Skip to comments.NJ Man claims $77 million lottery ticket is not the ticket he bought for a pool of five co-workers
Posted on 03/07/2012 2:13:38 PM PST by SMGFan
ELIZABETH, N.J., March 7 (UPI) -- A New Jersey man claims his winning $77 million lottery ticket was purchased independently, and is not the ticket he bought for a pool of five co-workers.
In a civil lawsuit that began Tuesday in Elizabeth, N.J., plaintiffs are accusing Americo Lopes of fraud, and demand that he share his winnings with them.
Lopes was the organizer of a lottery pool at the construction company where he worked, and made regular purchases of betting tickets. On Nov. 10, 2009 he held a winning Mega Millions ticket, but did not inform his co-workers, instead telling his supervisor he required time off for foot surgery, the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger reported. In March 2010 he returned to inform his boss he'd won the lottery and would not return to work, court papers said.
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His co-wokers learned the hard way...
Play stupid games - Win stupid prizes.
Sorry....I think he wins. They need evidence and apparently they have none.
Lotteries create nothing but losers.
now if the “partners” would present all their legal papers maybe things could be worked out.....????...where’d they go?
What an AH this guy is..
And he never had foot surgery...
Distribute the money amongst the others, and give this guy nothing.
Maybe, but I'd really like the chance to prove you wrong :)
His co-workers may suggest he consider a lead injection as an alternative.....after all; it’s Joisee.
Normally, when one is in one of these pools, a photo copy is made of the tickets purchases and sent to each of the pool members. Absent the winnin number being in such a receipt, I don’t think that they have much of a legal leg to stand on.
Of course, if the man is telling the truth, he could offer $500,000 or so to each of his four co-workers as a courtesy payment to get them to fob off. I think they would take it.
By lying about the foot surgery he reveals his own fundamental dishonesty. If I was on the jury, I’d be more inclined to find against his claim of an independent purchase.
Ya got 5 people willing to testify against one, and in fact it’s already been established, this guy is a liar.
It would be tempting not to do this myself if my coworkers had no proof. I’d like to think I wouldn’t do it, but you never know until it happens to you.
right , if no real agreement can be proven, you always depend on honesty of the ticket buyer. Sure it seems fishy.
A lot depends on this pool’s common practice. It doesn’t change that he’s a liar.
Verbal agreements are legal contracts but without the co-workers having a copy of the purchased ticket(s) they are screwed.
When I was in an office pool we all signed an informal agreement outlining how the tickets would be bought and how winnings (if any) would be distributed.
A local group just won $16 million. They have an attorney and a trust already.
Office pools can work. IF everyone has more than an ounce of brains. It sounds like this Jersey group screwed up.
Lottery pools are worthless. A few tickets don’t increase your odds that much and you invite lawsuits....Buy your own tickets!(if you want to share your stories of what you would do with the money..well that’s what the breakroom is for)
After this liar's claim of going to the foot doctor, he should be made to have no leg to stand on.
I’m sure you could find 5 people to testify to just about anything for $15 million each. They may well be telling the truth, but I don’t know how much weight the testimony of people with that much motivation to lie would carry in court.
I’ve always thought these pooled lottery ticket deals are idiotic. It’s almost like you have to beat the odds TWICE to win. First you need to beat the 10 million to 1 or more odds and win the lottery, then you need to beat similar odds that the guy holding the winning ticket will actually share the prize.
Just buy your own tickets, and if you win and are feeling generous towards your co-workers, give them some cash.
Yeah I wish I had this headache.
Hey Joey don’t forget to stir the sauce.(Joey may be wrong name)Goodfellas
Now go home and get your shinebox.
Dude’s thief but his “friends” don’t have much to stand on.
There have been several ‘pool’ lottery winners - with a great sense of friendship and good result.
It seems the pools are convenient - one employee collects the money and buys the tickets.
