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Posted: March 18, 2008, 2:51 am - IP Logged

there is no chance of WINNING a lawsuit...the others didnt put up their money to play and they get nothing...if someone said we will give you something and after they change mind and say we'll give you nothing they can do so...didnt play your not entitled to share...no winning argument in any court...whatever they decide to share is a big gift to the recipient no matter the amount...they could have chiped in a buck in the pool but didn't...if you cannot give me one buck then why should i give you millions?..NO play, NO winnings...they may decide to sue but they are not entitled so the lawsuit will fail

There's always a chance  of winning a lawsuit, no matter how frivolous it might seem, especially to those who get their information from a brief news report. Some of the people speculating about the possibility of lawsuit in this case must have read a different article than the one I read, because the one I read doesn't offer any useful information on whether such a case would be frivolous or not. Based on this article, there was no statement by anyone suggesting (much less a "spokeperson acknowledging") that the others are entitled to anything. Any offer to give some money to the non-participants is exactly that: an offer, not a promise or admission that the group is obligated (legally or morally) to share with the others.

If the office had a regular pool in which all 11 sometimes participated and there is lawsuit it should be decided based on the agreement, and why some people alledgedly weren't in it for this drawing. Unless there is a well-written agreement that clearly indicates otherwise, you can be sure the plaintiff's lawyer will use the alledged statement that the winners are upset that the others did not participate, and intend to give them a share, to suggest that the winners know that the non-winners were unfairly shut out of the pool.

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    There's always a chance  of winning a lawsuit, no matter how frivolous it might seem, especially to those who get their information from a brief news report. Some of the people speculating about the possibility of lawsuit in this case must have read a different article than the one I read, because the one I read doesn't offer any useful information on whether such a case would be frivolous or not. Based on this article, there was no statement by anyone suggesting (much less a "spokeperson acknowledging") that the others are entitled to anything. Any offer to give some money to the non-participants is exactly that: an offer, not a promise or admission that the group is obligated (legally or morally) to share with the others.

    If the office had a regular pool in which all 11 sometimes participated and there is lawsuit it should be decided based on the agreement, and why some people alledgedly weren't in it for this drawing. Unless there is a well-written agreement that clearly indicates otherwise, you can be sure the plaintiff's lawyer will use the alledged statement that the winners are upset that the others did not participate, and intend to give them a share, to suggest that the winners know that the non-winners were unfairly shut out of the pool.

    if the 3 that didnt play act really bitchy then the 8 who won should put down $1 million each and buy the best lawyer there is (for $8 million) or bribe the judge or jury to prevent the other 3 from winning the lawsuit assuming they file one...you want to play nasty..the money talks here the bulls**t will walk..no play no sharing

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      Posted: March 18, 2008, 4:31 am - IP Logged

      I Agree!

       

      I'm surprised that was even mentioned to the press.  Just by implying the 3 other women deserve a portion of the winnings is tantamount to admitting they should share in the pool.  I think it would be very nice if each of the winners gave them a large gift, but that's totally separate. 

      Ooooohhh, Ooooh, OoooH!  I totally agree, Justexploring.  I was SUR PRIZ eD!!!! with that statement.  Then I thought, I hope that they pool had a contract in writing in those situations.  I hope they know better than to not have a thorough contract!  But then again, they might not be Lottery Post Members!  Oh well, let's see how this one turns out.  THE MOOLA can mean MADNESS!

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        Posted: March 18, 2008, 4:35 am - IP Logged

        You are probably right..  I am in a office lottery pool and we all had to sign a contract, one of the rules were if you did not play that week, if we hit you did not get a share of anything. The only exception that was made was that if there were a medical emergency or death in the family --(we would put your share in)........ Other than that zero input meant zero dollars!!  We all agreed and we signed it.   

        My daughter in Louisiana is in a pool and they included the information you mentioned in their contract.  They went as far as to define Medical emergency.

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          My daughter in Louisiana is in a pool and they included the information you mentioned in their contract.  They went as far as to define Medical emergency.

          smart people.

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            Posted: March 18, 2008, 8:46 am - IP Logged

            I smell trouble brewing.   Greed has no bounds.  Even the winners admitted the co-workers who didn't play that day deserve something.  The question is how much? $100,000 - $1 million or more?  If I were the winners here, I would have just included them into winners list and save on court cost.   11/276 million = $25 million each,  8/276 million = $34.5 million.  I guess there is a difference.

