Court Rules Man Cheated Co-workers out of Lotto Jackpot
The lotto jackpot in question was worth thirty-eight point five million dollars when Americo Lopes claimed he had bought the winning ticket back in 2009. There was no question that he had bought the lotto ticket but what was in question was the fact did he use his own money or was it bought with the company pool’s money. Since 2007, Americo Lopes and his co-workers at a construction company in New Jersey had been taking part in a lottery pool.When it showed that a ticket that Americo Lopes had bought was the winning ticket he tried to tell his co-workers that he had bought the winning ticket with his own money and not theirs. On Wednesday, after a unanimous decision by the jury, he has been order to pay each of the co-workers two million dollars, pre-taxed. Americo Lopes claims that he has been robbed. There were five co-workers who contributed to the lottery pool.
Even though he claimed he had been “robbed” things could have been much worse. He could have lost up to twenty million dollars after-tax winnings of the lump sum of twenty-four million dollars. The co-workers had all testified that on the day he purchased the ticket they had all given him money to get lottery tickets.