B.C. Court of Appeal Dismisses $50M Lotto Win Appeal

Publish: 04.04.2017

A Maple Ridge resident George Wilson-Tagoe who filed a lawsuit claiming that $50 million jackpot from 2014 belongs to him, has had his appeal dismissed by the British Columbia Court of Appeal.

Appeal Dismissed

March 2014 Lotto Max draw yielded an incredible $50 million jackpot, which was claimed by a British Columbia man, who claimed that the winning ticket was purchased on a gas station before it got lost, possibly thrown in the trash with old tickets.

Having been denied his win by the B.C. Lottery Corporation, which awarded the jackpot to a group of individuals almost two years after the draw in December 2015, George Wilson-Tagoe filed an appeal to pursue a lawsuit claiming he had right to a $50 million prize.

The Maple Ridge resident argued the case should have been decided at trial and not through a summary judgement, but the B.C. Court of Appeal dismissed his claims through the three-judge panel.

The judges decided there was no reason for the court to intervene in the case as there was no evidence it was Wilson-Tagoe who actually bought the winning ticket.

Upon handing the prize to rightful winners in 2015, British Columbia Lottery Corporation revealed that 739 different claims have been reviewed for the $50 million jackpot. Every claim was thoroughly analyzed after Wilson-Tagoe’s claims were dismissed.

Rightful Winners

The intriguing case of the $50 million Lotto Max prize which lasted for nearly two years was thought to be concluded in December 2015, when it was revealed that the winning ticket – subsequently claimed by Wilson-Tagoe through an appeal – was signed over to trust fund by the Mayhofler family.

Husband and wife Friedrich and Annand Mayrhofer, and their son Eric, from Langley B.C. attempted to keep their identities private by signing the winning ticket to a trust fund before it was presented to the B.C. Lottery Commission in March 2015, a full year after the winning numbers had been drawn and only days before the deadline to claim the prize had expired.

Unique circumstances led to a lengthy prize claim review since B.C. Lottery Corporation does not allow prizes to be claimed anonymously for the sake of transparency.