Jury Rules NJ Man Cheated Co-workers Out of $38.5M Lottery Jackpot

Jury finds that Americo Lopes made off with the winning ticket himself after they all contributed to the pool

Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012  |  Updated 12:08 PM EDT
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Jury: NJ Man Cheated Co-workers Out of $38.5M Jackpot

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A jury in New Jersey has found that a man cheated five co-workers out of their share of a $38.5 million lottery jackpot.

The men worked at a construction company in Elizabeth and began a lottery pool in 2007.

Americo Lopes claimed the winning numbers for the Nov. 10, 2009, jackpot were on a personal ticket and not the ticket that he had bought for the pool. The jury on Wednesday disagreed.

The Star-Ledger of Newark reports that Lopes left court saying in Portuguese that he had been robbed.

The newspaper reports that a construction worker not involved in the lawsuit testified that the men gave Lopes money for the pool on the day of the winning drawing.

It's not clear how much money the men will get.
 

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