Monday, April 02, 2012

Mega Millions Winner Keeping Money For Herself - Not Sharing With Group


A woman says that although she and her co-workers at a McDonald's restaurant pooled their money to buy Mega Millions tickets, the ticket which actually turned out to be a winner was not from the pooled money but was from money she used separately from the group and plans on keeping the estimated $105M all to herself. See, this is where it gets tricky when you buy lottery tickets with your co-workers or friends. The woman, who has 7 children says she has hidden the ticket but will present it to lottery officials today. She says that she bought at least three tickets that were separate from the ones she bought with her co-workers. There are supposedly 15 people in the pool which means that if the $105M was divided among everyone then each person would get about $7M. That is a ton of money for anyone, let alone someone making $7.50 an hour. Do you believe the woman? Did she buy tickets separately? There will probably be a big lawsuit over the money and she won't be able to touch it for awhile.

89 comments:

Vicki Cupper said...

She better get used to years of spit and shit in her food.

Anon853 said...

Yea some guy just got sued for the same thing recently... he had to give everyone in the pool their fair share.

If she REALLY wanted to make money she would capitalize off of her son's death... oh wait that's Trayvon Martin's parents... they are so sad he's gone they are cashing in on it... wonderful parents I say.

Anonymous said...

She can't prove that she bought it solely with her money. Her co-workers can't prove she use their money to buy the ticket. It's all hearsay. However, the co-workers may be able to use a good faith defense. I'm not sure how that would work.

Her story is sketchy at best. If she could afford to buy her own tickets, why be part of a lottery pool?

She's going to get sued out the yin-yang. She would have been better off just splitting the money. By the time the lawsuits are done, there may not be much left to enjoy.

Pookie said...

this is going to come back and bite her on the butt.

now, i'm not up on lottery algorithms and sequences...but might there not be a way to research and confirm that the particular winning ticket, and her other personal two, may have indeed been bought--or not--separately from the group batch? surely it can be identified by some sort of number sequence/time stamp/somethin', no?

Cathy said...

@Anon853 - most people enjoy coming here to escape the evils going on in this world... maybe you could take your agenda elsewhere?

Amy in MI said...

I bought the 30 tickets with our pooled money from work and sent pics of the tickets to everyone involved so they had the numbers. I stopped again later. Friday night and bought. $5 of my own and won 150. I did buy lunch the next day so it worked out

annabella said...

Anon 853 I think that you must have gotten lost on the way to the nypost comment section. we don't usually see nasty political comments among the rest here.

whoever you may be, you seem like you are not just angry, but bitter and misguided.

their son was murdered in cold blood. I know that is a heady concept for you with your grade school education and all. but, try to have some compassion. say hi to everyone else in the trailer park!

BradyHarden said...

Interesting that it's always the people holding the tickets for the office/work pools in these situations that end up winning. Coincidence? Probably not

I just don't get it. How hard is it for these people to make copies of the bloody tickets and hand out sheets so there is no question of who bought what when.

If this woman is trying to cheat her fellow workers out of seven million each she is the worst kind of person and hopefully karma will bite her firmly in the ass.

bits of moxy said...

Lottery tickets are time/date stamped, so if she bought it seperately (meaning at a different time) she would have a leg to stand on. But will still be the shittest co-worker of the year.

Daveb said...

Amy beat me to it. You need to copy any group tickets and distribute BEFORE the draw. Otherwise it will be impossible to prove you didn't co-mingle tickets and you will lose the inevitable lawsuit.

Anonymous poster said...

Agree that political agendas and other slurs belong elsewhere, especially when they are from someone who seems to have JUST created a blogger profile.

Rants & Raves on Craigslist are that way ---->

MISCH said...

She's a fool, in the end she will have to share. Only the lawyers will make money.

Anonymous said...

There is a law firm that specializes in lottery pools.

Those lawyers advise that people do not buy separate lotto tickets for themselves when they are a part of a pool.

Anon853 said...

@annabella

You tell me you don't see "nasty" political comments here. What I stated was merely a fact. The parents of said teenager have trademarked his name and many other sayings that include his name.

You then use ad hominim and imply I live in a trailer park and only have a grade school education. Hypocrite much???

