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Breakfast buddies file suit over lottery ticket

Mega MillionsMega Millions: Breakfast buddies file suit over lottery ticket

A Howland, Ohio couple who won $250,000 playing Mega Millions discovered the hard way that money can come between friends.

Michael Salcone and his wife, Theresa, of Gretchen Drive have been sued by 10 of Michael Salcone's former breakfast friends at the Elm Road McDonald's after a dispute arose over whose money bought a winning lottery ticket.

"I'm just astounded," Theresa Salcone said Wednesday when she learned of the suit, filed in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

According to the filing, the 11 men had been meeting for breakfast almost daily for the past three years. In August, they agreed to put $5 each into a pool to play the Mega Million lottery game on Fridays.

Michael Salcone agreed to collect the money and buy the tickets, the suit says. On Oct. 7, one of the tickets Salcone bought contained five of six winning numbers, yielding a prize of $250,000, but he didn't tell the group about it, the suit says.

Rumor has it

Around the first week of November, some of the members heard a rumor that Salcone had hit the lottery and asked him whether it was true, the suit says. Salcone said no and acted surprised by the rumor, it adds.

When some of the group members saw a sign a few days later indicating that the Giant Eagle on Elm Road had sold a $250,000 winning ticket, they asked and were told the winner was Salcone, the suit says. Salcone then indicated the winner was his wife — but she played the game on a Tuesday, not a Friday, it says.

Theresa Salcone said the complaint is baseless because her husband always showed the tickets to the other men every Saturday morning, and the men knew just how many tickets they bought, she said.

"He would take them and they checked them all together," she said. "Sometimes he would just say 'You check them.'"

The 10 men listed as plaintiffs are Ronald L. LeMaster, Raymond C. McLean, Kenneth B. Ulrich, Robert Holmes Jr., Steve E. Mrofchak, Joseph Celedonia, Donald C. Hoyle, Philip M. Sidoti and Joseph M. Sidoti, all of Warren; and Robert Cebula of Burghill.

Commission findings

The Ohio Lottery Commission confirmed that the ticket was part of a block of tickets — and it had not been bought separately as Salcone had told the group, the suit says.

The Ohio Lottery Commission, contacted by telephone Wednesday afternoon, said the winning ticket had not yet been claimed. The commission said it must be claimed within 180 days after the drawing, or it will be forfeited.

The suit asks for a preliminary injunction restraining the Salcones from transferring, concealing or destroying any of their property and stopping five banks and a credit union from releasing any funds to the Salcones.

It asks for a judgment of $350,000 in compensatory damages and $100,000 in punitive damages and a finding that the Salcones not get any share of the winnings. The case is assigned to Judge Andrew Logan.

The suit says Salcone no longer joins the others for breakfast, and showed up for the last time in early December.

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JAP69's avatar - alas
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Posted: December 29, 2005, 10:17 am - IP Logged

Join a lottery pool.

I do not think so. I'll pull my own turnips.

Oo'Ka

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    Posted: December 29, 2005, 10:24 am - IP Logged

    Join a lottery pool.

    I do not think so. I'll pull my own turnips.

    I Agree!

    Lottery pools do not increase your chances of winning big games like Powerball or Mega Millions all that much, and commonly introduce problems if you win.

     

    Check the State Lottery Report Card
    What grade did your lottery earn?

     

    Sign the Petition for True Lottery Drawings
    Help eliminate computerized drawings!

      RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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      Posted: December 29, 2005, 10:25 am - IP Logged

      "It(the suit) asks for a judgment of $350,000 in compensatory damages and $100,000 in punitive damages and a finding that the Salcones not get any share of the winnings. The case is assigned to Judge Andrew Logan."

      That's a new twist, take a $250,000 ticket and get suited for $450,000. It's like real estate, buy a $250,000 house and 2 months later, it worth $450,000.

       

       * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
         
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        Posted: December 29, 2005, 10:45 am - IP Logged

        Stay out of the pool !! 

        It's too cold this time of year anyway !! 

        Scared

         

         

                                       

                      

         

         

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          Posted: December 29, 2005, 11:10 am - IP Logged

          Stay out of pools. Your best friends will shoot you in the head!!!!!!!!

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            Posted: December 29, 2005, 11:18 am - IP Logged

            This is crazy....this is beginning to happen daily. I imagine if one of my friends wins a $300 million jackpot, I am going to sue them for over $500 million. Seems just, doesn't it?


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              Posted: December 29, 2005, 11:25 am - IP Logged

              "The suit asks for a preliminary injunction restraining the Salcones from transferring, concealing or destroying any of their property and stopping five banks and a credit union from releasing any funds to the Salcones."

              not to mention having your bank account frozen...

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                Posted: December 29, 2005, 11:28 am - IP Logged

                Join a lottery pool.

                I do not think so. I'll pull my own turnips.

                I Agree!

                Lottery pools do not increase your chances of winning big games like Powerball or Mega Millions all that much, and commonly introduce problems if you win.

                 

                I Agree!   Only ones getting rich are attorneys.

                Good luck to everyone!

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                  Posted: December 29, 2005, 11:44 am - IP Logged

                  The part about freezing your bank account is a big enough deterrent for me.

                   

                                                 

                                

                   

                   

                    LottoVantage's avatar - BRITIS 3.GIF
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                    Posted: December 29, 2005, 11:50 am - IP Logged

                    "It(the suit) asks for a judgment of $350,000 in compensatory damages and $100,000 in punitive damages and a finding that the Salcones not get any share of the winnings. The case is assigned to Judge Andrew Logan."

                    That's a new twist, take a $250,000 ticket and get suited for $450,000. It's like real estate, buy a $250,000 house and 2 months later, it worth $450,000.

                     

                    This guy is a liar and a thief stealing from honest friends that put their trust in him. If they get this kind of judgement against him then he gets what he deserves. I'm sure the lawyer they get to represent their case will more than make up for the difference in the settlement. Wink

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                      Posted: December 29, 2005, 12:25 pm - IP Logged

                      When some of the group members saw a sign a few days later indicating that the Giant Eagle on Elm Road had sold a $250,000 winning ticket, they asked and were told the winner was Salcone, the suit says. Salcone then indicated the winner was his wife — but she played the game on a Tuesday, not a Friday, it says. >>>>>>>>>>>>>

                      Here is the opposite side of the argument of why your name has to be made public if you win.....If this guy did what he did,,,he should probably want to cut a deal before this gets to court......He just blew at minimum $27,500 and a maximum of $250,000, not to mention he lost 10 friends and most of his wife's respect (unless she talked him into it.).... 

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                        Posted: December 29, 2005, 12:34 pm - IP Logged

                        He is a sneak and a thief.  He should have known that they would find out..it is sad that many people seem to display a lack of honesty and morals when it comes to money. Makes me wonder if that is a commonplace thing in his life...lying and stealing.  I wonder how his bosses look at him now.

                        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: December 29, 2005, 1:02 pm - IP Logged

                          Buddies and money don't mix.  The only Buddy I've ever trusted walked on four legs and barked when I feed him and he never asked for a ¢ent.

                           * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                             
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                            Posted: December 29, 2005, 1:05 pm - IP Logged

                            Buddies and money don't mix.  The only Buddy I've ever trusted walked on four legs and barked when I feed him and he never asked for a ¢ent.

                            I Agree!                        or meowed!!!

                            love to nibble those micey feet.