It’s an argument which his friends disagree with, as they claim he didn’t pay to enter.
Tsotsos told CBC News: “Why wouldn't they tell me they won? These guys are like family to me.
“Their dreams came true. Why should they steal mine?”
Tsotsos has named each of the 16 friends in the lawsuit and wants to be named as the 17th winner.
The total prize was $62,500 each when shared out among 16, but it would be $58,000 if Tsotsos was included.
The defence lawyer who is representing the group of 16 friends, David Robins, said: “Mr Tsotsos did not pay to play, so we deny that he is entitled to any of the relief that he is seeking, and we'll be vigorously defending the claim. In this instance, he did not play and he was not included.”
Should the man be awarded a cut of the prize?Creative Commons
Tsotsos said that he had been part of the group for six years and had paid into it on a credit-based system, owing up to $100 at a time.
When the group won, he owed $30 and was told he had to repay the money plus an additional $10 if he wanted to stay part of the group.
Discussing the moment he discovered he group had won, he said that he’d bought a pizza for everyone.
He said: 'I got online and I was just going through social media and what comes up. The same guy that's eating my pizza is holding a million-dollar cheque, and that's how I found out.'
Have your say in our news democracy. Click the upvote icon at the top of the page to help raise this article through the indy100 rankings.