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$25 million lottery ticket before judge

Mega MillionsMega Millions: $25 million lottery ticket before judge

A Superior Court judge is scheduled to rule today on who owns a disputed Mega Millions lottery ticket worth $25 million.

Judge Marguerite T. Simon will decide whether to award the winning Mega Millions ticket to a Bergen County couple or to a crew of 20 Englewood hospital workers.

Simon said she will issue a ruling at 1:30 p.m. today.

Cornell and Teri Davis of Englewood presented the winning ticket to New Jersey lottery officials March 17. They are regular customers at Circle Food Market, where the ticket was sold, and testified that Cornell Davis bought the ticket there along with a bottle of Gatorade and a cigar.

The 20 laboratory technicians from Englewood Hospital and Medical Center were part of a regular lottery pool. They claim the winning ticket was supposed to have been bought for their pool but was diverted to the Davises instead.

The link between the two parties is Jamal Townes, a 27-year-old X-ray technician at the hospital who was in charge of buying tickets for his co-workers' pool.

Townes told his colleagues after the drawing that their ticket didn't win, according to trial testimony. But he also knew Cornell Davis.

Townes has countersued his co-workers, contending they have slandered him.

Associated Press

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