion creeps in, forget it the friendship is ruined.

    Seek and ye shall find -Matt. 7:7 ...Ask and ye shall receive -John 16:24 ...Give and it shall be given unto you -Luke 6:38 ...Be careful what you ask for!!! -Mypiemaster 1:1

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      Keep us posted, glad nobody was killed over this.

      Skeptical  not yet anyway jejeje

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        Skeptical  not yet anyway jejeje

        Down under is not exactly like the U.S. of A where almost everybody is packing. I guess he might just throw a fish at his former friend next time they meet.

        Seek and ye shall find -Matt. 7:7 ...Ask and ye shall receive -John 16:24 ...Give and it shall be given unto you -Luke 6:38 ...Be careful what you ask for!!! -Mypiemaster 1:1

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          Keep us posted, glad nobody was killed over this.

           My thoughts exactly sully16. 

           You cannot trust more than two or three people. Maybe less.

           Protect your tickets.

           "We are all in this together!" 

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            Down under is not exactly like the U.S. of A where almost everybody is packing. I guess he might just throw a fish at his former friend next time they meet.

            that or one of these 30 oddish critters LOL 

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              If it were me, I'd kill the guy.  I'd go out, buy the dullest rustiest axe and.....  Blue Angel

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                So you find out that your ticket/tickets are missing after many days and your attention is immediately turned to your " friend " and you want to see the cctv footage of what transpired in the bakery. Do you have the same habits as Mr Robinson- carrying your winning ticket in your shirt pocket, or will the footage reveal  Mr Z pickpocketing you? Sour grapes I suspect.

                 

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                   My thoughts exactly sully16. 

                   You cannot trust more than two or three people. Maybe less.

                   Protect your tickets.

                  Yep, always treat your tickets like cash, because that's what they represent.

                  Winter is coming !   Ned Stark.

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                    A dispute between two former fishing buddies who destroyed their friendship over a missing lottery ticket claimed to be worth $3.5 million (US$2.7 million) has ended up in an Australian court.

                    Preston man Ismet Porcic claims he bought and subsequently lost a winning Tattslotto ticket from an Essendon newsagent in September 2014 that ended up winning a one-sixth share of the $21 million (US$16.2 million) division one prize pool.

                    Mr. Porcic has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court against Tattersalls alleging that his former close friend, Gabriel Zacharia, stole the lottery ticket and then claimed the massive jackpot for himself.

                    He is seeking access from the court to CCTV footage recorded by the newsagent, as well as the winning Quickpick ticket itself, so he can get an expert to run fingerprint analysis on it and prove he bought it.

                    The plasterer claims his entry went missing when he was helping renovate the A1 Bakery in Essendon, said to be co-owned by Mr. Zacharia, on the day of the draw.

                    However, Mr. Porcic said he did not realize the ticket was missing until a few days later, when a television news bulletin reported a winner from the Essendon newsagency had not come forward.

                    He went back to see his friend and asked if he could review the CCTV footage taken in his bakery's office on the day he claimed the ticket vanished.

                    "Gabriel told me that the security camera in his office was not working that evening. At this point, I started to become suspicious of Gabriel," the affidavit said.

                    Court documents show that before the dispute Mr. Porcic regarded Mr. Zacharia as "my brother" and would spend time with his family socializing or going out to dinner.

                    The two also co-owned a small boat together and would go fishing as often as once or twice a week. However, that all changed when Mr. Porcic lost his lottery ticket and accused his friend of stealing it.

                    He claimed that he approached Mr. Zacharia multiple times about the ticket, alleging that phone calls were not returned and that he later changed his mobile number.

                    After being unable to find Mr. Zacharia, Mr. Porcic said he finally confronted his former friend a month later asking to see the CCTV footage but was rebuffed.

                    "I left the bakery in frustration and suspicious that Gabriel knew about the ticket and had stolen it," he claimed in the affidavit.

                    A subsequent meeting set up by Mr Zacharia's cousin in November resulted in a no-show by his friend, Mr. Porcic claimed.

                    He said that "Gabriel's strange behaviour" given their friendship for "almost a decade" increased his suspicions that "he had stolen the ticket".

                    Mr. Zacharia's address in court documents is listed in Queensland.

                    "Our boat is parked in my front yard and remains unregistered. Gabriel and I, who used to spend so many hours together each week fishing, have not fished together since," he said.

                    Mr. Porcic said he wrote to Tatts about the lost ticket, but was told by an employee that an investigation was conducted which found he was not the purchaser of the ticket.

                    Multiple requests to review CCTV footage taken at the Essendon newsagent were denied.

                    A follow-up analysis by Tatts and the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation resulted in the confirmation of the original investigation.

                    He was told three Quickpick tickets were bought between 5pm and 7:30pm on the day in question and that Mr. Porcic was not one them. One of those tickets was the winner, he was told.

