$9.5 million lottery battle? It almost sounds like a reality show, but in reality, a $9.5 million lottery jackpot is being fought over by a group of hairstylists. According to a report from Thursday (Feb. 28), women who work at Lou’s Creative Styles in Lawrence routinely pool their money to buy lottery tickets. When the winning numbers came up on Feb. 16, everyone in the group thought they had just hit the big time.
The problem that arose is that the woman who bought the ticket said she did so with her own money and that it was a separate ticket she bought for the group. Her claim is that she has become the lottery winner and that none of her co-workers get to share in the jackpot. The other hairstylists made the obvious move of hiring an attorney and the battle has begun.
The group is claiming that there was a rule in the group that the person in charge of buying the ticket for the week was not allowed to also buy a personal ticket. If that was the rule of the office pool, then this woman broke it, but it might be tough to prove that in court. A judge has agreed to put a temporary order in place to keep the woman from claiming all the money herself, but that will run out on Friday (March 1).
This $9.5 million lottery battle doesn't seem like one that will be settled quickly unless the woman who has the winning ticket is willing to split up the jackpot. It will certainly be interesting to see what a judge decides in this particular case, because it could likely affect other similar cases in the future.
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