Winner Of $1.7 Million Lottery Jackpot Ordered To Split Winnings With “Psychic” Employee
A judge in England made a legal ruling that caught everyone by surprise! He ruled that the winner of a lottery jackpot would have to split the winnings with an employee of his who predicted the whole thing.
The employee, a man named Faith Ozcan, works at the Kapadokya Turkish restaurant in York where Hayati Kucukkoylu is the manager. One night he had a dream that he was holding a lot of cash and showing it to Kucukkoylu, extending it out to him.
Metro reports that the day following the dream, Ozcan kept bugging Kucukkoylu to purchase several EuroMillions lottery tickets despite the manager not wanting to. Kucukkoylu finally gave in after lots of pestering and they purchased the tickets from a supermarket near the restaurant.
To everyone’s amazement, Ozcan’s dream ended up being a psychic vision and actually came true! One of the tickets that he convinced his boss to purchase ended up being a jackpot winner worth $1.7 million dollars.
This is where it gets tricky though- Kucukkoylu is the one that purchased the ticket (with money from the register) and he chose the numbers that ended up winning. However, Ozcan felt that none of this would have happened if it weren’t for him and therefore felt that he should be entitled to half of the winnings, since it was his prophetic dream and all.
Kucukkoylu on the other hand, did not agree. He argued that he should be the sole owner of the jackpot.
Since they could not agree on the matter, they ended up taking it to court. This is where Judge Mark Gosnell made a ruling on behalf of Ozcan, stating that since Ozcan was “a strong believer in the power of dreams, he interpreted his own dream to mean that he and Mr. Kucukkoylu would win the lottery,” he told UPI.com.
The judge was also shown restaurant surveillance video of Ozcan badgering his boss for over three hours about playing the lottery and showed the both of them picking out some numbers together; this seemed to influence the judge’s decision.
“I find that the effect of these conversations was that Mr. Kucukkoylu and Mr. Ozcan entered into a contract to jointly play the lottery on an equal basis,” said Judge Gosnell.
Now that they have to split it, it has been determined that they will each get about $857,000- not bad at all!