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Settlement reached in lotto jackpot suit

A settlement has been reached in the case of an Ontario man who argued he was entitled to his share of a $50-million jackpot won by an employee lottery pool due to “good faith,” says Toronto lawyer Michael Cochrane.

Christopher Bates, represented by Cochrane, claimed he co-founded the lottery pool among his Bombardier co-workers a year before they won the prize money, the Toronto Star reports. Bates said he was a regular player, but was on vacation in January 2011 and missed putting in his $5 one week. He claimed he was then shut out of the draw that led to the big win, the article says.

The settlement was reached on the fourth day of what was meant to be a 10-day civil trial before Judge Carole Brown. The terms of the settlement are confidential, says Cochrane, partner with Brauti Thorning Zibarras LLP.

“The (Ontario courts) have found there can be an implied contract among members of lottery groups. They have also found that a trust can arise and be constituted among members of lottery groups,” the Star quotes Cochrane as saying in his opening statement. “The courts have found members of lottery groups have a duty to treat each other fairly and have a duty to treat each other in good faith.”

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