In group lottery wins, splitting the spoils tough
Every once in a while a lottery jackpot becomes so huge that people can't help but band together in the hope of increasing their odds, pooling their money for a wad of tickets and promising to evenly split the spoils. Seems like a good idea until lightning strikes and the group wins.
Then the future involves not only luxury, but also lawsuits. Numerous group winners have been sued by people claiming to have pitched in for the ticket, creating messy fights over what money will be left once the ...
Apr 4, 2012, 8:10 am - Lottery News forum
Maryland Mega Millions winner already in pool dispute
Says $105M is all hers; McDonald's workers say it's theirs
Mega Millions mania has plunged a Maryland McDonald's into a bubbling cauldron of controversy hotter than a deep-fried apple pie.
Workers at the fast-food joint who pooled their cash for tickets are furious at a colleague who claims she won with a ticket she bought for herself and has no intention of sharing.
We had a group plan, but I went and played by myself. [The 'winning' ticket] wasn't on the group plan, McDonald's winner ...
Apr 2, 2012, 9:59 am - Lottery News forum
Generous former lottery winner says she accidentally gave away second winning ticket
Says lottery ticket was mixed in with money she gave away
When Emily Leach stopped by Liquor Tobacco, a convenience store in the San Francisco Bay Area community of Mountain View, before Friday's drawing for the California state lottery's Mega Millions Jackpot then worth $290 million she was already a kind of celebrated figure at the store after winning $1 million on a lottery ticket she bought there in January.
Her recent good fortune allowed her to perform random acts of generosity for s ...
Mar 27, 2012, 3:34 pm - Lottery News forum
Mega Millions winner forced to split jackpot with co-workers
For one New Jersey lottery winner looking to keep a Mega Millions jackpot all to himself, luck ran out today.
Americo Lopes, who took home a $24 million jackpot three years ago, must surrender $20 million of that bounty to five former coworkers after a civil jury found he cheated the men out of their rightful share of the winnings.
On Nov. 10, 2009, two winning Mega Millions tickets were claimed from a $77 million jackpot, one of which Lopes had, leaving him with $38.5 million. He chose a ...
Mar 15, 2012, 8:43 am - Lottery News forum
NJ man sued over $38.5M lottery ticket
A trail is underway in the case of a New Jersey construction worker who is being sued by his former co-workers after cashing in a $38.5 million lottery ticket.
Americo Lopes and five co-workers participated in a weekly lottery pool starting in 2007 where they worked at Berto Construction, according to the New Jersey Star-Ledger.
Each participant contributed $2 to the pool and Lopes would buy the tickets. Lopes also played the lottery independently from the pool.
On November 10, 2009, tw ...
Mar 14, 2012, 9:12 am - Lottery News forum
Woman wants part of estranged husband's lotto jackpot
Includes video report
The winner of a $34.5 million Hoosier Lotto jackpot wants to remain anonymous, but a woman who claims to be his estranged wife is demanding a piece of the prize.
The lottery winner, whose name was not released, came forward Friday morning and took a lump sum of $15.9 million, lottery officials said.
The winning ticket was sold in Shelbyville at the Smokers Host store at 903 S. Harrison St.
Ericka Prather, of Shelbyville, said she and lotto winner James Prather g ...
Feb 28, 2012, 10:26 am - Lottery News forum
Connecticut lottery winners settle $1 million battle
Money doesn't always buy happiness especially when it involves two friends fighting over a winning Powerball ticket.
Last week, Armando Martins, a drywall installer from Trumbull and Nino Nascimento, a local mason, agreed to settle their three-year legal battle in state Superior Court over a $1 million winning ticket.
Under the terms of the settlement, reached before Judge Barbara Bellis, Martins will get $630,000 while Nascimento gets $370,000.
Both Martins and Nascimento declined comm ...
Jan 30, 2012, 7:41 am - Lottery News forum
Three women vying for ownership of $1 million lottery ticket
Includes video report
A winning $1 million lottery ticket picked out of a gas station trash can has become the subject of a three-way legal battle in Arkansas.
Sharon Jones was at a Super One Stop in July 2011 in Bebee, Ark., when she went to a trash bin to pick up a handful of discarded lottery tickets, as she had done many times before, according to her attorneys.
A program through the lottery commission website allows people to register non-winning tickets for points that they can us ...
Jan 26, 2012, 9:20 pm - Lottery News forum
Man dropped from lottery syndicate wins share in court
A Melbourne, Austrailia, accountant has won his share of an $867,000 Tattslotto first division prize, three years after he was dropped from a 10-member Big Kahuna house syndicate.
A thrilled Danny Watson and his legal team beamed outside court after a magistrate found a newsagent and his company guilty of false and misleading conduct over the handling of the syndicate.
The magistrate said Mr Watson, a regular participant in the Fitzroy agency's system 17 entry, was entitled to damages of $ ...
Nov 13, 2011, 11:47 am - Lottery News forum
Irish NY lottery winner's estranged husband wants half
Patricia Daly, an Ireland native from Tullamore, Co. Offaly, struck gold with a Quick Pick in the New York State Lottery in January but now faces a battle to hold onto her winnings, with her estranged husband launching a legal bid for what he claims is his rightful share.
(See Long Island waitress wins $21.5M Lotto jackpot, Lottery Post, Jan. 28, 2011.)
Daly, 40, is a single mother of three who emigrated to New York in 1995. She was one of eight players who won a combined $32.5 million, cl ...
Sep 7, 2011, 4:30 pm - Lottery News forum