Jul 10, 2004, 3:34 am
Post office colleagues of a man who won $175,000 in the Mega Millions lottery drawing say they were cheated out of a share of the prize.
For nearly four years, 20 co-workers in suburban Olmsted Falls, Ohio chipped in $5 a week to buy lottery tickets. The group says they hit on five of six numbers drawn June 25.
However, Stephen Kyle of Amherst said he had bought the winning ticket on his own. The $100 he spent on tickets for the lottery club, Kyle said, yielded a single $2 winner.
"I told them the truth, but apparently some of them didn't believe me," Kyle, 51, said Friday after hearing that he had been sued in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.
"There's no way in the world I'd cheat those guys. They're all my friends. Now it seems that some of them are and some of them aren't," he said.
The club members said they became suspicions after Kyle failed to provide photocopies of tickets he bought for them.
Seven club members sued Kyle on Thursday for their share of the money they claim is theirs, plus damages as compensation for causing anxiety, emotional distress, embarrassment and inconvenience.
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