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Can family members sue for a share if you win using their birth dates.

Yes [ 3 ]  [6.38%]
No [ 30 ]  [63.83%]
WTF?! [ 14 ]  [29.79%]
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Posted: December 12, 2015, 5:55 pm - IP Logged

I was just thinking about this. I've never heard of it ever happening. Let's say you have to or are dumb enough to a give a press conference and you mention that you won using a combination of family member birth dates. You decide to be selfish and keep the money to yourself. Do they (your family members) have a claim to a share of the money for giving you inspiration to play those numbers. I had to buy another car because my old one died on me and didn't have time to get it fixed and keep my truck (company driver). It had been giving me trouble for awhile and probably was the best thing to do in the long run. Good luck to those playing Powerball tonight.

May the balls bounce in your favor!

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    Posted: December 12, 2015, 5:58 pm - IP Logged

    No, it won't hold up in court. Also, if you win a jackpot, even if you want to keep every penny for yourself, that alone does not make you selfish. No one can tell you what to do with your own money.

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      Posted: December 12, 2015, 10:53 pm - IP Logged

      Doubt that would up. Plus you can always say you lied about using family members numbers. Even if they show proof then it could be a  coincidence.

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        Posted: December 12, 2015, 11:29 pm - IP Logged

        I was just thinking about this. I've never heard of it ever happening. Let's say you have to or are dumb enough to a give a press conference and you mention that you won using a combination of family member birth dates. You decide to be selfish and keep the money to yourself. Do they (your family members) have a claim to a share of the money for giving you inspiration to play those numbers. I had to buy another car because my old one died on me and didn't have time to get it fixed and keep my truck (company driver). It had been giving me trouble for awhile and probably was the best thing to do in the long run. Good luck to those playing Powerball tonight.

        "Let's say you have to or are dumb enough to a give a press conference and you mention that you won using a combination of family member birth dates. "

        You're kidding, right?

        "You decide to be selfish and keep the money to yourself. Do they (your family members) have a claim to a share of the money for giving you inspiration to play those numbers."

        That makes less sense than your first statement. Do you expect unselfish jackpot winners to distribute their winnings to all the other players sharing the same birthday or anniversary?

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          Posted: December 12, 2015, 11:52 pm - IP Logged

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            Posted: December 13, 2015, 2:52 am - IP Logged

            This is the good ol' U.S.of A. Anybody can try to sue you for anything.

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              Posted: December 13, 2015, 4:33 am - IP Logged

              i said no, but they can try a  decent dose of nagging to try and persuade you to give em some.

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                Posted: December 13, 2015, 8:00 am - IP Logged

                I'd say no provided you didn't give them credit for their "assistance" in helping you win.  ie: I owe it all to them and their lucky birthday numbers without which I could never have won.  Falls into the same category as telling everyone at the bar you will buy them new cars of their choice when you win Powerball.  There is still such a thing as a verbal contract before witnesses.  Not that I'm a legal beagle, that's my opinion, who knows I could be right.

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                  Posted: December 13, 2015, 8:19 am - IP Logged

                  Beyond the "inspiration" concern (unlikely), I'd be more concerned with a family member in your hypothetical, claiming you'd share or take care of them.

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                    Posted: December 13, 2015, 8:55 am - IP Logged

                    Too funny! Just give them all $.01. You should have enough to do that. That way you did what you said you would do! Plus you did not say how much you were givenSmash. Courts decision. Sorry had to put my one cent in!!!

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                      Posted: December 13, 2015, 11:06 am - IP Logged

                      I'm not saying anyone would. I just posed a hypothetical situation. I wouldn't put it pass someone to try to make that kind of claim in court. People can pretty much sue you for anything. I don't see how either of those statments didn't make sense. Some states require you to participate in a press conference. Some don't; but some winners choose to participate or aren't informed about their options. Solomon Jackson, a SC winner, went public when he could've stayed anonymous. Jonathan Vargas, another SC winner won using mostly birth dates. He could've left town with the cash without helping anyone. No, I don't expect. Anyone to share prize money with just anyone that shares the same birthday as the numbers drawn. You weren't aware of their existance and didn't know when they were born. So, it wouldn't make sense for that particular person to make a claim that they gave you inspiration to play their birth date as part of the combination of lottery numbers.

                      May the balls bounce in your favor!

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                        Posted: December 13, 2015, 11:06 am - IP Logged

                        I was just thinking about this. I've never heard of it ever happening. Let's say you have to or are dumb enough to a give a press conference and you mention that you won using a combination of family member birth dates. You decide to be selfish and keep the money to yourself. Do they (your family members) have a claim to a share of the money for giving you inspiration to play those numbers. I had to buy another car because my old one died on me and didn't have time to get it fixed and keep my truck (company driver). It had been giving me trouble for awhile and probably was the best thing to do in the long run. Good luck to those playing Powerball tonight.

                        No Way. Your family members could stake a claim. Green laugh

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                          Posted: December 13, 2015, 11:28 am - IP Logged

                          I was just thinking about this. I've never heard of it ever happening. Let's say you have to or are dumb enough to a give a press conference and you mention that you won using a combination of family member birth dates. You decide to be selfish and keep the money to yourself. Do they (your family members) have a claim to a share of the money for giving you inspiration to play those numbers. I had to buy another car because my old one died on me and didn't have time to get it fixed and keep my truck (company driver). It had been giving me trouble for awhile and probably was the best thing to do in the long run. Good luck to those playing Powerball tonight.

                          I agree with Stack and that's the reason I gave you one star. It's a good question because we live in a highly litigious society, but your phrasing needs work. Because:

                          1. How is it dumb to give a press conference if it's a requirement of being paid? 
                          2. Why is it selfish to not randomly throw money at people just because you share some DNA?

                          That being said, no one has a claim on your winnings unless you had an agreement to share the funds. Doesn't matter what numbers you use. Yes they may sue you, but that alone will not hold up as a claim. Not to mention what a slippery slope it would create. However, if they said you had an agreement to split any winnings and the proof of that is you used their birthdays, that'll be a different story.

                          I might wake up early and go running.  I might also wake up and win the lottery.

                          The odds are about the same.

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                            Posted: December 13, 2015, 11:54 am - IP Logged

                             It depends upon how much I win. According to the law, I can only give another person $14,000.00 per year. Tax-free, Federal tax. If I give someone more than that then I will owe gift tax. I think that the tax rate for gifts above $14,000 is 40%. If you are married that amount increases to $28,000.00 

                             Maybe the New Year will bring in a change to $15,000.00. 

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                              Posted: December 13, 2015, 12:47 pm - IP Logged

                              Probably not but it won't keep people from trying lol. I heard of crazy lottery lawsuits...one I heard was a woman asked her son's friends to pray she won the lottery and when she did he sued her for a cut...like I said...crazy