Sister's $8M Lotto 6/49 lawsuit fails

Megan Gillis, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:31 PM ET

OTTAWA — Sam Haddad erupted into a happy dance and his supporters into noisy cheers outside the courthouse after a judge ruled Tuesday that his sister won't get a penny of his $16-million lotto winnings.

Judge Robert Beaudoin concluded Leila Nahas' story of splitting the winning ticket then forgetting about it for months defied common sense.

But Haddad vowed to go after his sister for the cash he spent defending himself from her $8-million claim.

Beaudoin suggested the divisive court battle may have been motivated by bitterness.

While Nahas said she didn't need the money, she got just $25,000 from her newly minted millionaire brother while her other brothers had their mortgages paid off, Beaudoin said.

"Her unhappiness with her unequal treatment is another possible answer as to why she pressed this claim," he said. "The action has divided a once-proud family. This trial is over but angry feelings will haunt this family for the foreseeable future."

Nahas left the courthouse without talking to reporters.

She had claimed she paid $1 towards the winning 6/49 ticket that her brother shared with his barber, Mike Dettorre, for the $32-million jackpot.


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