Jury: NJ man must split lotto jackpot with co-workers

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March 14, 2012 7:39:34 AM PDT
A jury in New Jersey on Wednesday found a man had 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 eight-member jury disagreed.

Lopes walked out of court saying in Portuguese that he was robbed.

One of his co-workers told the newspaper he had to buy a present for his granddaughter, who was born yesterday.

The New York Post reports the men will each get about $4 million after taxes.

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