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Dispute over $12.6 M lottery ticket will head to full trial, judge rules

A woman’s claim for half of a $12.6 million lottery jackpot will go to a full trial, a B.C. Supreme Court judge ruled last week.

The Lotto 6/49 ticket was purchased at a Surrey, B.C. market in November 2008 by Maria Fehr, allegedly using a $20 bill given to her by her husband.

But Fehr’s business partner at the time, Maria Ganguin, claims the ticket was purchased using funds from their catering business and should be shared between them.

The two women had an agreement that business funds could be used occasionally to purchase lottery tickets and they would split the winnings.

Fehr and her husband applied for a summary trial, which would resolve the matter quickly based primarily on sworn statements.

But Justice Trevor Armstrong ruled that Ganguin, despite a lack of evidence for her claim, should be allowed to test her business partner’s credibility at a full trial.