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NJ Man claims $77 million lottery ticket is not the ticket he bought for a pool of five co-workers
upi ^ | March 7, 2012

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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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: americolopes; lawsuits; lottery; lotterylawsuit; lotterypools; lotto; megamillions; newjersey; powerball
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Well he has the money for defense.
1 posted on 03/07/2012 2:13:47 PM PST by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

His co-wokers learned the hard way...

Play stupid games - Win stupid prizes.


2 posted on 03/07/2012 2:18:16 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: SMGFan

Sorry....I think he wins. They need evidence and apparently they have none.


3 posted on 03/07/2012 2:18:20 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: SMGFan

Lotteries create nothing but losers.


4 posted on 03/07/2012 2:18:32 PM PST by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: SMGFan

now if the “partners” would present all their legal papers maybe things could be worked out.....????...where’d they go?


5 posted on 03/07/2012 2:18:40 PM PST by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: SMGFan

What an AH this guy is..

And he never had foot surgery...

Damn liar.

Distribute the money amongst the others, and give this guy nothing.


6 posted on 03/07/2012 2:20:02 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: sam_paine
Lotteries create nothing but losers.

Maybe, but I'd really like the chance to prove you wrong :)

7 posted on 03/07/2012 2:20:34 PM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: SMGFan

His co-workers may suggest he consider a lead injection as an alternative.....after all; it’s Joisee.


8 posted on 03/07/2012 2:20:43 PM PST by traditional1 (Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: SMGFan

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.


9 posted on 03/07/2012 2:21:45 PM PST by taxcontrol
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To: SMGFan
Not if it is tied up in litigation. $77 milion divided five ways is $15,400,000 each. I think I could live on that kind of money.

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.

10 posted on 03/07/2012 2:23:34 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: SMGFan

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.


11 posted on 03/07/2012 2:23:56 PM PST by newzjunkey (Santorum: 18-point loss, voted for Sotomayor, proposed $550M on top of $900M Amtrak budget...)
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To: Sacajaweau

No evidence?

Ya got 5 people willing to testify against one, and in fact it’s already been established, this guy is a liar.


12 posted on 03/07/2012 2:24:18 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: SMGFan

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.


13 posted on 03/07/2012 2:24:51 PM PST by Codeflier (Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama - 4 democrat presidents in a row and counting...)
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To: taxcontrol

right , if no real agreement can be proven, you always depend on honesty of the ticket buyer. Sure it seems fishy.


14 posted on 03/07/2012 2:25:53 PM PST by SMGFan
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To: taxcontrol

A lot depends on this pool’s common practice. It doesn’t change that he’s a liar.


15 posted on 03/07/2012 2:27:28 PM PST by newzjunkey (Santorum: 18-point loss, voted for Sotomayor, proposed $550M on top of $900M Amtrak budget...)
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To: newzjunkey
In court, plaintiff attorney Eric Kahn emphasized Lopes' alleged deception after the windfall, never having had surgery and continuing to collect off-season unemployment checks, customary in the industry.
16 posted on 03/07/2012 2:28:16 PM PST by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: SMGFan

Verbal agreements are legal contracts but without the co-workers having a copy of the purchased ticket(s) they are screwed.


17 posted on 03/07/2012 2:29:38 PM PST by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: taxcontrol

Eggs-zactly.

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.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Group-has-ticket-to-lottery-riches-3336691.php

Office pools can work. IF everyone has more than an ounce of brains. It sounds like this Jersey group screwed up.


18 posted on 03/07/2012 2:31:13 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: SMGFan

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)


19 posted on 03/07/2012 2:34:33 PM PST by jakerobins
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To: taxcontrol
I don’t think that they have much of a legal leg to stand on.

After this liar's claim of going to the foot doctor, he should be made to have no leg to stand on.

20 posted on 03/07/2012 2:38:17 PM PST by C210N
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To: dragnet2

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.


21 posted on 03/07/2012 2:38:36 PM PST by Above My Pay Grade
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To: Vigilanteman

Yeah I wish I had this headache.


22 posted on 03/07/2012 2:39:40 PM PST by boomop1 (term limits is the only way to save this country.)
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To: traditional1

Hey Joey don’t forget to stir the sauce.(Joey may be wrong name)Goodfellas


23 posted on 03/07/2012 2:42:27 PM PST by boomop1 (term limits is the only way to save this country.)
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To: boomop1

Now go home and get your shinebox.


