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LOTTO syndicates need rules

Topic closed. 2 replies. Last post 11 years ago by LANTERN.

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Member #17096
June 11, 2005
225 Posts
Posted: July 25, 2005, 10:29 am - IP Logged

LOTTO syndicates should draw up simple rules governing how they play in order to avoid rows and costly legal battles after a big win.

Contract lawyer Nigel Adams said in light of recent high profile court cases in this country and in Britain, lottery syndicates should have a written agreement in place from the start to avoid confusion and ambiguity over the ownership of lottery tickets.

Last December the High Court in Dublin ruled that a Co Mayo man was entitled to one fifth of a Lotto jackpot of €2m, even though he had not paid towards the cost of the winning ticket.

However the disputed €400,000 share is again "on ice" following a decision by the syndicate members to appeal the High Court ruling to the Supreme Court.

Mr Adams, who is based in London, said drawing up syndicate rules did not have to be "rocket science" but it helped to have simple rules so everyone was clear about what they were.



    New Mexico
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    Member #12305
    March 10, 2005
    2984 Posts
    Posted: July 25, 2005, 10:44 am - IP Logged

    I tend to agree.  Back in the days before Lotto was legal and the syndicates owned all the numbers games there was a simple, clear-cut set of rules that everyone knew.  Worked fairly well and didn't involve lawyers or rocket scientists.  They paid off through your bookie if you won.  If your bookie didn't pay you, or if you didn't pay him, it began with a friendly broken arm or shattered kneecap.  If that didn't resolve the issue things could get tough.

    Everyone always needs to know where he stands on these matters.



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      May 4, 2004
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      Posted: July 25, 2005, 11:16 am - IP Logged

      Yes, it was cut and dry like so. Cement shoes anybody ? Brand new, never before been used.

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