Ind. Hairstylists Fight For Share Of $9.5 Million Lottery Prize

Seven hairstylists who are fighting for a share of a $9.5 million lottery prize bought by a co-worker at an Indianapolis salon testified Wednesday that they had all agreed to share any winnings from tickets purchased at the same time as those for an office pool. Marion County Judge Heather Welch said she will decide by Friday whether to freeze the jackpot until the dispute over the ticket is settled.

Hairstylist Christina Shaw has maintained that the winning ticket in the Feb. 16 Hoosier Lotto drawing was one she bought for herself, not one of the tickets she purchased for the group. But the other hairstylists testified that Shaw bought the ticket at the same time and place she bought those for the pool -- something they said they had all agreed not to do.

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Lucy Lewis Johnston, who owns Lou's Creative Styles, said buying a personal ticket with pool tickets would make it impossible "to determine which was whose ticket." Hairstylist Linda Sue Stewart said that's why they had all agreed that any such tickets "were all considered part of the pool." A parade of current and former salon employees all testified to the agreement and said all of the women who played the lottery -- including Shaw -- knew the rules.

Shaw did not attend the hearing, and her attorney didn't take part. Wednesday's hearing dealt solely with whether the $9.5 million payout should be frozen until the court can determine to whom the winning ticket actually belongs. Welch issued a temporary restraining order last week barring the Hoosier Lottery Commission from awarding the prize money to Shaw for 10 days.

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The lottery commission isn't opposing the proposed injunction.

Bryan Corbin, a spokesman for the Indiana Attorney General's Office, which represents the commission, said the agency "takes no position on the preliminary injunction or on the merits of the dispute between the stylists. The commission's only interest is in paying the proper claimant. The ticket-ownership decision is solely up to the court to determine, not the commission, which does not have the authority to decide ownership." A lottery spokesman didn't immediately return a phone call from The Associated Press seeking comment.

The women filed into the elevator outside the courtroom without talking to reporters. Attorney Scott Montross, who represents the hairstylists fighting for a share of the prize, told reporters after the hourlong hearing that his clients were more hurt than angry. "They're disappointed that it came to this," Montross said. "They're much more disappointed than they are angry."



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PAT

oh boy money can do it to great friends. I have watched people I loved go at it over money. What a shame, I bet when the dollar settles, they will make her share....I wish she would just take her cash, and move away. She sure doesn't have to work any longer..

March 01 2013 at 12:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JCH79021111

Money, The Root To All Evil...

March 01 2013 at 12:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
quebholder

Simple solution to the groups that purchase lottery tickets. Copy every ticket purchased and give each player a print out.

March 01 2013 at 11:53 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
dd1820

what a bunch of WENCHES.....screw'em give it to the homeless..............

March 01 2013 at 11:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
brennemanbelkin

Greed is such an unpleasant quality.

March 01 2013 at 11:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Boowahbabe

Greedy b--ch.

March 01 2013 at 10:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
turtlerlp

Is the attorney's fees going to end up being 4.25 million dollars? The stylists will be lucky if they each get $250,000 and that is before taxes.

March 01 2013 at 10:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
usapaydirt

This lady done lost her mind.... When your playing in a Lotto pool this would be a major No,No , buy the pool tickets then buy a couple of the same game that you assume you won't have to share with anybody. I'd sue the heck out of her take my cut, then disassociate myself from her Greedy ass...........

March 01 2013 at 8:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ron

So who has the ticket ? possesion is 9/10 of the law !

March 01 2013 at 8:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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gblank1603

That's really not true at all

March 01 2013 at 8:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
beaulieunicko

i agree, but you watch the court will make the wrong decision. if there is no written contract then she gets to keep it and lesson learned by the others. but it wont work out that way because our society thinks everything should be fair. look at little league teams who get trophies for losing.

March 01 2013 at 9:12 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Bob

I would almost agree with you, but there are just too many witnesses in this case. You don't always need a written contract. The Judge will rule to split it among all of them. They had an agreement and she violated it. Now if it was purchased at a different location and she could prove that, different story.

March 01 2013 at 9:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down
Frank

Another case where the lawyers will be the winners. In our office pools, copies of the tickets are given to each participant so there are no questions as to what tikets are in play for the pool.

March 01 2013 at 7:32 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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twoldwacs

I buy tickets with two others and I have them sign the tickets, but, we play the same numbers each week.

March 01 2013 at 9:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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