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Jury rules Elizabeth man cheated his 5 co-workers out of a $38.5M jackpot from a lottery pool
Star Ledger ^ | March 14, 2012 | By Julia Terruso

Posted on 03/14/2012 12:49:15 PM PDT by SMGFan

Five men walked out of the Union County courthouse $4 million richer this morning. A Union County jury ruled that Americo Lopes, 52, cheated his five coworkers and lottery pool members out of a $38.5 million jackpot. The eight-member jury was unanimous in its decision that the November 10, 2009 lottery was won on a pool ticket and not a personal ticket, as Lopes had claimed. The former Elizabeth construction worker testified that he bought 12 tickets — including the jackpot winner that day — solely for himself, even though he typically played in a lottery pool with the five men who each paid for two tickets.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: lottery
And their lawyer hit the lottery as well.
1 posted on 03/14/2012 12:49:21 PM PDT by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

spreadin’ da wealth aroun’....


2 posted on 03/14/2012 12:52:11 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: SMGFan

Back when I worked at a place that had a lottery pool, we’d buy the tickets then photocopy them and give everyone a copy.


3 posted on 03/14/2012 12:57:34 PM PDT by cryptical (The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.)
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To: SMGFan
I tried to explain to others here last week that Lopes had already been established a liar, and lied because he had a motive to do so.

Some of the "experts" here, disagreed with me, alleging I don't know the law.

4 posted on 03/14/2012 1:00:40 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: cryptical

In before the “lottery is a tax on the math challenged” posts.


5 posted on 03/14/2012 1:05:52 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: Above My Pay Grade; Sacajaweau; BobL; Rebelbase

I hate to tell ya’all, but I told ya this would happen!


6 posted on 03/14/2012 1:06:16 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: cryptical

That’s what we do in our office.


7 posted on 03/14/2012 1:07:34 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (Jim "Firebrand" Robinson endorses Newt...with EPIC call to action!!)
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To: SMGFan

Sounds like he’s got a bright future in the Democratic Party.


8 posted on 03/14/2012 1:09:10 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: cryptical

Wasn’t there a story about a woman winning a few million dollars and then filing for divorce without telling her soon-to-be-ex-hubby about the ticket. When it came up at their divorce, the hubby was awarded the entire amount since she lied about it. This is what should have happened to this Portugese liar. He should have had all the money confiscated and given to his coworkers.
All of it.
Then ship his a$$ back to Portugal. We have enough dishonest people here.


9 posted on 03/14/2012 1:11:53 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: cryptical

We have upgraded technology, scanned and emailed, but everyone sees them before the drawing.


10 posted on 03/14/2012 1:11:53 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: don-o

You can always guarantee the following:

On any lottery thread, someone will post “The lottery is a tax on the math challenged.”

On any sports thread, someone will post “Bread and Circuses.”

On any McDonald’s thread (it can be about families helped by the Ronald McDonald House), someone will post “McDonald’s food is inedible.”

Guaranteed.


11 posted on 03/14/2012 1:14:05 PM PDT by Larry Lucido (My doctor told me to curtail my Walpoling activities.)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

Yes. This happened in Texas a few years back. The woman’s husband was in the hospital recovering from a heart attack at the time the winning ticket was drawn. The woman filed for divorce immediately, before he was released from the hospital. She kept the winning ticket secret until the quick divorce was final, then took it for collection. Her ex quickly figured out that they were married at the time the ticket was purchased and sued for half (Texas is a community property state) of the winnings. The judge was so annoyed at the ex-wife’s criminal behavior that he awarded the whole thing to the ex-husband.


12 posted on 03/14/2012 1:23:17 PM PDT by RightWingConspirator (Obamanation--the most corrupt regime since Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe)
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To: cryptical

We did something similar. The lady who ran the pool would draft a memo with all the ticket numbers and send a copy to each player before the drawing.


13 posted on 03/14/2012 1:36:59 PM PDT by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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To: SMGFan

In the old days we would not have had to waste the court’s time. The five co-workers would have addressed the problem, and his share would have gone to his next of kin.


