A man from Quebec in which a jackpot of $ 13.5 million has escaped a few seconds trying to bring a class action against Loto-Québec and ticket updates flash.
Joel Ifergan filed a motion in Superior Court on Wednesday to request permission to pursue a class action against the corporation.
In court documents, Mr. Ifergan indicates that when someone buys a ticket at Quick Pick – with randomly selected numbers – those numbers are subsequently removed from the basic combinations of data available to other customers.
The petition cited the testimony of an officer of Loto-Québec during another lawsuit by Mr. Ifergan. Denis Daly explained that all combinations of randomly generated numbers are returned to the system only after three to four runs, when the database is “remixed”.
Removed winning combinations
Now, according to Mr. Ifergan, this means that millions of winning combinations are removed at the same time for those who leave their machines to choose numbers at random and choosing tickets flash updates.
He hopes to lead a class action on behalf of all customers who bought those tickets sold by Lotto Max, and his predecessor, Super 7, since 2005 – with the possibility of extending it to other lotteries.
Mr. Ifergan believes that such a system is not in place elsewhere in Canada and Québec customers that night that no longer have access to combinations of numbers that have already been pigées.
“The way it works as a disadvantage Quebec we not only consumers against consumers in the rest of Canada, but also against other Quebec consumers who choose their own numbers,” Mr. Ifergan said in an interview with The Canadian Press.
His lawyer David Bourgoin compares the situation to “play cards, but with an incomplete game.”
Me Bourgoin argued that the request was based on the consumer protection laws and the fact that these ‘missing numbers “constituted” material information “that was not disclosed to buyers.
“Before purchasing a ticket, (Loto-Québec) should inform people that there are chances that they will have no chance to win,” he said.
The allegations in the complaint have not passed the test of the courts.
In an email, spokesman for Loto-Québec Patrice Lavoie wrote that the corporation was “confident” for the rest of the things in the light of previous judgments that have been decided in his favor.
Not her first dispute
Joel Ifergan will not be his first criminal case against Loto-Québec. In 2008, he bought a ticket that turned out to be the winner of the jackpot – it did not have claimed since it had been printed seven seconds after 21 hours, the maximum time for the draw of the week. His winning ticket had therefore been dated for the following week.
He took his case to court, arguing that it is a delay in the computer system Loto-Québec that caused the confusion. He lost his case in Superior Court in 2012 and the Court of Appeal two years later. In January, the Supreme Court of Canada refused to take up the case.