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Judge rules man has no right to ex-girlfriend's lottery winnings

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A Seminole County, Florida, man who sued his ex-girlfriend for half of her $1 million Florida Lottery winnings went away empty-handed Tuesday, her attorney said.

After 1½ days of testimony, Circuit Judge Alan Dickey ruled in favor of defendant Lynn Anne Poirier in what's known as a directed verdict — meaning the plaintiff's case was deemed legally insufficient.

Howard Browning, who is unemployed, and Poirier, a Seminole County special-education teacher for more than three decades, had lived together for 16 years, he said. They agreed that if either ever won a lottery, they would share the winnings, he contended. In 2007, he gave her $20 for a ticket, and she won, he argued in court.

Poirier disputes that account, said her attorney, Mark Sessums of Lakeland. Poirier bought the ticket herself, never agreed to share any winnings, had been trying to get Browning to leave her Geneva farmhouse for some time and eventually evicted him, Sessums said. She later sold the house.

Orlando Sentinel

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Posted: February 8, 2012, 11:18 am - IP Logged

BOO-HOO!  for poor Howard Browning.     Crying

Here's a news flash..........get a job, and start buying your own lotto tickets.   No No    Poke

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    Posted: February 8, 2012, 11:36 am - IP Logged

    I wonder?  If he bought the winning ticket and she sued him, would the judge rule the same way?

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      Posted: February 8, 2012, 12:05 pm - IP Logged

      I wonder?  If he bought the winning ticket and she sued him, would the judge rule the same way?

      I must concur. Simply put IF he were a stay at home Dad raising her children/their kids, the courts would still side with the lady. Reason being...us women are to appear helpless and need all the govt help possible to reach the status of men. By the way..I do NOT adhere to that statement...its an observation I have seen with living 50 years on this earth and watching as Justice is swiftly blinded by gender. She graciously "evicted" him after she most likely had the monies in hand...What a back handed thing to do.

      I'm sure there is MORE To both sides of this story...but the judge ruled...and someone is left the fool.

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        Posted: February 8, 2012, 12:21 pm - IP Logged

        I wonder?  If he bought the winning ticket and she sued him, would the judge rule the same way?

        Probably not.  That is why I don't condone folks "living together" for long periods of time.  Someone always gets the short end of the stick.  If he had married her, she would have had to split..regardless.

        If you know your number is going to hit, have patience and then KILL IT!

        You never know when you will get another hit.

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          Posted: February 8, 2012, 12:44 pm - IP Logged

          Scared OMG! I'm so sick and tired of hearing about all these people who want to sue others for lottery winnings that DO NOT BELONG TO THEMScared

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            Posted: February 8, 2012, 12:51 pm - IP Logged

            Sign your tickets, I don't care if you buy them with your brother, your mother or the local church pastor. I sign all my tickets, even the ones I give as gifts. 

            I may give a ticket as a gift, but I am <snip> sure not stupid enough to let you walk away with millions and I get nothing in the event the ticket turns out to be a winner. 

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              Posted: February 8, 2012, 1:15 pm - IP Logged

              Theres something to be said for that little piece of paper...the marriage license.

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                Posted: February 8, 2012, 2:11 pm - IP Logged

                Theres something to be said for that little piece of paper...the marriage license.

                I argee with that!!!!! Shacking Up never pays off-----

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                  Posted: February 8, 2012, 2:30 pm - IP Logged

                  Sign your tickets, I don't care if you buy them with your brother, your mother or the local church pastor. I sign all my tickets, even the ones I give as gifts. 

                  I may give a ticket as a gift, but I am <snip> sure not stupid enough to let you walk away with millions and I get nothing in the event the ticket turns out to be a winner. 

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                  Smart idea...never thought to sign the ticket even if it was a gift because they can't claim it without you!

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                    Posted: February 8, 2012, 2:40 pm - IP Logged

                    Sign your tickets, I don't care if you buy them with your brother, your mother or the local church pastor. I sign all my tickets, even the ones I give as gifts. 

                    I may give a ticket as a gift, but I am <snip> sure not stupid enough to let you walk away with millions and I get nothing in the event the ticket turns out to be a winner. 

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                    Ahh Jeeeze.

                    I'd tell ya to keep it.

                    Unfrigginbelievable.


                                                                 
                                         
                                                             

                     

                     

                     

                     

                                                                                                                       

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                      Posted: February 8, 2012, 2:55 pm - IP Logged

                      Sign your tickets, I don't care if you buy them with your brother, your mother or the local church pastor. I sign all my tickets, even the ones I give as gifts. 

                      I may give a ticket as a gift, but I am <snip> sure not stupid enough to let you walk away with millions and I get nothing in the event the ticket turns out to be a winner. 

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                      OMG, a gift is a gift is a gift.  If you don't want to give a lottery ticket as a gift, completely and totally, then just don't do it!

                      In the case in the original article, it is hard to really know from the facts given whether the two ever agreed to share or not.  The burden of proof was on him, and he couldn't prove it.  If two or more people want to make such an agreement, shacking up or not, the solution is simple - just get it in writing and have it notarized!

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                        Posted: February 8, 2012, 3:13 pm - IP Logged

                        What a loser.  Here's a tip, dude: grow up, get a job and pay your own way... just like the rest of us.

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                          Posted: February 8, 2012, 3:16 pm - IP Logged

                          It is a bad idea to begin or continue living with someone, or maintaining a relationship, when one does not enjoy the other person's company; because it sends unhelpful messages and feelings towards them.  It is unhelpful to both people and others around them.

                          What?

                          Having millions of dollars in my financial accounts means more, consistent fun for me.Lovies

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                            Posted: February 8, 2012, 3:35 pm - IP Logged

                            There's a few wimmins out there livin' in houses I bought that if I'da had my druthers I'da lived with 'em instead of marryin' 'em.

                            Cuz like ol' Merle Haggard said:

                             

                            My hat don't hang on the same nail too long

                            My ears can't stand to hear the same ol' song

                            And I don't leave the highway long enough

                            To bog down in the mud

                            Cuz I got Ramblin' Fever in my blood

                             

                            I caught this Ramblin' Fever long ago

                            When I first heard a lonesome whistle blow

                            And if someone said I ever gave a dam

                            They dam sure told you wrong

                            Cuz I've had Ramblin' Fever all along

                             

                            Sometimes I like to bed down on a sofa

                            And let some pretty lady rub my back

                            Spend the early mornin' drinkin' coffee

                            Talkin' about when I'll be coming back

                             

                            But I don't let no woman tie me down

                            And I'll never get too old to get around

                            I wanna die along the hi-way and rot away

                            Like some old hi-line pole

                            And rest this Ramblin' Fever in my soul


                                                                         
                                                 
                                                                     

                             

                             

                             

                             

                                                                                                                               

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