A judge in England made a legal ruling that caught everyone by surprise! He ruled that a lottery jackpot winner had to split the winnings with his ‘psychic’ employee, who predicted the whole thing.
Faith Ozcan works at the Kapadokya Turkish restaurant in York, where Hayati Kucukkoylu is the manager. One night, he dreamed he was holding a lot of cash and extending it out to Kucukkoylu.
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 bought the tickets from a supermarket near the restaurant.
To everyone’s amazement, Ozcan’s dream was a psychic vision that came true! One of the tickets he convinced his boss to purchase ended up being a jackpot winner worth $1.7 million.
However, This Is Where It Gets Tricky
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 thought he should be entitled to half of the winnings since it was his prophetic dream. Kucukkoylu disagreed. He argued that he should be the sole owner of the jackpot.
Since they couldn’t agree on the matter, they ended up taking it to court. 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 dream to mean that he and Mr. Kucukkoylu would win the lottery.”
The judge watched restaurant surveillance videos of Ozcan badgering his boss for over three hours about playing the lottery. It showed both of them picking out the 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 play the lottery on an equal basis jointly,” said Judge Gosnell.
Now that they have to split it, they will each get about $857,000- not bad at all!
For more about psychics and winning the lottery, read If Psychics Can See The Future Why Can’t They Win The Lottery?