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article imageOffice Lottery Pool? You Better Include Everyone

By Nikki Weingartner     Jan 6, 2009 in Business
Claiming a breach of contract, four employees in Piqua, Ohio are suing 14 of their co-workers for failing to share lottery winnings. The four were absent on the day the winning ticket was purchased during an office lottery pool.
Story after story explains details of how a winning lottery ticket lands an unsuspecting winner in court only to be the victim of a frivolous lawsuit. In Piqua, Ohio four office workers have filed a lawsuit against the winners of a $207 million US lottery ticket. Why? Because they were not included in the office pool.
The four workers were said to be absent from work the day the winning lottery ticket was purchased.
The plaintiff's argument in the case, as explained by the Dayton Daily News was:
"Plaintiffs and defendants had an oral agreement whereby if any of the pooled tickets purchased resulted in a winning Mega Millions ticket then all parties would share equally in the proceeds of said winning ticket" and that they "were not included ... contrary to the office pooling oral agreement/informal partnership/joint venture, and were not permitted to join with defendants in making a claim for the proceeds."
Those filing the lawsuit allegedly had a verbal agreement that all participants who regularly joined in the office pool would split the winnings in the event of winning ticket. The slippery slope in this case seems to be that they are saying they put in money for a December 9th office lottery drawing and that some of the winnings from that drawing were used to purchase the December 12th winning Mega Millions $207 million US ticket.
In excess of expected lottery amount, the plaintiff's are also claiming "injury" and requesting punitive damages as well as other costs and attorney's fees. They are also seeking over $41 million in compensatory damages.
Oddly enough, the only defendants named in the suit were the 14 co-workers and not a 15th individual who is a retired individual who did not work with the others.
A case of simple unfair happenings or a true breach of contract? A court date has yet to be set.
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