Lawsuit over lotto winnings

A group of Surrey co-workers claims a former colleague stole their lottery winnings.

Lighting factory employees Ding Jiu Du, Haret Dagane, Elwood Prado and Tounkham Homsombath have filed a lawsuit claiming Hung Sengsouvanh owes them each a share of the $1-million lotto prize, CTV News reports.

The suit alleges the winning ticket was purchased with leftover money from a Christmas potluck. The ticket won one of the Maxmillions prizes in the Dec. 14 Lotto Max draw.

The workers say they didn't hear from Sengsouvanh, who didn't show up for work the following Monday, and that they learned about the win on social media. 

Sengsouvanh told B.C. Lotteries when he claimed the prize that he planned to quit his job and travel. 

“I buy tickets every Friday at the Port Kells Petro Canada gas station in Surrey before I go to work, every draw,” he stated in a BCLC news release. “Now I’m going to stop working, pay everything off and just enjoy life.”

The lawsuit claims the workers had a verbal agreement to share any lottery winnings.

– with files from CTV Vancouver


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