                    In his affidavit, Mr. Porcic said he was seeking access to CCTV footage, the winner's identity and the ticket itself in order to "potentially commence legal proceedings" to seek a share of the winnings.

                    Mr. Zacharia was unable to be contacted.

                    News story photo(Click to display full-size in gallery)

                    In Victoria, lottery players can choose to use a player's card, which protects the tickets if lost or stolen.

                    We all get a lot out of lotteries!

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                      Those Australians sure know how to fish.  I wonder how good they are at lotto.

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                        A dispute between two former fishing buddies who destroyed their friendship over a missing lottery ticket claimed to be worth $3.5 million (US$2.7 million) has ended up in an Australian court.

                        Preston man Ismet Porcic claims he bought and subsequently lost a winning Tattslotto ticket from an Essendon newsagent in September 2014 that ended up winning a one-sixth share of the $21 million (US$16.2 million) division one prize pool.

                        Mr. Porcic has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court against Tattersalls alleging that his former close friend, Gabriel Zacharia, stole the lottery ticket and then claimed the massive jackpot for himself.

                        He is seeking access from the court to CCTV footage recorded by the newsagent, as well as the winning Quickpick ticket itself, so he can get an expert to run fingerprint analysis on it and prove he bought it.

                        The plasterer claims his entry went missing when he was helping renovate the A1 Bakery in Essendon, said to be co-owned by Mr. Zacharia, on the day of the draw.

                        However, Mr. Porcic said he did not realize the ticket was missing until a few days later, when a television news bulletin reported a winner from the Essendon newsagency had not come forward.

                        He went back to see his friend and asked if he could review the CCTV footage taken in his bakery's office on the day he claimed the ticket vanished.

                        "Gabriel told me that the security camera in his office was not working that evening. At this point, I started to become suspicious of Gabriel," the affidavit said.

                        Court documents show that before the dispute Mr. Porcic regarded Mr. Zacharia as "my brother" and would spend time with his family socializing or going out to dinner.

                        The two also co-owned a small boat together and would go fishing as often as once or twice a week. However, that all changed when Mr. Porcic lost his lottery ticket and accused his friend of stealing it.

                        He claimed that he approached Mr. Zacharia multiple times about the ticket, alleging that phone calls were not returned and that he later changed his mobile number.

                        After being unable to find Mr. Zacharia, Mr. Porcic said he finally confronted his former friend a month later asking to see the CCTV footage but was rebuffed.

                        "I left the bakery in frustration and suspicious that Gabriel knew about the ticket and had stolen it," he claimed in the affidavit.

                        A subsequent meeting set up by Mr Zacharia's cousin in November resulted in a no-show by his friend, Mr. Porcic claimed.

                        He said that "Gabriel's strange behaviour" given their friendship for "almost a decade" increased his suspicions that "he had stolen the ticket".

                        Mr. Zacharia's address in court documents is listed in Queensland.

                        "Our boat is parked in my front yard and remains unregistered. Gabriel and I, who used to spend so many hours together each week fishing, have not fished together since," he said.

                        Mr. Porcic said he wrote to Tatts about the lost ticket, but was told by an employee that an investigation was conducted which found he was not the purchaser of the ticket.

                        Multiple requests to review CCTV footage taken at the Essendon newsagent were denied.

                        A follow-up analysis by Tatts and the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation resulted in the confirmation of the original investigation.

                        He was told three Quickpick tickets were bought between 5pm and 7:30pm on the day in question and that Mr. Porcic was not one them. One of those tickets was the winner, he was told.

                        In his affidavit, Mr. Porcic said he was seeking access to CCTV footage, the winner's identity and the ticket itself in order to "potentially commence legal proceedings" to seek a share of the winnings.

                        Mr. Zacharia was unable to be contacted.

                        News story photo(Click to display full-size in gallery)

                        Subscriptions are the best way to play, you can't lose any tickets and ownership is never in dispute. If your state doesn't offer a subscription service, you can subscribe to the Massachusetts lottery. The Massachusetts lottery offers a subscription service which is available across the United States, by phone.

                        We all get a lot out of lotteries!

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                          Easiest way to end a friendship....steal a winning lottery ticket or bang your best friend's spouse, or be accused of stealing the ticket or banging your best friend's spouse. Once suspicion creeps in, forget it the friendship is ruined.

                          One thing is certain. It's impossible to steal a winning ticket from somebody who doesn't have one. The story doesn't have much detail, but it sounds like the lottery not only doesn't believe this guy bought the winning ticket, they're sure that it was bought by somebody else.

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                            I didn't know why there was a missing lottery winning ticket.

                            I hope that one $2 ticket is the only one that matches all 5 numbers plus the PB to win the largest PB jackpot in United States history of over $2 Billion Dollars! I hope that one $2 ticket is the only one that matches all 5 numbers plus the Mega Ball to win the largest Mega Millions jackpot in United States history of over $2 Billion Dollars!