Messouad Boudissa, 79, and Cheikh Guendouzi, 73, from the village of Villeneuve-sur-Lot, said they ended their friendship following a dispute about the winnings from a $26 lottery ticket. Guendouzi said he loaned Boudissa the money to buy the ticket in July 2011, with the understanding that they would share any winnings, The Local.fr reported Monday.
Boudissa said there was no such agreement and he felt "betrayed" when Guendouzi took him to court.
"I won, just me. I bought the ticket and I won. No one else was playing with me," Boudissa said.
Half of the winnings have been seized from Boudissa's account pending the outcome of an appeal.