Jury: Lottery winner must pay ex-boyfriend part of winnings

larry3100's avatar - larry icon2.jpg

It's another " He said, she said " case. There's got to be a law in state lotteries that would not allow oral agreements. If Howard had signed that winning ticket with Lynn at the time of that lottery ticket purchase, there would be no lawsuit and Lynn would have had to share the winnings with Howard.

OneTrickpony's avatar - rocking horse.jpg

Oh great.  Now anyone who even THINKS that they  have an oral agreement with a lottery winner will be suing for half of their winnings.  Like these jerk store employees who constantly say to everyone buying tickets "Now if you win, you are splitting this with me, right?"  This woman must have an idiot for an attorney, as it isn't even mentioned that this jerk won a brand new car and didn't sell it and split to proceeds with HER.  I don't understand how they can award him $291k, and then his lawyer has the cojones to say they want the interest too?!  Only in Florida...

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This isn't good.  People will show up out of no where and say hey 15 years ago we had an agreement to split the winnings!

If it's not in writing, it's not valid.  Anyone can claim they made an agreement.   I also used to get comments like that too. People would see or hear I play and say omg you'll remember your best friend right! 

They get disappointed when I explain that no I won't be sharing it.   I've had clerks make comments hey you gonna share that?  To which I say no. People are always taken a back but hey its crap like this that makes me very curt on this. 

Want to win?  Buy your own ticket.  So glad my state is anonymous


That is why it pays to play SOLO.

Even if you in a relationship with someone,  under NO circumstances should you bring up the topic of " join me in a lottery pool for two" unless you dead certain that this person is the one you want to spend the rest of your life with.If you don't share a checking account with your gf/ bf at present- there is " No us" when it comes to money,  especially lottery wins. This woman got screwed by this jury.


Not the way I hoped this case would turn out. 

This opens the door for all kinds of these "he said she said" or what have you   And turning this matter over to a jury likely jealous of the winner and wanting to punish them- well look at how well this turned out for this gal 

Definately play solo. No "oral agreements". Heck don't even tell

people you play lest you get into this mess.  Frivolous lawsuits are a real

problem. Too bad in this case the frivolous person won.

In response to sookie

That's correct. Oral agreements mean diddly squat.  I'm annoyed but I'm not surprised by this jury.  Total case of "jackpot envy". Oh she won so she MUST share.  What nonsense.  That was her ticket not his.  And dollars to

donuts this fella is a total mooch anyways and that is part of the reason why they broke up.  He didn't share his winnings with her.  Moron jurors.

In response to OneTrickpony

I totally agree but I can't believe I am

about to defend an attorney but the

blame truly lies with the idiot jurors... Likely a case of "jackpot" envy.  And the poorer jurors wamted

to punish the winner.  I'm just saying.   I don't entirely trust the "jury of your peers"

concept either since people have biases and prejudices that can't always be ascertained and most people of a lower socioeconomic status would have a bias or a dislike against rich people ( especially those who won money). I'm not saying that judges are much better just pointing out that these biases exist and that is why people need to be so careful.

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I believe at one point they did have an agreement to split, maybe when the romance was young. but over the years of one person buying all the tickets, and the other mooching free rent, although with  house repairs as  a sort of payment, I can see why the split wouldnt seem fair. no idea where the truth lies in this. some where in the middle i would guess.  personally as juror, i would have awarded $20k on the off chance the moocher  had any real validity in his claim.
I bet if you asked the store clerks who do they recall seeing buying  tickets, non  would point at him.

TheMeatman2005's avatar - lightening

So...they had a verbal agreement to split any proceeds from a lottery win. Probably they did, when the romance was young. But, now that they split up, do they have to have an end of verbal agreement?

You know like....Remember we had that agreement to split any lottery or other wins....well now that we're splitting up, that agreement is over too! 

savagegoose's avatar - ProfilePho

well meat man, it is prob a good idea to mention it. i mean  verbal agreements do seem to have a standing in court now.

TheMeatman2005's avatar - lightening
In response to savagegoose

I guess so

This may sound funny, but I would suggest that anytime you make an oral agreement, take the time to put it down in writing and get all interested parties to sign it,

It no longer becomes an oral agreement, but at least it won't be he said / she said.

travelintrucker's avatar - morph

Was the ticket bough while they were together or after the split?

TheMeatman2005's avatar - lightening
In response to travelintrucker

He was still living in her home, but she was engaged to another man and he was seeing a 7-eleven clerk.

travelintrucker's avatar - morph

I doubt any jury in their right mind would award money to a person whom came out of the woodwork after 15 years and said we had a verbal agreement. That's got shake down written all over it. However, in this case, I think the chick was lying. Why would you get a lottery tax document sent to your "former" address if you moved out years prior to the win. Sounds fishy to me. I address I stay at is different from the address on my CDL. I make sure that all my important mail comes to my living address.

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