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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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.
Do they have any evidence that the winning ticket was part of the pool? If they do, they have a good case. If not, they should not win in court. It is common for lottery pool participants to buy personal tickets as well.
I think he's an Americon.
The first link title = “Lawsuit over $315 million lottery jackpot goes to trial”.The second link title = “Lawyer in $315 million lottery lawsuits ordered to pay fine”.
I was driving and thinking a little bit ago about work. Americans have been a working society even as Europe and Co. has descended over the years. My thought is that biblically work is a virtue. It can become a god like anything else, but it is a virtue when practiced wisely. Thus, the people we see today, lottery winners on food stamps because it is a ‘right’ see no virtue in work. Don’t be surprised by this woman because I know a 20 year old boy/man we took care of 3 years ago that would be the very same way. Way too much rambling but now I feel better. Contraception, work, doing things right have all been heavy on the mind lately and I thank God for the burden. We have so much to teach that has been lost in the past 50 years.
See my tagline.
We have so much to teach that we have GIVEN AWAY these past 50 years.
I can't think of a situation where that would be that case. The jury will determine from a preponderance of the evidence whether the ticket was part of the office pool tickets. They won't have the option of deciding some kind of split - but the plaintiff and defendants could settle on a split.
Settlements often happen just before the case goes to the jury.
Sorry Charlie; put me on that jury and he'll see serious jail time. For fraud and/or serious fiduciary abuse. Unless...
before the drawing he clearly identified, "this is the group ticket..." and "This is my personal ticket."
Anything other than that is a con game.
It’s called a bearer bond. The person in possession of it is the ONLY person who has a legal claim to the winnings. He can split it with the others, if he chooses to.