14 posted on 03/14/2012 1:49:51 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SMGFan

The article says the winner took a lump sum payment. Did he pay taxes on just the lump sum? Do each of the plaintiffs have to pay these taxes again - if and when they can collect?


15 posted on 03/14/2012 1:51:22 PM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: don-o

A lottery ticket is a few dollar’s worth of hope to some...


16 posted on 03/14/2012 2:05:17 PM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: Cowgirl of Justice
This is what should have happened to this Portugese liar. He should have had all the money confiscated and given to his coworkers.

Pretty much what happened. He took the all cash NOW! option, which means he only collected about 20 Mill.

17 posted on 03/14/2012 2:20:24 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Paparazzi mob senior citizen mistaking her for Lindsay Lohan (True Story))
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

A lottery ticket is a few dollar’s worth of hope to some...

Very much like a vote for Obama, a pittance of hope
for all and Obama the only winner.


18 posted on 03/14/2012 2:24:55 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: SMGFan
The eight-member jury was unanimous in its decision that the November 10, 2009 lottery was won on a pool ticket and not a personal ticket, as Lopes had claimed.

If the money has been held back by the State, until the case was decided, the winners are OK.

It took 2 yrs and 4 months to get this to court. If he collected in a lump sum early on, and laundered the money; the winners could win the case but not get much out of it.- Tom

19 posted on 03/14/2012 2:35:10 PM PDT by Capt. Tom
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To: Larry Lucido

You forgot the Police bashers....guaranteed.


20 posted on 03/14/2012 3:46:28 PM PDT by QT3.14 (Life is not a Dress Rehearsal - it is Showtime!!)
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To: SMGFan

Bump


21 posted on 03/14/2012 4:21:34 PM PDT by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: Larry Lucido

The curious thing is, the person posting those quips has probably just left the drive-thru with a Big Mac and is in a hurry to get their Powerball ticket so they can make it home in time for the Monday night game...


22 posted on 03/14/2012 4:27:56 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: QT3.14

Oh, exactly!

“Officer saves 5 babies and six puppies from burning house!”

“What, he didn’t shoot the puppies?”


23 posted on 03/14/2012 5:14:50 PM PDT by Larry Lucido (My doctor told me to curtail my Walpoling activities.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

I’m trying to figure out what kind of bread to serve at a circus.


24 posted on 03/14/2012 5:16:47 PM PDT by Larry Lucido (My doctor told me to curtail my Walpoling activities.)
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To: Larry Lucido

25 posted on 03/14/2012 5:20:30 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Larry Lucido

4. On most any thread at all, someone will bring up abortion.


26 posted on 03/14/2012 5:57:55 PM PDT by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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To: Larry Lucido

4. On most any thread at all, someone will bring up abortion.


27 posted on 03/14/2012 5:57:55 PM PDT by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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To: SMGFan
Obviously not these guys:


28 posted on 03/14/2012 6:03:56 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: dragnet2

“I hate to tell ya’all, but I told ya this would happen!”

Luck. Oh well, I still would have liked for the crook to win the case. Anything that discourages people from playing the lottery is good by me.


29 posted on 03/15/2012 4:48:12 AM PDT by BobL (I don't care about his past - Santorum will BRING THE FIGHT to Obama)
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To: BobL
I hate to tell ya’all, but I told ya this would happen!

Luck.

Luck had nothing to do with my comments.

As I tried to explain to you and a couple others, it had already been established the "winner" was a liar, and he had good reason to lie, evade and deceive.

Lets just say he had a rather large motive to do so Bob.

This should have been clear to all.

30 posted on 03/15/2012 9:15:12 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: cryptical

Back when I worked at a place that had a lottery pool, we’d buy the tickets then photocopy them and give everyone a copy.

That's what the guy who runs the lottery pool does where I work.He gives us a copy of the numbers with our names and how much we throw in. Some people in the pool throw in double to get 2 shares.

31 posted on 03/23/2012 11:14:30 PM PDT by dancusa (You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity, by legislating the wealth out of prosperity.)
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