A LOTTERY winner who was sued by 10 pals has said the $1.5million lottery win is all his.
A syndicate of friends in Perth, Australia, claimed their pal’s lotto win should have been shared among the group.
The disagreement was first reported in December 2022.
According to a lawsuit filed by the 10 friends, Trent Bowden bought a lottery ticket with his group’s usual numbers on October 29, 2022, and won $2,200.
Bowden later reinvested the prize money to buy another ticket and played the same numbers on November 1, 2022, and won $2,802, the suit claims.
The million-dollar win came when Bowden used November’s prize money to buy a third ticket using the numbers 12, 6, 3, 18, 35, and 31 on November 12, 2022, the 10 in the syndicate claim.
Bowden’s third lottery attempt scored him the $1.5million sum.
He was then sued by 10 members of his syndicate and was accused of cutting them off.
The members lodged a writ in Western Australia’s Supreme Court, suing Bowden and Lotterywest.
The writ claimed there was a “mutual assumption that any prize money won on a ticket (Trent) purchased on behalf of the syndicate would be shared by the members in the shares,” according to The West Australian.
Lawyer Cally Hannah, representing the 10 syndicate members said she is “obviously seeking a resolution that is of satisfaction to my ten clients,” according to Yahoo News Australia.
Bowden’s lawyer Kathleen McNally said her client intends to defend the action.
This came 11 months after Trent survived stomach cancer, reports say.
Bowden shared this on a now-deleted Facebook post he wrote from his hospital bed.
He said: “Thanks to everyone for their well wishes.
“The surgery was successful… they got the whole tumor out of my stomach.
“Looking forward to getting back to it after the recovery.”
Bowden also owns a clay target shooting range in Western Australia.
The U.S. Sun has reached out to each side’s legal representation for an update but has received no comment.