             

            Anyway wtg to the winners. 

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              I am gong to redraft our pool agreement.  Medical leave is one I did not think of adding. One time a player was out for medical reasons but one other player stated she will cover her portion.  I am in charge of our pool and we play montly not every drawing.  It states if you dont pay you dont play, they each get a copy of the ticket and who paid for the month.  We are state employees and get paid on the first  Our pool is now 4 people, our building has about 100 employee though there may be other pools too.  The most our pool has one is 8 dollars more than once.   We are Dollaraires!!! maybe next we will be Thousandnaires.

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                re-draft all ya want. The facts are no contract is air tight based clearly on most  folks who say that a lawsuit can be brought about by the most ludicrious of allegations. Sorry but I stand by the courts and the legal system, that no pay no win still holds true.  And to those that make claims that such suits exist, please be exact and name the docket # and dates. Chances are the over generalization that such is going on isnt near the truth of facts. My in law is a lawyer and he has access to case laws/suits. Contracts can be modified but if the courts find them bias, the whole contract is null....

                Finding a ticket and making claims is NOT the same arguement as a person who insist that even though they didnt play that week in the pool they are entitled to all the rewards.

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                  re-draft all ya want. The facts are no contract is air tight based clearly on most  folks who say that a lawsuit can be brought about by the most ludicrious of allegations. Sorry but I stand by the courts and the legal system, that no pay no win still holds true.  And to those that make claims that such suits exist, please be exact and name the docket # and dates. Chances are the over generalization that such is going on isnt near the truth of facts. My in law is a lawyer and he has access to case laws/suits. Contracts can be modified but if the courts find them bias, the whole contract is null....

                  Finding a ticket and making claims is NOT the same arguement as a person who insist that even though they didnt play that week in the pool they are entitled to all the rewards.

                  Ok. Well these are just four accounts of people who are suing over lottery pool wins.  There are many more. The first one being one of the most recent.

                  http://www.lotterypost.com/news/169065
                  http://www.lotterypost.com/news/135957
                  http://www.lotterypost.com/news/135160
                  http://www.lotterypost.com/news/130962

                  By the way, I have relatives who are lawyers and a judge in the family! That doesn't mean anything. These claims may be frivolous or ludicrous, but that doesn't mean that someone can't file a lawsuit. It does happen. Too say it doesn't is silly. Just do a search and you can see it happens all the time. I'm not going to go looking for the actual case numbers and dates.

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                    Posted: March 19, 2008, 9:33 am - IP Logged

                    there is no chance of WINNING a lawsuit...the others didnt put up their money to play and they get nothing...if someone said we will give you something and after they change mind and say we'll give you nothing they can do so...didnt play your not entitled to share...no winning argument in any court...whatever they decide to share is a big gift to the recipient no matter the amount...they could have chiped in a buck in the pool but didn't...if you cannot give me one buck then why should i give you millions?..NO play, NO winnings...they may decide to sue but they are not entitled so the lawsuit will fail

                    Well I hope you are right, but unfortunatly I think this might go to court, and with the right attorney, could get hung up untill they squeeze out a settlement that they might think is fair, or they actually win....a street smart attorney will jump in and play for his share, regardless of who pays him....This won't be about right or wrong, this is a "how long are you willing to play the game of Law and money." 

                    "Everybody has to believe in something...I believe I'll have another beer!"   = W.C.Fields                      

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                      Posted: March 19, 2008, 4:14 pm - IP Logged

                      They steal from us and they win the lottery.

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                        They steal from us and they win the lottery.

                        They don't steal from us. They just work there.

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                          Ok. Well these are just four accounts of people who are suing over lottery pool wins.  There are many more. The first one being one of the most recent.

                          http://www.lotterypost.com/news/169065
                          http://www.lotterypost.com/news/135957
                          http://www.lotterypost.com/news/135160
                          http://www.lotterypost.com/news/130962

                          By the way, I have relatives who are lawyers and a judge in the family! That doesn't mean anything. These claims may be frivolous or ludicrous, but that doesn't mean that someone can't file a lawsuit. It does happen. Too say it doesn't is silly. Just do a search and you can see it happens all the time. I'm not going to go looking for the actual case numbers and dates.

                          I Agree!  The law doesn't always make sense. 

                           

                          Just click on your state.

                          http://www.loonylaws.com/

                           

                          This site has more of them.  Wonder how many are still on the books?

                          http://www.serenitysangel.net/laws/Silly.html