Lotto Winner Sues Sister for House
01 Aug 2006
A former British butcher who won a Lottery jackpot claimed in court in Brisbane that his sister cheated him out of a mansion at the Australian beach resort where they both live.
Clyde Reginald Baxter, 35, of Gold Coast city but originally from Leicester, is suing Virginia Baxter in the Queensland state Supreme Court for the house bought in her name for £530,000 in 2000 – a year after he won £6.75m on Britain's National Lottery.
He says he bought the house with the intention of renovating and selling it, but that his 37-year-old sister claims he gave it to her.
He broke down in tears while testifying how he told his father he was going to make him a millionaire and wrote a £1m cheque. He said he and his sister used to be close and he foll-owed her advice by giving her £500,000 and one of his three brothers £75,000.
A month after his win his sister began regularly telling him that she should have been given £1m, he said.
She said the house would have to be bought in her name because she had an Australian permanent residency visa.
The hearing continues.