BTW "in cold blood" implies that he was murdered for no reason. Check the actual facts of the case before you lose touch with reality altogether.

Rose said...

Jeez, some people are greedy shits. She isn't going to be able to prove it, and there is plenty of money to go around. Now she is going to be hated by everyone she knows.

Anon853 said...

Well said ANONYMOUS POSTER with a blocked profile.

sifichick said...

I hope she has a receipt for those extra 3 tickets. The tickets & receipt would both have the time stamp on them. That's the only way I see her getting to keep the full $100mil.

If she's lying I hope karma works it's magic and she get this bad juju right back at her. I would hope she's telling the truth but when it comes to money people do horrible things.

Anon853 said...

Wait, wait. You come to a celebrity gossip site chock-full of cheating, rape, and other ungodly rumors to escape the evils of this world???

I'm truly sorry for ruining your day.

Dementia said...

Anon853 - hypocrite is a noun not a verb. Grade school might have been a gross over-estimation.

Tara Green said...

Tickets for groups show the numbers and dates, and each member of the group gets a copy, so she should be in the clear. If she bought the tickets for the group and kept the tickets without showing the numbers to the group, then yes, she'll get sued and should be.

Seachica said...

Please, let's not let this turn into a political thread of any sort. CDAN is a great community because we do not make political statements or attack other posters. Let's keep it that way. There are tons of other boards where you can talk about Trayvon all you like.

Now onto the lottery...this is why I don't join lottery pools. Once money gets involved, people can turn nasty. No thanks. I'd rather have less of a chance of winning but no headaches from people fighting over the money. I hope for her sake that she bought the group tickets at another location or a separate time. Otherwise, she will get about $1M if she's lucky after she splits it and pays off everyone's legal bills.

selenakyle said...

WTF is up with Blogger? POS is asking for my cell number. Like hell!

Char said...

I used to be in a lottery pool at work and the woman organizing it always got us to all sign or initial all the tickets that were part of the pool. When there was a big draw we all usually bought our own as well. I think that's pretty common, people will often buy more tickets than usual when a big draw comes up, and I don't think it's a big deal, as long as you have a good system for identifying which tickets are which.

mngddess said...

What you are supposed to do to cover your ass is make copies of all the lottery tickets that were purchased from the pool money, and distribute them. Then, if you want to buy extra tickets for yourself, you can purchase them at a separate time or day.

hunter said...

Hello Anon853 - new to the blog?

Thought so because the rest of us are commenting about lottery tickets and generally pretty civil. Maybe Gawker is more your style, please visit here:

http://gawker.com/trayvon-martin/

selenakyle said...

Dang it, now my whole "real" comment is gone. Blogger sucks.

But...hope y'all are all having a good Monday :)

Mine is being typical SN,AFU over here...

Was trying to say...I will never buy a lotto ticket with anyone other than Hubby.

This is what happens. Typical greed which will lead to really bad karma!

We'll read about this biotch in 20 years on a show about lottery winners who are now destitute.

Amber said...

@Anon853, your Trayvon Martin comment was totally out of left field. I think the issue here is that this is a website based on the entertainment business - whether the posts be happy/sad/otherwise. While the Trayvon Martin case is incredibly sad and a total injustice, your post may have been better received on some sort of news blog.

Amy said...

And she will lose. There have been lawsuits like this before.

Anon853 said...

LOL .... U mad!!!

Excuse me, sorry. I am amused so much with your response to my previous post that I am literally cachinnating. I also presume you are chafed.

Grammar on the internet is serious business!

If you can't understand what was implied with my post, please don't respond. You make yourself look stupid.

MontanaMarriott said...

This is why when pooling tickets one needs to make copies of said ticket and hand them out to all parties involved so that did does not occur again.

Anon853 said...

All I did was state a fact then my opinion on said fact. I was then attacked. I attacked no one in the CDaN community. Although I appreciate your civility on the subject.

Anon853 said...

Agreed. However I like to pose such opinions on random sites to see the reaction of the community. Whether it be a primal instinct to immediately attack me (as some people here have), or to maintain structure and politely dismiss the subject; as you have. It lets users better grasp the aura of the community they are participating in.

