Mega Millions winner forced to split jackpot with co-workers
For one New Jersey lottery winner looking to keep a Mega Millions jackpot all to himself, luck ran out today.
Americo Lopes, who took home a $24 million jackpot three years ago, must surrender $20 million of that bounty to five former coworkers after a civil jury found he cheated the men out of their rightful share of the winnings.
On Nov. 10, 2009, two winning Mega Millions tickets were claimed from a $77 million jackpot, one of which Lopes had, leaving him with $38.5 million. He chose a ...
Mar 15, 2012, 8:43 am - Lottery News forum
NJ man sued over $38.5M lottery ticket
A trail is underway in the case of a New Jersey construction worker who is being sued by his former co-workers after cashing in a $38.5 million lottery ticket.
Americo Lopes and five co-workers participated in a weekly lottery pool starting in 2007 where they worked at Berto Construction, according to the New Jersey Star-Ledger.
Each participant contributed $2 to the pool and Lopes would buy the tickets. Lopes also played the lottery independently from the pool.
On November 10, 2009, tw ...
Mar 14, 2012, 9:12 am - Lottery News forum
Woman wants part of estranged husband's lotto jackpot
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The winner of a $34.5 million Hoosier Lotto jackpot wants to remain anonymous, but a woman who claims to be his estranged wife is demanding a piece of the prize.
The lottery winner, whose name was not released, came forward Friday morning and took a lump sum of $15.9 million, lottery officials said.
The winning ticket was sold in Shelbyville at the Smokers Host store at 903 S. Harrison St.
Ericka Prather, of Shelbyville, said she and lotto winner James Prather g ...
Feb 28, 2012, 10:26 am - Lottery News forum
Connecticut lottery winners settle $1 million battle
Money doesn't always buy happiness especially when it involves two friends fighting over a winning Powerball ticket.
Last week, Armando Martins, a drywall installer from Trumbull and Nino Nascimento, a local mason, agreed to settle their three-year legal battle in state Superior Court over a $1 million winning ticket.
Under the terms of the settlement, reached before Judge Barbara Bellis, Martins will get $630,000 while Nascimento gets $370,000.
Both Martins and Nascimento declined comm ...
Jan 30, 2012, 7:41 am - Lottery News forum
Three women vying for ownership of $1 million lottery ticket
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A winning $1 million lottery ticket picked out of a gas station trash can has become the subject of a three-way legal battle in Arkansas.
Sharon Jones was at a Super One Stop in July 2011 in Bebee, Ark., when she went to a trash bin to pick up a handful of discarded lottery tickets, as she had done many times before, according to her attorneys.
A program through the lottery commission website allows people to register non-winning tickets for points that they can us ...
Jan 26, 2012, 9:20 pm - Lottery News forum
Man dropped from lottery syndicate wins share in court
A Melbourne, Austrailia, accountant has won his share of an $867,000 Tattslotto first division prize, three years after he was dropped from a 10-member Big Kahuna house syndicate.
A thrilled Danny Watson and his legal team beamed outside court after a magistrate found a newsagent and his company guilty of false and misleading conduct over the handling of the syndicate.
The magistrate said Mr Watson, a regular participant in the Fitzroy agency's system 17 entry, was entitled to damages of $ ...
Nov 13, 2011, 11:47 am - Lottery News forum
Irish NY lottery winner's estranged husband wants half
Patricia Daly, an Ireland native from Tullamore, Co. Offaly, struck gold with a Quick Pick in the New York State Lottery in January but now faces a battle to hold onto her winnings, with her estranged husband launching a legal bid for what he claims is his rightful share.
(See Long Island waitress wins $21.5M Lotto jackpot, Lottery Post, Jan. 28, 2011.)
Daly, 40, is a single mother of three who emigrated to New York in 1995. She was one of eight players who won a combined $32.5 million, cl ...
Sep 7, 2011, 4:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Ohio man sues for share of $99M lottery jackpot
An employee of a Geauga County cabinetry company has sued 22 of his co-workers for denying him a share of a $99 million lottery jackpot.
And, last week, a judge ordered the Ohio Lottery Commission to set aside about $2 million until Edward Hairston's claim is resolved in a trial.
Hairston contends that every month for eight years he pitched $5 into a lottery pool with co-workers at the KraftMaid company in Middlefield. While recuperating from a back injury, however, he failed to make contr ...
Sep 4, 2011, 5:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Illegal alien faces deportation after threatening his boss over lottery prize
Claims he let boss claim lottery jackpot to avoid being discovered; then gets discovered when he threatened boss
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A Georgia man who was jailed for threatening his boss over a disputed $750,000 lottery ticket faces deportation, with authorities saying he is in the U.S. illegally.
Police say Jose Antonio Cua-Toc threatened his boss, Erick Cervantes, and his wife, calling them repeatedly and saying he would kill each of them and their children if they did not give him ...
Aug 24, 2011, 3:29 pm - Lottery News forum
Casino says no way to $62 million slot machine payout
It seemed too good to be true a slot-machine jackpot of almost 43 million euros. And maybe it was.
Austrian state broadcaster ORF reports that Behar Merlaku is going to court over the refusal of the Bregenz casino to give him what he considers his win on March 26.
Casino officials do not dispute that the gaming machine showed a payout of nearly 43 million euros almost US$62 million. But they say that a malfunctioning computer chip was responsible for what they say was the faulty display.
Aug 16, 2011, 9:49 pm - Lottery News forum