A lot of couples have a weekly tradition of purchasing a lottery ticket and planning out what they would do with their millions. Obviously, most of us will never actually win, but it's fun to dream. For Denise Robertson and her partner, Maurice Thibeault, winning the lottery has turned into an enormous legal battle and the end of their relationship.
Robertson has filed a lawsuit against her former common-law partner after claiming that he left their home and tried to claim the lottery winnings from the ticket they purchased together without her.
"Together we dreamed about winning the lotto," she stated in the affidavit last October. "We both love muscle cars, we would each buy one and buy a large property in the country and build a large shop to work on our cars."
The confusion started when they heard that one of the winning tickets for the lottery was sold in Chatham, the town where they live. Robertson asked her husband if he had purchased a ticket, and they talked about the potential. She said that he "made it clear" that the ticket was not a winner, and so nothing about it was said.
However, just days later Thibeault was gone. Robertson found out that he had quit his job, packed up all of his clothes and taken his passport with him. But why did he leave? Robertson discovered that he had bolted as soon as he realized he had won the lottery. But she wasn't about to give up on her dream...