Anonymous said...

In my office, the man that takes care of the lottery pool scans everything and sends us the numbers. He's crazy organized. When the draw is high, I buy my own tickets separately. The reason I play at the office is because I don't want to be the only person here on Monday.

I mentioned it in the last post on this lottery but did anyone see The Office when the entire warehouse staff won the lottery and quit but Darryl no longer played so still had to go to work? They need warehouse staff so they have an open call for candidates and while trying to have an information session, Darryl is having an emotional breakdown and Andy has no idea what to do. So funny.

Adventurous Kate said...

All: kindly don't feed the troll.

Anonymous said...

That's how we roll here, Anon853, civil and respectful of other posters. We don't just come on here to cause a disturbance. And mostly we like to talk about gossip and celebrities, not rehash the tragic and yes, cold blooded, killing of Trayvon Martin.

I actually think the internet SHOULD pay more attention to grammar and spelling. Yes, I'm a grammar nazi. The internet is a form of communication, and we should attempt to communicate as clearly as possible.

That said, this woman is pulling a fast one with her "separate" lottery ticket. Since $7 million should be enough to take care of anyone for the rest of their lives, she probably should just go on and split it and try to keep her friends.

Cathy said...

"However I like to pose such opinions on random sites to see the reaction of the community."

Pretty sure that's the definition of a troll...

Anon853 said...

They all won playing his birthday LOL!!! Great episode.

deree said...

What a bitch! Still more money than most ever see in their lives with the split. She needs to give each of them a million anyway. It would change their lives forever just as hers has been changed. If they decide to sue she won't get any money for awhile. Better wise up lady!

uberbaldy said...

Wow. So much wrong with this today. I'll start with the actual topic of this post before dive bombing into my own political agenda like some assholes, I mean anonymous posters.

As for this story it's pretty much BS. I work in Maryland and that's the talk of the day around here. First, assuming she did in fact when she will definitely be sued and it will be hard to prove she bought this seperately. However, in her defense the story is that the store manager gave her $5 to buy more tickets for the pool on Friday night. The winning ticket was sold singularly and was a quick pick, NOT as part of a group of 5.The Maryland Lottery KNOWS THIS FOR CERTAIN. Doesn't make sense to spend $5 to buy 5 $1 tickets individually when you could just buy 5 tickets all at once.

Also they've already looked at the footage and it was assumed that an older black man seemed to be the purchaser of the winning ticket. They know what store it was bought at and what time so they checked the security tapes. That's all assumption though and could be wrong.

Finally when asked if she had the ticket the lady said SHE LOST IT! Also, that some of the numbers LOOKED familiar. This lady has no idea if she won for sure.

Ok, one last thing. The first people she told about winning was her Co-workers! Maryland you can claim anonymously. She had no reason to tell anyone. She's an idiot no matter if she won or not but I'm betting she is completely mistaken about the numbers and didn't win anything. At the least she won't have that money for long.

As for Anon 853, I'm curious by what "Facts of the case" you are referring?
Do you mean the fact that the man with the gun was told by the 911 dispatcher to NOT FOLLOW Trayvon Martin?
or perhaps the fact that video evidence shows no sign that Zimmerman was assaulted by Trayvon Martin?
Or even the fact that while his parents have trademarked his name they have not made ANY money off of his name?
Possibly the fact that multiple voice analyst experts have concluded that the shouts for help on the 911 recording are not Zimmerman's?
Are you possibly referring to the Florida law allowing for one to not be charged with a death in defense of their own home, which Zimmerman is claiming is the reason for his innocence? Despite the fact that even the lawmaker who created the bill meant for it to be used in the event of a home invasion and NOT in the case of an armed man with a history of beating his girlfriends and fighting with police stalking a teenage boy through a neighborhood where the teenagers relatives lived?

I'm just curious about your facts is all?

EmEyeKay said...

I agree - karma's a bitch, and she better have some kind of proof that she bought them separately, or she's going to have one hell of a time.

Seven million - 105 million - it's so much money, I'd be happy with a fraction of that. Money makes you greedy, I guess.

Pookie said...

pbi: why are you guys allowing some newb poster to hijack the thread? #whyyougottafeedthetroll?

