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Jury rules lottery pool members entitled to share Mega Millions prize

Mega MillionsMega Millions: Jury rules lottery pool members entitled to share Mega Millions prize

Only six Ohio postal workers sued Stephen Kyle for a piece of a $175,000 winning lottery ticket.

But all 20 lottery-pool members -- including Kyle -- will share the jackpot evenly after a jury ruled Tuesday that Kyle was wrong to keep the money for himself, cutting his colleagues out of their fair shares.

If all 20 stake a claim, each will be eligible to receive $8,750, before taxes. Three of the pool members who testified on Kyle's behalf during the two-day trial in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court said they weren't interested in the money. But they may change their minds now that a jury has ordered Kyle to slice up the cash pie.

Kyle, 51, of Amherst, insisted all along that he bought the winning ticket last June with his own money, not the pool's. Even after lottery sales records and a store clerk contradicted Kyle's claims, he stuck with his story.

The eight jurors who heard the evidence said they did not believe Kyle.

The jurors, who gathered afterward in Judge Daniel Gaul's chambers, said Kyle acted suspiciously after picking five of six winning numbers in the Mega Million jackpot drawing: Kyle destroyed the pool tickets and failed to make copies, breaking from his standard practice; he waited five days before telling his colleagues he had won; and he changed his story to say he bought the pool tickets over two days instead of one.

"It led the jury to question whether he really had purchased $100 worth of tickets for the pool as he claimed he had done," said Gaul, as jurors nodded in agreement. Lottery sales records show Kyle bought only $50 worth of tickets for the pool members on the day he initially claimed to have bought $100 worth.

Kyle's attorney, R.J. Budway, said he has 30 days to decide whether to appeal.

He said he will work with the plaintiffs' lawyers to notify the pool members that they may stake a claim to a share of the $175,000.

Pool lawyer Robert Smith III said he tried to work out a pretrial settlement with Budway, but concerns over other potential lawsuits persuaded them to work out the dispute in court.

"This was one of those things that had be tried in a courtroom," Smith said. "Obviously, we're pleased with the way the jury considered the evidence and how this all turned out."

Editor: I wonder how much the lawyers won.

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Posted: January 20, 2005, 5:12 pm - IP Logged

The jury won't get a cut however.

    Maverick's avatar - yinyang
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    Posted: January 20, 2005, 6:19 pm - IP Logged

    Justice prevails!

      RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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      Posted: January 20, 2005, 8:33 pm - IP Logged

      Three of the pool members who testified on Kyle's behalf during the two-day trial in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court said they weren't interested in the money. But they may change their minds now that a jury has ordered Kyle to slice up the cash pie.

      He predicted that would happen if he had to split it with any of them and I guess he was right.

      RJOh

       * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
         
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        Maverick's avatar - yinyang
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        Posted: January 20, 2005, 10:52 pm - IP Logged

        lol interesting thought


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          Posted: January 21, 2005, 4:10 pm - IP Logged

          The supermarket where I work probably would have set up a pool if Mega Millions was not hit at              $130 million.

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            Posted: January 22, 2005, 2:23 pm - IP Logged

            Shame on you Mr. kyle I am so glad that justice prevailed, because it seemed to me . that money made you not only sell out your friends , but also stab them in the back for money, a real friend will never do anything of sort.  Money will not last forever , but a friend will remember that.  Never sell out your friends for money.

              Maverick's avatar - yinyang
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              Posted: January 22, 2005, 5:20 pm - IP Logged

              I wonder if they will all remain pool members. Personally I would try to vote Kyle out, or I'd find another pool.

                RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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                Posted: January 22, 2005, 6:37 pm - IP Logged

                Quote: Originally posted by Maverick on January 22, 2005



                I wonder if they will all remain pool members. Personally I would try to vote Kyle out, or I'd find another pool.





                Many pool players hope to share the luck of someone else.  Now that Kyle has proved to be lucky and maybe dishonest too, players may still want to be in his pool but keep an eye on him. On the other hand if Kyle actually bought the lucky ticket with less than the $100 the pool gave him, he may decide he's too greedy to share his luck with a pool any longer.

                RJOh

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                  Maverick's avatar - yinyang
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                  Posted: January 22, 2005, 8:09 pm - IP Logged

                  Thats true RJoh. Personally I wouldn't think or expect that Kyle would win that kinda $$$ again, so I'd boot him.

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                    Posted: January 24, 2005, 10:38 am - IP Logged

                    Here's an idea....



                    Put a clause in lottery pool contracts. Barring the designated purchaser from playing with his/her own money. Then this problem would never happen again.



                    A small sacrifice for playing with other peoples' money.