An Interesting Twist or Razzle Dazzle?
In an unusual twist a Regina couple claimed their July 13, 2012 Lotto Max Canada prize of $21.7-million 9 months late. The winners are Scott and Linda Sinclair of Regina. However, the couple did not claim the prize until nine months after the draw on April 10, 2013.
The facts are a bit fuzzy. But according to the Western Canadian Lottery Corporation this is what happened:
- July 13, 2012 – date of Lotto Max Canada draw that resulted in the winning ticket
- August 7, 2012 – a claim was submitted to the Court of Queen’s Bench by a Regina housekeeper Doreen Annie Stewart claiming that a former client won $21.7M in the July 13, 2012 Lotto Max Canada draw and that this former client owed her 10% of the winnings. This is all according to verbal agreement between Stewart and her former employer. In an interesting twist, Stewart also claims that her former employer was someone other than Scott and Linda Sinclair.
- April 10, 2013 – nine months later Scott and Linda Sinclair step forward and claim the $21.7M Lotto Max Canada prize. They claim that they just kept putting off checking the ticket and that the entire experience has been very shocking.
Does this story sound a bit fishy? Yes. Could it be that Scott Sinclair made a razzle dazzle play? Maybe, two coincidences happening at the same bring the official story into question. Coincidences in lottery appear to be the norm, just ask Seguro Ndabene, a 5-time Canadian Lotto Winner.
Razzle Dazzle – a deceptive action typically consisting of a series of complex maneuvers, as a double reverse, hand-off or double bluff, usually executed in a flashy manner (source – dictionary.com).
What is clear is that Scott and Linda Sinclair received their $21.7M and the story of Doreen Stewart will most likely fade into oblivion. Unfortunately for Doreen Stewart statements of claim are very hard to hold up in court. If there was a razzle dazzle, Scott made the the play of the century.