Anon853 said...

Well said Cathy! Glad to see you are escaping the evils of this world by coming here to read rumors about other peoples lives.

BTW I'm not a troll, just a firm believer in the constitution of the United States of America. Also the bill of rights. Especially the first, second, fourth, and seventh ammendments.

califblondy said...

After watching numerous news shows about the big win this past weekend, I heard about one group that has bylaws. I think they've won a couple of times now and everything is legit. Those in the group are not to purchase tickets outside of the group so there's no conflict like we have here.

It's easy to paint this woman as a greedy bitch, but she may have very well purchased tickets outside of her group. But, how hard would it be to divide the winnings with co-workers? The curse of the lottery is going to hit her hard if she doesn't.

Comma Chaser said...

Some miscellaneous advice on lotto winnings.

(1) Never do lotto groups. It's like that scene in The Hunger Games, where the (I think they're called) tributes are standing in front of all of the supplies, and half of them are slaughtered five minutes later. You think 12 or 8 people will agree on the same principles when a pile of money is dumped between them? No - prison rules will go into effect, and it's happened at least twice in the past several years.

(2) Buy the lotto ticket using a debit card if possible, make sure you get a receipt, and save the receipt. The receipt will be the winner's insurance for the ticket. It will ward off any jackholes who attempt to claim they paid you to buy them a ticket, pooled funds, et cetera. The burden will then be on the opportunist who will try to get their share.

(3) Buy the ticket as soon as possible from the previous drawing. As in 8 a.m. on Wednesday after a Tuesday night drawing. Combined with (2), it will refute any stories of collective participation.

This woman committed the simple error of trying to cash in when everyone else was watching. Thankfully she didn't; I like the idea of a group of McDonald's ee's winning a portion of the lotto. I imagine this will get sorted out fairly.

Patty said...

In Ohio a group of workers at the Kraft Made cabinet factory hit a big jackpot. They had an ongoing pool. One employee was on a leave for a few months and didn't contribute. He sued, saying that the pool would cover other workers on leave and didn't with him. The winners said that the other employees asked to continue to be a part of it and he didn't. Can't remember if they settled or if there was an official ruling, but in the end the guy who was on leave got his share and he didn't even contribute. Good luck Mrs Ronald McDonald! You'll need it.

hunter said...

@uberbaldy -- you raise a lot of good points about the Maryland case, the one here in NY was not so cut & dried and the guy had to share.

I'm skipping the Trayvon Martin Troll but yeah those are pretty much the facts.

I wish Enty's message board worked! Then we could have a one-stop shop freeforall.

weezy said...

Unless the pool participants requested specific #'s, if she only ordered quick-picks when she bought for the group -- then IMO she's out of luck, per the case just decided in NJ (the guy here had to share the money with his co-workers.)

Dementia said...

amendments, not ammendments. i don't have time to continually correct you - you're on your own now.

bah bye

djphob said...

She's an idiot. I've watched enough of those lottery shows to know that it's not uncommon for people to be willing to kill you to get a piece. I wouldn't start by pissing off a big group.

Jolene Jolene said...

Everyone needs to ignore this anon ahole. Stupid people are not worth trying to rationalize with. Move on.

Anon853 said...

911 dispatchers have no authority to tell anyone to do anything. Including "don't follow".
- following someone is not a crime, its not even lawfully considered an aggressive act.
- stand your ground law is ANYWHERE in the state, not just in ones home. (Upheld in Florida courts, Google "Jorge saavedra")
-EMTa were on scene and treated Zimmerman before he was escorted to the police station
- eye witnesses put trayvon on top of Zimmerman beating him
- trayvon was found face down with 1 wound to chest, implicating him on top of Zimmerman.
- Zimmerman's back was wet with grass stains on back of clothing, putting him on bottom
- shell casing was still lodged in the gun, meaning that soemone was holding the slide of the firearm, meaning there was a struggle for it.

MEANWHILE IN MISSOURI A 13 YEAR OLD WHITE CHILD IS BURNED ALIVE IN FRONT OF HIS HOUSE BY TWO BLACK MEN WHO SAY "THIS IS WHAT YOU DESERVE WHITEY" AND NO MEDIA OUTLET PICKS IT UP EXCEPT THE LOCAL NEWSPAPER.

http://polipundit.com/?p=36406

dia papaya said...

