ELIZABETH - A jury has found that a former New Jersey construction worker must split more than $20 million in lottery winnings with five co-workers who sued him after he claimed he was the sole winner of the Mega Millions lottery jackpot.
The workers who filed the lawsuit say they and Americo Lopes were members of a weekly lottery pool. They said each person would contribute $2 and Lopes would buy the tickets. Lopes claimed he played the lottery by himself and as a member of the pool. He claimed the winning ticket in the November 2009 drawing was one he bought for himself.
The Union County jury today decided in favor of the five workers who will get $4 million each, after taxes.
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