Pizza delivery driver sues 16 friends after they won $1M lottery prize and didn’t give him anything

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Pizza delivery man sues 16 of his friends after winning $1 million in lottery syndicate and failing to give him money: Says he owes $70,000 – despite not paying for winning ticket

  • Philip Tsotsos, from Ontario, Canada, says his friends ‘stole his dreams’
  • He was in a lottery pool and owed them money at the time of the draw
  • He learned of the win on social media after being in the pool for six years

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A pizza delivery boy sues his friends who won a $1 million raffle prize, believing he deserves a share of their winnings.

Philip Tsotsos, of Ontario, Canada, is claiming $70,000 and other costs after accusing the group of “stealing his dreams.”

The group of 16 won the Maxmillion prize on a Lotto Max ticket from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation last summer.

Philip Tsotsos (pictured) sues his friends who won a $1 million lottery prize, believing he deserves a share of their winnings

Philip Tsotsos (pictured) sues his friends who won a $1 million lottery prize, believing he deserves a share of their winnings

Tsotsos believes he should be the 17th winner, despite the friends saying he didn’t pay to enter.

He told CBC News: ‘Why wouldn’t they tell me they won? These guys are like family to me.

“Their dreams have come true. Why would they steal mine?’

Tsotsos has named each of the 16 friends in the lawsuit and wants to be named as the 17th winner.

Attorney David Robins, who represents the group of 16, said: “Mr Tsotsos has not been paid to play, so we deny that he is entitled to the help he seeks, and we will vigorously defend the claim. In this case, he didn’t play and wasn’t recorded.’

Tsotsos claims that he did not always immediately pay for the tickets that had worked on a credit system during the six years he was part of the pool.

He says he owed money before, with his bill going up to $100, but he always paid it back.

At the time of the big win, he had a $30 bill and was told by the group organizer to repay the debt plus another $10 to stay in the group.

One of the 16 winning members poses with the $1 million check after winning the huge prize

One of the 16 winning members poses with the $1 million check after winning the huge prize

One of the 16 winning members poses with the $1 million check after winning the huge prize

He says he replied that he wanted to pay the $40 before Friday, then joked, “Just take it off our winnings if we win.”

The organizer then joked that he would charge a high interest rate.

In another conversation with another member of the group, Tsotsos was told to pay $10 to stay and he replied that he wanted to continue.

He says he only learned of the victory via social media.

The pizza delivery boy said he had just quit his job at an auto parts company but wanted to stay in the lottery pool with his colleagues.

It was discontinued in 2020 due to the pandemic, but resumed in March 2021.

In his court file, he states that the pool operated under an opt-out system and that he could not be disqualified without being notified.

The day he heard of the win announced in October, he had just bought the group pizzas.

He said: ‘I got online and I was just going through social media and what comes out. The same man who eats my pizza has a million dollar check in his hand, and that’s how I found out.”

Divided into 16, each member got $62,500 in his pocket, and if included, they would have received $58,000 each.

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