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Judge bars woman's ex-girlfriend from claiming big-win NC lottery ticket as her own

Jun 14, 2019, 7:29 am

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North Carolina LotteryNorth Carolina Lottery: Judge bars woman's ex-girlfriend from claiming big-win NC lottery ticket as her ownRating:

A judge has barred the ex-girlfriend of a Charlotte area woman from cashing in on the woman's big lottery ticket win.

Jasmine Watkins said in a lawsuit that she won $25,000 a year for life with a Lucky for Life ticket she bought in May. But on the day she intended to collect her winnings at the NC Education Lottery office in Raleigh, her ex-girlfriend drove without her — and with the winning ticket — and claimed she won the prize, the lawsuit said.

On Thursday, Judge Karen Eady-Williams issued a preliminary injunction ordering the North Carolina Lottery Commission to hold the winning ticket proceeds, pending the outcome of the case, said Trey Lindley, Watkins' Charlotte-based lawyer.

Watkins bought the ticket where she works — at a 7-Eleven in the 1700 block of Windsor Square Drive in Matthews, according to her complaint filed June 6 in Mecklenburg County Civil Superior Court. But she was off-duty when she bought the ticket, according to the complaint.

Lindley said she also could have chosen a one-time cash payout of $500,000.

After Watkins learned she had won, she said her car had mechanical problems. She accepted her ex-girlfriend's offer to drive her to Raleigh to claim her prize, according to her complaint. The woman told Watkins she needed to take her daughter to daycare first, but instead drove to Raleigh with Watkins' ticket, Watkins said in the lawsuit.

According to the complaint, her ex-girlfriend signed the ticket at lottery headquarters, "fraudulently representing herself as the lawful owner."

Watkins said in the lawsuit that she obtained video footage from the 7-Eleven to prove she bought the winning ticket.

She seeks monetary damages from the woman, although the amount is not listed in the lawsuit.

Watkins also sought a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction preventing the NC Education Lottery from disbursing any of the winning ticket proceeds. She also requests a jury trial against her ex-girlfriend.

The preliminary injunction order has yet to be drafted or officially entered into the court record, according to Lindley.

The woman could not be reached for comment Thursday night.

Charlotte Observer

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Posted: June 14, 2019, 8:02 am - IP Logged

Sign the ticket or keep the ticket secure in a undisclosed location.

    MillionsWanted's avatar - 24Qa6LT

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    Posted: June 14, 2019, 8:55 am - IP Logged

    Don't trust your ex. They are usually ex for a reason.

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      Posted: June 14, 2019, 9:00 am - IP Logged

      Don't trust your ex. They are usually ex for a reason.

      I Agree!

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        Posted: June 14, 2019, 9:26 am - IP Logged

        Sign the ticket or keep the ticket secure in a undisclosed location.

        I Agree!

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          Posted: June 14, 2019, 10:27 am - IP Logged

          This is not surprising coming out of North Carolina.  The state has 10,000,000 residents and probably 9,999,997 are lottery winners.

          It’s WAY TOO EASY to win a lottery there.

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            Posted: June 14, 2019, 10:59 am - IP Logged

            Sign the ticket or keep the ticket secure in a undisclosed location.

              I Agree!

            Have fun and the best of luck to everyone! Sun Smiley

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              Posted: June 14, 2019, 11:06 am - IP Logged

              Don't trust your ex. They are usually ex for a reason.

              I Agree!

              The only time you run out of chances is if you don't take them. 117Jester Laugh 

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                Posted: June 14, 2019, 11:44 am - IP Logged

                And keep your mouth shut!! I know it's exciting to tell about your win, but everybody will not be happy.

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                  Posted: June 14, 2019, 12:51 pm - IP Logged

                  This is not surprising coming out of North Carolina.  The state has 10,000,000 residents and probably 9,999,997 are lottery winners.

                  It’s WAY TOO EASY to win a lottery there.

                  jj,

                  You are the LP director of Fake News.

                  Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any. So many systems, so many theories, so few jackpot winners. 

                  Lep

                  There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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                    Posted: June 14, 2019, 1:19 pm - IP Logged

                    jj,

                    You are the LP director of Fake News.

                    I Agree!.. I don’t think I have ever heard this character say anything but...

                     * Voice of Reason *   

                     

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                      And keep your mouth shut!! I know it's exciting to tell about your win, but everybody will not be happy.

                      Yep, l guess Jasmine‘s gf forget that she was John wick’d. In other words : excommunicated from the relationship.

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                      People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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                        Posted: June 14, 2019, 2:28 pm - IP Logged

                        jj,

                        You are the LP director of Fake News.

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                          Posted: June 14, 2019, 3:48 pm - IP Logged

                          This is not surprising coming out of North Carolina.  The state has 10,000,000 residents and probably 9,999,997 are lottery winners.

                          It’s WAY TOO EASY to win a lottery there.

                          LOL You are too funny! Sorry but I can't take you seriously. Green laugh

                           "We are all in this together!" 

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                            Posted: June 14, 2019, 3:53 pm - IP Logged

                            And keep your mouth shut!! I know it's exciting to tell about your win, but everybody will not be happy.

                            I Agree! Remain quiet until you turn the ticket in and claim your prize. Than you can tell the whole world about your good fortune. 

                             "Everybody will not be happy." God can only change those types of player's minds.

                             "We are all in this together!"