Woman Sues Her Ex

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Denise Robertson is taking her former partner Maurice Thibeault to court in Ontario, Canada, after he left her following his jackpot win on September 20

THE jilted ex-girlfriend of a Canadian lottery winner is taking him to court to wrestle away half of his £3.5 million jackpot.

Denise Robertson’s heartbreak turned to fury when she discovered that her partner Maurice Thibeault had left her following the huge lotto win on September 20.

She has filed a claim at a court in Chatham, Ontario, in a bid to get half his winnings plus an additional £286,000 in punitive damages.

Denise claims that pair had played Lotto 6/49 every week and had dreamed of buying a big house where they could indulge in their love of muscle cars – and as they lived together, they were in a common-law relationship which has many of the same rights as a marriage.

Her lawyer Steven Pickard said that Ontario’s lottery regulator had only paid Thibeault half his winning and has left the other £1.75 million (over three million Canadian dollars) with the courts to determine its rightful owner, reports the Windsor Star.

Speaking TheStar.com, Pickard said that it could take up to 18 months for the case to be heard while insisting he wants a jury trial.

He said: “They always agreed that if they had a winning ticket, the proceeds would be theirs, together as a couple.

“Maurice and Denise have been buying Lotto 6/49 tickets together for almost their entire relationship.

“Sometimes he would purchase the tickets and sometimes Denise would.

“Sometimes Denise would give him money, and he would buy the tickets when he went to pick up cigarettes.”

Denise’s legal team allege that Thibeault “behaved with deceit, arrogance, high-handedness and a callous disregard” for her and her rights.

She says she and her teenage daughter lived with Thibeault from July 2015 until September 2017.

When Denise heard that someone in Chatham had bought the winning ticket – which entitled the winner to half of a £7million jackpot – she asked Thibeault if he had bought a ticket that week.

In the claim filed Monday, it is alleged that Thibeault “made it clear to Denise that they did not have the winning ticket.”

And the following day, Denise came home and was “shocked to see that Maurice had packed up and removed all of his clothes, his toiletries and most of his other personal items and his Canadian passport.”

She alleges that she found out that Thibeault had texted his boss a message saying he was quitting his job and stating that he had broken up with her.

The message read: “Denise and I are no longer together.

“Since I left her Monday another life-changing thing has happened. I am sad to tell you by text but I will not be coming back to work.”

He then allegedly followed that text with a message containing a picture of the winning lottery ticket.

Speaking about his desire to have the case heard in front of a jury, Pickard said: “We think this is something that the public is interested in, that the public will have an opinion on and we welcome what the public thinks about this.”

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