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81-Year-Old Sues Over Lottery Win Gone Wrong

2 March 2005

TORONTO, Ontario -- As reported by the CBC: "An 81-year-old man is suing the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, claiming two convenience store owners cheated him out of his $250,000 winning ticket.

"Robert Edmonds has already sued Phyllis and Scott LaPlante, owners of the Coboconk, Ont., store, who ended up paying him $150,000 to settle the suit without admitting any wrongdoing.

"The cancer survivor from the Kawartha Lakes region wants the other $100,000 plus interest, though, so he's suing the lottery corporation.

"...His suit alleges that Phyllis LaPlante checked his Lotto Super 7 ticket for that draw and told him he'd won a free ticket.

"...LaPlante cashed in the ticket, saying she had bought it..." He claims that when he called the lottery corporation to complain, a woman who answered the phone told him he should have been more careful with his ticket. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation is fighting the lawsuit, saying it is not responsible for the actions of ticket agents because they are independent contractors.

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