Chatham’s missing $6-million lottery man has hired a lawyer.
Maurice Thibeault retained a Windsor lawyer who specializes in family law and litigation, Richard Dinham, a partner at Mousseau DeLuca McPherson Prince.
That’s according to another Windsor lawyer, Steve Pickard, who was hired by Thibeault’s former live-in girl, Denise Robertson. She claims the couple agreed to share the winnings of frequently bought lottery tickets long before he bought a Lotto 6/49 ticket that won half a Sept. 20 jackpot of $12 million.
“I received a call (about 4:55 PM) Friday from (Dinham),” Pickard told Postmedia Tuesday.
Dinham said he had been retained by Thibeault, Pickard said, but expressed no opinions about the legal case that Robertson initiated by seeking a court injection to prevent Thibeault from collecting the winnings from Ontario’s lottery regulator, the OLG.
Dinham didn’t immediately respond to a Postmedia request for comment.
In an affidavit, the contents of which have not been tested in court, Robertson says she and Thibeault had lived together for more than two years and often bought lottery tickets as a couple. When she heard a $6-million winning ticket had been sold in Chatham, he told her theirs didn’t win, she claims.
She claims days later, the pair left home as usual in the morning but she returned home to find he’d moved out all his belongings. Robertson later learned Thibeault had told his boss they’d broken up and he was quitting his job, she claims in the affidavit.
Pickard said the firm came to an agreement with the OLG that none of the money would be distributed without 30 days notice.
Former colleagues describe Thibeault as easygoing and were baffled by his apparent decision to go underground after hitting the jackpot . The one-time tire technician quit his job at a local granite company.
Postmedia has been unable to reach Thibeault for comment. In a statement last week, Robertson expressed heartache over his decision to leave without informing her of the windfall.
“Together, we dreamed about winning the lotto,” she said.