Does this baker (and the others suing) have any claim to the winnings?
[h=1]Mega Millions Jackpot Brings Another Lawsuit From Disgruntled Baker[/h]
I think they do because the money that was won the prior week, and they contributed to, was put back into the pool of money used to buy the winning ticket.
None of the other stuff matters to me, about how they weren't asked to participate the week of May 4th and all that. I would be mad and annoyed if there was a winning ticket and i was not contacted to donate my share, but i wouldn't think it appropriate to try to claim any of the winnings.
But the fact that the winning ticket from last week, was used for the next week, i think that's more significant. Part of that 9 dollars was theirs and that 9 dollars was used to help buy the winning ticket.
Not sure if it can actually play out legally like that. But for their sake, i hope it can.
What I think is pretty gross is that there's 12 guys who would walk away with over $9M before taxes. With the 17 guys they'd still get close to $7M before taxes, and to nuke your friendships and destroy what's left of your working relationships and jobs just seems so petty. Money brings out the worst in a lot of people.
I don't know, i've heard some pretty nightmare-ish stories about people who have won the lottery and people coming out of the woodwork claiming they have a stake in your new found pile of cash. I think a lot of people are professionally advised to not simply concede to a person claims so quickly or easily because there is going to be another guy right in line behind him. For every time you say "ok" you make it that much harder to say "no" the next time.
I think its smart to make sure there is a legal justification for these claims.
Does all seem very ugly, but it is what it is.
I completely agree. These guys could have legit claims, but they also could be those 'long lost relative' sorts. Just depressing how money makes people go bananas.
I'm not sure about this newest guy who didn't contribute to the pool since March 30th, but I do think the others mentioned in the story should get a share of the winnings for three reasons. They say they have regularly contributed to the pool every week since December 2011 so it makes no sense that they would *not* want to contribute this one week. More importantly, since the winnings from the week before, to which they contributed, was used to buy tickets the winning week I think they absolutely have a claim to it. They can't all make do with $7 million each and keep on friendly terms instead of $9 million each and lose how much of that to lawyers for the fight?
If the lawyers took the new claims on a contingency fee basis then those guys can kiss a couple million goodbye, on top of the taxes.
There was a guy in Ontario (I think) a few weeks ago who won $30 million-ish because a gas store clerk talked him into buying a ticket, which he rarely ever does. I hope he gives couple million. Tax free money, after all.
All the owners of the winning $9 ticket should get at least a proportionate share of the winnings.