We do not like your aura! Go back to Gawker. This is a happy making fun time site.

Anon853 said...

LOL... srs busssines

Anon853 said...

More ad homenim... I thought CDaN was better than this.

MontanaMarriott said...

Aww, Thanks for clarifying uberbaldy

yodelay said...

Yeah, if she didn't provide everyone with the pool's #s, she'll be spending a lot of that cash on lawyers!

Sarah said...

Troll.

Sarah said...

Troll.

Anon853 said...

I'm sure Hayden P is happy about this site.

Maja. With a J. said...

OMG.

It's RDJ.


****

We have a Lotto pool at work, and the lady that handles it for us scans the tickets and emails them out to us so we know exactly what numbers we paid for. I know she buys her own ticket on the side, and so do I when the jackpot is really high.

yodelay said...

Agreed, don't feed the troll.

sifichick said...

If you ignore the troll it will eventually get bored and go away. Just my 2 cents.

The Bitch Next Door said...

When my work group pooled our weekly $$$$ to buy LOTTO tix everyone was given xerox copies of tix, which included all of our names, so there were no probs. The most we ever won was $5500 & we never had a prob.

Sue Ellen Mishkey said...

I just want to know how much the winners will have to give up in tax, or does it differ from state to state?

Anon853 said...

Feds automatically get 25% of all lottery winnings over 5 grand. States tax the rest differently

Amy said...
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Mother Campfire said...

Kids, I know this is really difficult to do but STOP FEEDING THE TROLLS. They eventually tire their little hearts out and go back to where they came from.

(which I bet is actually from Yahoo comments - have you read that stuff? Whew! they hit the crazy sauce pretty hard there.)

Sue Ellen Mishkey said...

25% plus is crazy talk. If I lived in the USA I wouldn't want to win the lottery.

MadLyb said...

@Anon853 - guess what? You know NOTHING about what the Martin's are going through. If they trademarked their son's name, that is their right and it was likely upon the advice of their lawyers. I'm sure they'd rather have their son alive.

I think you ended up here by mistake. Here ya go:
http://www.freerepublic.com

Betty K said...

@Hunter - do you know why the message board doesn't work? I have no facility with blogger - can't keep track of posts, can't figure out the date stamps to see if the last post was today or awhile ago...

How do other people keep track of what happens here?

I have been reading Lipstick Alley too lately and like the content but the icons and gifs and the format kill me.

jax said...

uh....didn't they use the same numbers every week? they weren't drawn, end of story.

Me said...

there was just a lawsuit like this, and the guy ended up sharing w/ his coworkers. unless she gave copies of the tickets to her coworkers; she's sharing. n wouldn't you all share any way? seriously, how much money do you need?

auntliddy said...

Shes greedy! 7 million, if handled properly, is enough for anyone. Share the wealth!! And why is the winning ticket always the one person bought just for them????!!!!

Steph said...

There's a special kind of hell for greedy douches like her. Gods, even dropping a mil each on her coworkers will still leave her set for life.

ugh.

MISCH said...

The tickets were probably quick picks % wise these win the most...
But she should have photo copied the tickets and given everyone a copy...wanna bet she didn't do it...

Amy in MI said...

Just to correct your inaccurate information, 911 dispatches do have the right to ask you not to follow someone so you are not in harms way. It's for your safety. If they dont heed your advice well that's their own problem. Colorado has the make my day law and whe people would call up and ask us what they were allowed to do, we would say you have a right to protect yourself, family and property. We could NoT give specific answers.

Yes I am a former 911 dispather

rll said...

Hate to admit it, but there's a point there, somewurrrr

what is eight past six? said...

@Betty K - on Lipstick Alley, you can change your settings to hide all images if you like. Still doesn't help the layout, but at least my computer doesn't lose its mind trying to load all those images, funny as some of them are.

