This ordeal began several weeks ago when Fatih Ozcan, a waiter at the Kapadokya Turkish restaurant in York, England, dreamt that he had shown a bundle of cash to his manager, Hayati Kucukkoylu. Mr Ozcan then decided to pester Mr Kucykkoylu to buy a EuroMillions lottery ticket in order to see if his prophecy would come true.
Finally, after constantly being harangued, Mr Kucykkoylu decided to visit his local supermarket and bought his ticket.
Against all of the odds, Mr Ozcan’s prediction proved to be true and astoundingly one of Mr Kucuykkoylu’s tickets ended up winning $1.7million.
However this is where the trouble began. Even though Kucuykkoylu paid for the ticket himself and even picked out the winning numbers too, Ozcan insisted that he was entitled to half of his winnings. Why? Because not only had he gone out and physically purchased the ticket from the store, but it was his dream that had persuaded Kucuykkoylu to actually enter the lottery.
Kucuykkoylu didn’t agree with this assessment though, and he told Ozcan that the winnings were only his and that his employee wasn’t entitled to any of the money.
Ozcan was so adamant that he deserved some of the money though that he even called lottery officials to tell them that the ticket had been stolen from him. Mr Kucukkoylu was then held in police custody for nine hours after being arrested, but he was released after Ozcan admitted he had lied about the theft.
After hearing the case though Judge Mark Gosnell sided with Ozcan as he proclaimed that Ozcan had been a strong believer in the power of his dreams. The judge remarked that Ozcan had interpreted the dream to mean that they would win the lottery.
Gosnell also stated that the fact Ozcan could be seen on CCTV pestering Kucukkoylu to buy the ticket, and that more surveillance footage showed them picking out the numbers together, which helped him reach his conclusion.
“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. The prize money should be shared equally between them” Gosnell noted.
“I cannot see why he would be so determined to make his employer play if he was not directly to benefit,” he continued. “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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