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
Mo. woman describes aftermath of lottery jackpot
When Sandra Hayes hit a $224 million Powerball jackpot with 12 of her co-workers, she didn't retire immediately.
Hayes was a social worker with the state of Missouri then, and she was a single mom of three who was twice divorced. Her income was less than $26,000 a year.
She had debt, including school loans, and she still was having a hard time believing that she had won. She wanted to wait until she had her winnings in hand.
But things at work got increasingly difficult.
She started ...
Mar 5, 2012, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
Oregon Walmart workers split Idaho Lottery $1M Raffle prize
By Todd Northrop, with sources from KTVB
It's a great start to 2012 for five friends, who combined their resources and won a million dollars.
The five, who all work at Walmart in Ontario, Oregon, had the winning ticket in the Idaho Lottery's annual $1,000,000 Raffle.
Ontario, Oregon, is located right on the border of Oregon and Idaho.
The winners split the grand prize five ways and picked up their big checks at the lottery offices in Boise Tuesday. Each winner got $200,000 before tax ...
Jan 6, 2012, 8:39 am - Lottery News forum
Dropping out of lottery pool costs teacher millions
Dave Johnston is kicking himself for pulling out of a lottery pool that's about to cash in a lucky ticket for $30 million.
The steam-fitting instructor at Red Deer College in central Alberta, Canada, used to play regularly with plumbing teachers he sat with in the school's lunchroom every day.
But he pulled out over a year ago.
It's hard to stay in, said Johnston, who added he kept putting in his cash but the pool wasn't winning big. He eventually decided it just wasn't going to happen ...
Nov 25, 2011, 3:10 am - 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
Mass. Lottery game was sure-thing for a few groups
Massachusetts Lottery officials this summer said they were surprised to learn that a handful of high-stakes gamblers had taken over one of their $2 games, with just three groups of bettors accounting for most of the winning tickets statewide at certain times. The lottery disciplined two sales agents who allowed the high-rollers to run the ticket machines themselves and announced new rules to limit the dominance of sophisticated bettors.
But the Globe has found that lottery managers for years ...
Oct 16, 2011, 3:10 pm - Lottery News forum
Ohio man sues for share of $99M lottery jackpot
An employee of a Geauga County cabinetry company has sued 22 of his co-workers for denying him a share of a $99 million lottery jackpot.
And, last week, a judge ordered the Ohio Lottery Commission to set aside about $2 million until Edward Hairston's claim is resolved in a trial.
Hairston contends that every month for eight years he pitched $5 into a lottery pool with co-workers at the KraftMaid company in Middlefield. While recuperating from a back injury, however, he failed to make contr ...
Sep 4, 2011, 5:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Workers win the lottery one day after being laid off
Group of manufacturing employees will split $7 million prize
Includes video report
In Canada, a group of employees at an Ottawa manufacturing plant say they won the $7 million Lotto 6/49 prize Wednesday, the same day their company announced massive layoffs.
Eighteen employees at SMART technologies including 10 who got layoff notices on Wednesday were part of the group of winners, according to Colin Willard, one of the ticket holders.
Willard, who worked at SMART for seven years, was ...
Aug 16, 2011, 10:10 pm - Lottery News forum
22 Ohio co-workers share $99M Mega Millions jackpot
By Todd Northrop
A lucky group of 22 co-workers were at the Ohio Lottery's Youngstown office Monday to claim their share of last week's $99 million Mega Millions jackpot.
The Ohio lottery said most of the 22 work for KraftMaid in Jefferson, Ashtabula County, midway between Cleveland and Youngstown. The majority of the winners work together in the logistics and customer service departments at the cabinet making company. The group has been playing the lottery for several years.
Each winne ...
Aug 9, 2011, 9:41 am - Lottery News forum