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Waiter s Lotto dream becomes a nightmare
Waiter's Lotto dream becomes a nightmare

Joyous celebrations after a near $2m British lottery win turned sour and ended up in court over who should get the winnings.

Metro news reports the whole affair started when a waiter in a Turkish restaurant dreamed about winning the lottery and standing in front of the restaurant manager, Hayati Kucukkoylu, with the cash.

Fatih Ozcan bought a ticket the next day after persuading his boss to enter the Euromillions lottery.

There were plenty of celebrations when the numbers came up - but then came the hitch.

Mr Kucukkoylu decided he should pocket the lot because the ticket was bought with money from the restaurant till and he picked the winning numbers.

For his part, Mr Ozcan said the money was his because he made the purchase after dreaming of the win and persuading his boss to play

And so to court.

Metro reported judge Mark Gosnell said: "I cannot see why he would be so determined to make his employer play if he was not directly to benefit.

"It is much more likely that he would badger his employer for hours if his dream was that they had played together and he needed his employer to play for the dream to come true."

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