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OFFICE POOL LOTTERY LAWSUIT

Tonight’s Powerball drawing Is worth over $110 million and if your office is thinking about doing office pool too hopefully win the jackpot you’ll wanna pay attention to this story.

3 bakery workings in Chicago claim they're owed their fair share of $118 million in winnings from the Illinois State Lottery on May 4th.

They say they were part of a betting pool at the Pita Pan Old World Bakery in Chicago Heights.

The 3 employee’s attorney says here’s what happened. Jose and Marco, two of the three claimants, that a group in the office had been running a pool since 2011. Normally, they collected money for the pool on Mondays and Thursdays.

The collector came around again, but because some auditing was going on at the bakery, he switched the day of his collection to a Wednesday. For whatever reason, the collector didn’t ask Jose and Marco for any additional money.

Now Jose and Marco say their co-workers are refusing to give them their fair share.

Here’s what happened:

The group won a previous Powerball drawing and the ticket was worth $9 in winnings.

The group agreed and the modest winnings of $9 were re-invested in the drawing for May 4.

That ticket that the contributors bought won $118 million on May 4.

They paid into the ticket that won $9. And, since the $9 went into the purchase of the next ticket, they had an ownership stake in the $118 million winner.

The pool, they contend, had a standing agreement to divide its winnings equally. They say that if they'd been asked to contribute their customary share for the purchase of the winning ticket, they would have. Only nobody asked them for their money.

A third claimant, did not want to discuss the suit and had instructed his lawyers not to comment. His complaint tells virtually the same story.

The law, according the Jose and Marco’s lawyer, views betting pools as joint ventures: "It's one-for-all and all-for-one. Everybody gets an equal share. There's no way of knowing which dollar won."

Courts in New Jersey and Ohio, he says, when presented with similar disputes, have elected to give equal shares to each participant.

A spokesman for the Illinois Lottery, Mike Lang, says the winners have not yet come forward with their winning ticket, nor has the Lottery disbursed any of $118 million. Where there's a dispute over who's owed what, he says, the lottery's policy is to wait until the dispute has been resolved to make a payout.

  • I THINK THESE 2 HAVE A GREAT CASE. IF I WERE ON THE JURY I WOULD HAVE TO AGREE THAT THEY DESERVE THE MONEY!