Blogger's comments section is extremely unintuitive and you have to check the date of the post and then manually track the hours under each comment to figure out the day they have been made. I think this is the reason why most posts' comments pretty much die out only a few hours after the post has been made. It's just easier to move on to the next post here. (hell these comments are probably dead now, but I'm responding anyway) I don't know what happened to the message board - it was started and died long before I started posting here - but I do wish Ent or someone on his behalf would set up a simple forum board somewhere.

jgirl828 said...

if you're in charge of a lottery pool, by law, you have to inform the other pool members that you will be purchasing your own tickers [with your own money], aside from the pool.

If she didn't do this, she has no case....get ready to pay up!

what is eight past six? said...

@Patty (9:36 am) - I was actually just reading an article last week on cases like these, and often it is a situation where one employee got left out and sues. Most of the time that individual employee ends up losing - despite it obviously being unfair, the law only runs off verifiable evidence, and often these individuals cannot prove that they should have been included.

I remember the Kraft Maid case being an exception though for three reasons. First of all, he was on sick leave for three months with a back injury. So he had no way of going to the office to contribute his share himself. Second, the co-workers claimed they invited him to keep participating, but he pointed out that the only way they had contacted him was by sending a message to his WORK e-mail - which he was unable to access from home. And apparently, no one bothered to call the poor guy (I'm sure his sick leave was paid and he wouldn't have minded them deducting $1 from that just to put in the pool). Third, as you mentioned, the office had a history of covering for other employees who had been absent from work before. He himself had chipped in a dollar of his own money to cover for others. So naturally, he expected the same to be done for him.

The dumbest part of it all? A few people did the division and had those employees included him in the first place, they would have gone from getting approximately 4.5 million each to...4.3 million each. They were squabbling over a mere 200,000 dollars! Proof of how blind greed really is.

The Flower Girl said...

shes lying........

redronnie said...

Gosh..if I had a million dollars I'd buy you all a green dress, but that would be cruel..

Anon853 said...

I never said they didn't have the right to ask I stated they don't have the authority to make you do anything... two totally different things.

Snowstorms said...

Uberbaldy, thanks for the local updates on this possible nutcase claiming to have the ticket. I look forward to hearing what happens tomorrow.

And thanks for the Zimmerman news, found that tonight...hopefully justice will be dealt...

Lelaina Pierce said...

Time will tell. I don't think she's even produced the supposed winning ticket yet?

kinda said...

Anon853...I agree with you the media has this screwed story in every direction... Very unethical.

uberbaldy said...
"Wow. So much wrong with this today. I'll start with the actual topic of this post before dive bombing into my own political agenda like some assholes, I mean anonymous posters."

To: uberbaldy....

You should think more of yourself than you obviously do it's a shame you call yourself an asshole. While your at get your facts straight about Zimmerman not being injured enhanced police video in the news today does in fact show signs he was injured and bloodied i.e.
attacked... Current headline...

"George Zimmerman Video Shows Injury to Back of His Head"
"By MATT GUTMAN | Good Morning America – 17 hours ago"
"The never-before-seen evidence of an injury to Zimmerman, in this case a gash or mark to his head, would appear to back his claim that he shot Martin in self defense after he was attacked by Martin on the night of Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla Zimmerman, 28, claims Martin, 17, punched him in the nose, knocked him down and repeatedly slammed his head into the ground. The police surveillance video, first obtained exclusively by ABC News last month and clarified by Forensic Protection, Inc., "

Oh and "uberbaldy" in case your unable to figure it out everyone on this blog is anonymous...including you.....duh...

Tango said...

I hate to give this chick any attention, this could be some huge April Fool's. Or, just some idiot wanting attention. If she is the true winner, she's a huge idiot for blabbing it to the world without having claimed it at the lottery office.
Anyone could buy for a pool and not buy five sequential tickets.
She could have asked for six Quick Picks and kept one for herself. Who's to say she didn't "keep" the 2nd one, the 3rd one, the 4th one, etc. If she does have a winning ticket it sounds like she'll be in a big fight with the McD's workers no matter what.
Hope the workers learned a lesson too. Even if no one can get away to make copies, they should've written down all the ball numbers, ticket numbers, and then signed each copy.

ms_goddess said...

Redronnie - depends on the shade of green. I look smashing in olive! :-)

jaariel said...

K-A-R-M-A
She should split the money.

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