ELIZABETH - Construction workers in Elizabeth are suing a former colleague over a lottery ticket.

The construction workers say that they used to regularly give their former coworker Americo Lopes $2 each to buy group lottery tickets. In November 2009, Lopes left the job. His former coworkers were under the impression that he hurt his foot. It turns out he had a winning ticket for the $77 million Mega Millions jackpot.

Lopes claims the winning ticket was a separate one he bought for himself, not one of the shared tickets.

The lottery commission says whoever is in possession of the signed ticket is the rightful owner, but there are recommendations for group play, including obtaining copies of tickets.

New Jersey Lottery: Guidelines For Participating In Office Pools