Ohio man set to sue co-workers who won $99m

Ohio man set to sue co-workers who won $99m Ohio man set to sue co-workers who won $99m

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Edward Hairston, a logistics agent at an Ohio cabinet business is suing his 22 co-workers to receive what he claims is his share of a $99 million lottery prize.

Hairston claimed in a lawsuit that he participated in the office lottery pool for eight years with his colleagues before a back injury put him out of work for three months in June.

The group matched all six winning numbers on Aug. 5, when Mr Hairston was still out of work through injury.

His attorney, Howard Mishkind, told ABCNews.com there was an implied agreement that co-workers would cover for each other when they were out due to illness or vacation. Kerin Lyn Kaminski, the lawyer representing the 22 winners said, “The plaintiff didn’t play for three months and despite being invited to do so through email he chose not to put money in, therefore he can’t be a winner,” she said.

Edward Hairston’s lawyer, Howard Mishkind disputed the claim saying the email was sent to a company address which Hairston could not access from home.

A judge in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court ordered the Ohio Lottery Commission to set aside a portion of the jackpot in the event Hairston won his case. Kaminski said all parties agreed to the move in exchange for a swift resolution of the lawsuit, which will go to trial in December.

Disgruntled people suing their co-workers for lottery winnings do not have a good record of getting any money so the 22 winners have history on their side. They are confident that they will be able to claim the rest of their winnings after the trial in a few months.

source – ABCNews.com

Published: September 7, 2011

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