24 posted on 03/07/2012 2:44:10 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: SMGFan

Dude’s thief but his “friends” don’t have much to stand on.


25 posted on 03/07/2012 2:44:53 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: SMGFan

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.


26 posted on 03/07/2012 2:46:57 PM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason...... to bring America back from the brink.)
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To: BfloGuy

I wouldn’t mind being on the losing end of some of that either:)


27 posted on 03/07/2012 2:48:46 PM PST by dforest
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To: traditional1

>> “His co-workers may suggest he consider a lead injection as an alternative.....after all; it’s Joisee.” <<

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Calcium carbonate footware for swimming is traditional for jerks like him.
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28 posted on 03/07/2012 2:50:17 PM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: Sacajaweau

Lottery Pools. Each person in the pool needs to ask for a copy of the ticket after it is purchased.


29 posted on 03/07/2012 2:52:13 PM PST by Bruinator ("For socialism is not merely the labour question, it is before all things an atheistic question")
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To: sodpoodle

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.


30 posted on 03/07/2012 2:52:17 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (The left are all fluked up!!)
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To: FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
without the co-workers having a copy of the purchased ticket(s) they are screwed.

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.

31 posted on 03/07/2012 2:54:30 PM PST by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: SMGFan

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.


32 posted on 03/07/2012 2:56:23 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (Smith & Wesson: The original point and click interface)
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To: Sacajaweau
Sorry....I think he wins. They need evidence and apparently they have none.

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.

33 posted on 03/07/2012 3:01:47 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (The only solution to this primary is a shoot out! Last person standing picks the candidate)
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To: Scoutmaster

I suppose it’s possible the ruling could go 75/25 where the guy sort of wins and the co-workers win..


34 posted on 03/07/2012 3:02:44 PM PST by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: sam_paine

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.


35 posted on 03/07/2012 3:05:20 PM PST by taterjay
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To: Above My Pay Grade
I’m sure you could find 5 people to testify to just about anything for $15 million each.

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.

36 posted on 03/07/2012 3:08:13 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: taterjay

I agree.

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.


37 posted on 03/07/2012 3:18:23 PM PST by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: Bruinator
They make it like the pool has been going on for years. I don't think it was even a month.

These things are pretty trackable these days. I believe that caught a few scammers via security cameras.

38 posted on 03/07/2012 3:19:37 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Bruinator
They make it like the pool has been going on for years. I don't think it was even a month.

These things are pretty trackable these days. I believe theyve caught a few scammers via security cameras.

39 posted on 03/07/2012 3:19:50 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: SMGFan

Americo Lopes. Sounds Amish.


40 posted on 03/07/2012 3:31:06 PM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: SMGFan
Sometimes the winnings get shared. Like it or not. Especially when you buy the winning ticket from a known killer, who knows you hit the lottery big time. -tom

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.

41 posted on 03/07/2012 3:34:51 PM PST by Capt. Tom
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LOL


42 posted on 03/07/2012 3:36:23 PM PST by boomop1 (term limits is the only way to save this country.)
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To: SMGFan
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.

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.

Regards,
GtG

43 posted on 03/07/2012 3:38:14 PM PST by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: ought-six

Spanish American


44 posted on 03/07/2012 3:39:55 PM PST by Osage Orange (Why do we eat Soylindra Green?)
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To: SMGFan
"Well he has the money for defense."

He probably has enough for a memorable funeral, also.

45 posted on 03/07/2012 3:46:44 PM PST by matthew fuller (A patriotic American would be ASHAMED to have 5 non-veteran adult sons.)
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To: sam_paine

Ask the employees of Sargento Cheese about your statement.


46 posted on 03/07/2012 3:49:58 PM PST by matthew fuller (A patriotic American would be ASHAMED to have 5 non-veteran adult sons.)
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To: taxcontrol

I ran an office lottery for a while. I would always distribute copies of the tickets BEFORE the drawing. Never hit anything of importance.


47 posted on 03/07/2012 3:52:36 PM PST by matthew fuller (A patriotic American would be ASHAMED to have 5 non-veteran adult sons.)
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To: Osage Orange

Ah, one of those hyphenated guys.


48 posted on 03/07/2012 3:53:48 PM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: SMGFan

If his co-workers don’t have copies of the ticket....Sianara....


49 posted on 03/07/2012 4:01:35 PM PST by geege
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To: Codeflier

Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered.


50 posted on 03/07/2012 4:06:35 PM PST by X-spurt (Its time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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