An undocumented Algerian is fighting for €250,000 from the Belgian National Lottery

A 28-year-old Algerian man in an illegal situation has been fighting with the Belgian National Lottery for several days to recover the €250,000 he won on a scratch card game. ” My customer […] has no papers and no bank account”stated on Friday, April 15, his lawyer, Alexander Verstraete, “We are looking for these documents that prove his identity, he needs to contact his family in Algeria.”.

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The winning ticket is currently in the hands of the judiciary in Bruges (North). Three friends of the player had tried unsuccessfully to get the money back for him, leading to them being suspected of theft and spending a night in police custody last week, Ms.and Verstraete. The Bruges public prosecutor’s office has launched an investigation to determine the lucky winner. He was able to exonerate his friends by presenting himself to the police with his lawyer, but he now has to prove his good faith.

The winning ticket was bought a few weeks ago in Zeebrugge, a Belgian port city that is a popular destination for migrants attempting to cross to England illegally, hiding in lorries or containers.

“In the hands of the prosecutor”

According to Mand Verstraete, his client, who does not want to apply for asylum to remain in Belgium (he does not come from a country at war), has received a promise from the Belgian authorities that he will not be deported to the border before receiving his award.

This win represents the “jackpot” of a scratch card from the “Cash” series that sells for 5 euros and offers “one in 3.69 chance” to win his bet back, according to the National Lottery website. The retailer who sold the ticket is prohibited from handing out such a cash prize. For everything “stack” above 100,000 euros, the point of sale of the ticket systematically sends the winner back to the company’s headquarters in Brussels, explained Joke Vermoere, spokesman for the National Lottery.

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This is where the winner’s three friends went, one of whom claimed to be able to collect the money from his bank account. “The winner did not come to us, we did not see him, which is currently blocking the award procedure”argued Joke Vermoere, without specifying the terms or the nature of the documents required: “It is in the hands of the Bruges public prosecutor. »

The world with AFP

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