The best solution would be for the purchaser to get single tickets and each participant pick one to keep. Any sharing of winnings should be a separate agreement between the participants - or have all numbers issued on one ticket and sharing is a given.
Starts out as fun and ends in greed and anger.
I wouldn’t mind being on the losing end of some of that either:)
>> “His co-workers may suggest he consider a lead injection as an alternative.....after all; its Joisee.” <<
Calcium carbonate footware for swimming is traditional for jerks like him.
Lottery Pools. Each person in the pool needs to ask for a copy of the ticket after it is purchased.
77 million. Here is the breakdown.
After Federal and State taxes, the winner will have about 45 million.
Attorney’s fees to defend against the other 5? 1/3 or 15 million.
Accountant that will be hired to manage account. 10% or 3 million
27 million left. Everyone in the family with hands out. 10 million.
17 million left. Monmouth Racetrack 10 million. 7 million left
Coke, hookers, booze, parties and hangers on. The rest.
2013, he will be looking for work.
As I read the story, he was head of the pool and it's established a ticket or tickets were purchased for the date in question.
Absent some contemporaneous record he can produce listing the group's tickets, it's a question of fact for the jury regarding whether he's telling the truth about which tickets were the groups' ticket(s) and which was/were his.
The jury heard evidence damaging to his credibility - his lies about the foot surgery (sound like the unemployment scam was common in the industry). I also wouldn't be surprise if a jury thinks it's just to spread the wealth.
I used to be in a lottery pool at work. We all put our dollar in, and we received photocopies of the tickets purchased BEFORE the drawing.
If the coworkers didnt do that, then... there’s no proof and he wins.
The office lotteries I participated in, the person buying the tickets would always photocopy all the tickets purchased and pass them out to the participants.
If she had bought any on her own and won, I wouldn't have any problem with it.
I suppose it’s possible the ruling could go 75/25 where the guy sort of wins and the co-workers win..
Part of our slide as a nation began in about 1980 when governments began all this lottery business. It is something else that teaches people that work is not important, and oh boy I can hit the big time with just 1 more ticket purchase. Even when they do, it all disappears soon. John Ashcroft, Mo. governor, even succumbed and signed the bill allowing gambling in Missouri.
Irrelevant in this case, as there was already a pattern of 5 co-workers playing lotto pool together.
In fact, Lopes was the organizer of a lottery pool at the construction company.
Another glaring fact is, it's already been established Lopes is GD a liar.
Lopes will split voluntarily, or be forced to by a court to split, with the money held in an account until trial.
Texas was one of the last ones to fall for it. Everyone mocked the “bible-thumpers” who didn’t want ‘state-sponsored gambling.’
Indeed, the people it taught the most to was the legislators who found a new cash cow they could milk.
These things are pretty trackable these days. I believe that caught a few scammers via security cameras.
These things are pretty trackable these days. I believe theyve caught a few scammers via security cameras.
Americo Lopes. Sounds Amish.
Following his extradition from Los Angeles to Boston, notorious mobster Whitey Bulger currently resides in solitary confinement. It may be hard to believe, but that man, also known as Public Enemy #1, was once a big winner in the Massachusetts state lottery.
The winning ticket was actually bought by a man named Michael Linskey. But Linskey had partners with whom he shared the winnings: his brother and two men from his south Boston neighborhood Whitey Bulger and Bulger's henchman, Kevin Weeks. The ticket was purchased at a south Boston liquor mart. And the store's owner? None other than Whitey Bulger.
You would think the NJ and Federal governments would have a vested interest in seeing the pool as owners. I would think that six people collecting $12.8 million each would pay more in taxes then one person w/ $77 million.
He probably has enough for a memorable funeral, also.
Ask the employees of Sargento Cheese about your statement.
I ran an office lottery for a while. I would always distribute copies of the tickets BEFORE the drawing. Never hit anything of importance.
Ah, one of those hyphenated guys.
If his co-workers don’t have copies of the ticket....Sianara....
Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered.