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Connecticut man sues friend for share of lottery prize

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A Connecticut man is suing a friend for a share of a $1 million lottery jackpot.

Armando Martins of Trumbull claims that he and Nuno Nascimento of Bridgeport had an agreement to buy lottery tickets every week and to share if they won.

Martins says he gave his friend $75 each week to buy tickets. On April 1, Martins said he only has $74 for his share.

The lawsuit says that evening one of the tickets that Nascimento bought at a local grocery store was a $1 million Powerball winner, but Nascimento didn't tell Martins about the prize.

Martins says Nascimento and his wife collected a check for $700,000 after taxes. Martins says his friend offered to give him $375.

Thanks to LckyLary for the tip.

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Posted: May 15, 2009, 9:57 pm - IP Logged

A Connecticut man is suing a friend for a share of a $1 million lottery jackpot.

Armando Martins of Trumbull claims that he and Nuno Nascimento of Bridgeport had an agreement to buy lottery tickets every week and to share if they won.

Martins says he gave his friend $75 each week to buy tickets. On April 1, Martins said he only has $74 for his share.

The lawsuit says that evening one of the tickets that Nascimento bought at a local grocery store was a $1 million Powerball winner, but Nascimento didn't tell Martins about the prize.

Martins says Nascimento and his wife collected a check for $700,000 after taxes. Martins says his friend offered to give him $375.

Thanks to LckyLary for the tip.

There is a lesson to be learnt here. If you are going to pool with friends, family or foe always have everything in writing and signed by all parties. This way it keep a bit of honesty if you ever win a large sum. I dont care for dishonest people, I beleive that if you make an agreement with someone you should follow through with it. your word should be your bond. (my opinion)

 

Please note: lots of $$$$ causes amnesia in many.

I hope Martins sue him and leave him with only $375 this way it will be a lesson for Nascimento to not be so greedy. Chair

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    Posted: May 15, 2009, 9:58 pm - IP Logged

    A Connecticut man is suing a friend for a share of a $1 million lottery jackpot.

    Armando Martins of Trumbull claims that he and Nuno Nascimento of Bridgeport had an agreement to buy lottery tickets every week and to share if they won.

    Martins says he gave his friend $75 each week to buy tickets. On April 1, Martins said he only has $74 for his share.

    The lawsuit says that evening one of the tickets that Nascimento bought at a local grocery store was a $1 million Powerball winner, but Nascimento didn't tell Martins about the prize.

    Martins says Nascimento and his wife collected a check for $700,000 after taxes. Martins says his friend offered to give him $375.

    Thanks to LckyLary for the tip.

    Friendship always seems to suffer when lottery winnings enter the picture.The simple solution is to play by yourself and let your friends play by themselves.

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      Posted: May 15, 2009, 10:12 pm - IP Logged

      He must have been a dear fried for him to give him $75 every week for lottery tickets, that could amount to almost $4,000 a year.  For that kind of money, he should have had a written agreement even if he was buying his won tickets and agreeing to share the winnings with his friend.

       * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
         
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        Posted: May 15, 2009, 10:28 pm - IP Logged

        By the name of your handle ( Empress-N ), you would'nt happen to work at the empress diner there in Lauderdale would yah ? 

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        On the other hand , I could'nt agree more of having things spelled out  in an agreement. This would avoid a lot of wasted time in the courts as well as friendships... 

                                                     

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          Posted: May 15, 2009, 11:25 pm - IP Logged

          Armando Martins's friend Nuno Nascimento was nothing like Barry Funk,the friend of Michael Hawryshko.
          http://www.lotterypost.com/news/81323/174926

           * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
             
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            Posted: May 16, 2009, 12:08 am - IP Logged

            What a jerk!  This is why I don't do pools.  Better to play by yourself.

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              Posted: May 16, 2009, 12:12 am - IP Logged

              If this is true, I hope Armando Martins gets the winnings that belong to him. If the guy put in $75 a week for tickets, he deserves his fair share of the jackpot. This is one of the reasons I prefer to play alone. I don't want to have to deal with liars and thieves. No Nod

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                Posted: May 16, 2009, 12:23 am - IP Logged

                true that. never trust anyone. money do change people.

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                  Posted: May 16, 2009, 12:26 am - IP Logged

                  This is a classic example of how greed and selfishness destroy friendship.   Thumbs Down

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                    Posted: May 16, 2009, 12:47 am - IP Logged

                    Those agreements are just stupid. How do you get into an agreement like these and not have a written contract? One that addresses issues like who are the members, how the contributions will take place, HOw the winnings will be divided, how to deal with days when some member chooses not to play or days that some member gives less than the agreed sum of money.

                     

                    these questions seem petty but are very real. I have refused to join many lotto groups because of these very small issues. You know a lawyer will always try to drive in the bus in the smallest loophole.

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                      Posted: May 16, 2009, 1:43 am - IP Logged

                      Unless the dude has a written agreement or some evidence that there was a verbal agreement.   I don't see how he wins the lawsuit.     Hopefully he has the greedy lottery winner on tape or hopefully a credible 3rd-party witness comes forward.  Otherwise it is just a he-said she said story.

                      This is why I don't participate in pools.   Too much risk to be short-changed.

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                        Posted: May 16, 2009, 1:56 am - IP Logged

                        Hum, perhaps the man is supposed to be satisfied receiving $74 of the $75 he provided from the final week's lottery pool Shocked

                        The lesson here is what several of the above said: get written agreements and copies of each of the drawing's tickets purchased (to show a paper trail of combined pooled money if in court).  I also am sorry for spouses to these types of thieves who are put in the middle.  Though, truly $75 a week submittal into a lottery pool is a HUGE investment spanning often months or years, why won't some folks draft an agreement (if you have $75 disposable income a week to spend on chance lottery tickets, one would think that person could read and write and realize that relying on one's word/trust isn't comprehensive enough)!

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                          Posted: May 16, 2009, 7:02 am - IP Logged

                          "best to play alone then in baaaad company"

                          Hiding Behind Computerother stray thought is the guy with $75 to blow every week might try looking for a new hobby

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                            Posted: May 16, 2009, 7:31 am - IP Logged

                            Not shocking this incident is  from Bridgeport      ...

                            ONLY GET INVOLVED IN LOTTERY POOLS WHERE SOMEONE MAKES PHOTO COPIES OF TICKETS

                            END OF STORY..THIS WAY EVERYONE HAS EVIDENCE OF BEING THE WINNER

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