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Two employees of a Chicago Heights, Illinois, bakery are suing co-workers over a $118 million Mega Millions jackpot, alleging they were unfairly left out of the winnings.

Jose Franco and Marco Medina were regular participants in a lottery pool with co-workers at the bakery for about a year, according to the suit.

The group won $9 during a drawing on May 1, and there was an understanding that the money would be used to purchase more tickets for a May 4 drawing, the suit said. Some employees kicked in additional money, but Franco and Medina say they weren't asked to contribute.

The group won the grand prize that day, but an attorney for Franco and Medina said the two were cut out because they did not contribute additional money.

The suit said the group collects money every Monday and Thursday for Mega Millions drawings. That week, the money was instead collected on Wednesday, and Franco and Medina were not notified. Attorney Erron Fisher argued they were still involved in the pool because of the $9 rolled in from the May 1 drawing, which Franco and Medina paid toward.

"Our clients got in on the rollover to buy the tickets," Fisher said. "Lo and behold, they pulled the winning ticket but afterward, our clients were told 'no.' "

The suit, filed Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court, names 11 people who split the Mega Millions winnings. Fisher said all work in the bakery for Pita Pan, which makes Greek pitas, pocket bread and flatbread.

A woman who answered the phone Wednesday at Pita Pan declined to comment.

The suit asked lottery officials to hold off on dispersing the winnings pending a court ruling on the lawsuit.

Fisher said he believes there are three additional Pita Pan employees with similar claims who are seeking lawyers.

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Why does this happen every time that someone wins the lotto? Can I sue my co-workers if they win the lotto and I did not put money towards it? That's seems to be what the general complaint is, hell it even possible that the two workers were not even working the day that they did all this...

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Why does this happen every time that someone wins the lotto? Can I sue my co-workers if they win the lotto and I did not put money towards it? That's seems to be what the general complaint is, hell it even possible that the two workers were not even working the day that they did all this...

Greed. If the other works would share a few of the millions, there wouldn't be a problem.

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Why does this happen every time that someone wins the lotto? Can I sue my co-workers if they win the lotto and I did not put money towards it? That's seems to be what the general complaint is, hell it even possible that the two workers were not even working the day that they did all this...

But in this case, it seems they DID put money towards it (the money they would have got from the $9 that was won the first time around).

Now, other people put more in, but the two that are suing did contribute, so they should get something (the fact they did not put in anymore money should be taken into account when it is decided how much money they get though).

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Did they contribute any cash in the pot? No.

Therefore their money did not win anything.

In gambling, either you're in or you're out.

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Did they contribute any cash in the pot? No.

If I'm reading it they did in the form of contributing towards the earlier $9 in winnings? Part of that $9 would've been theirs and it all went back in.

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Work out the % they put back into the fund from the $9 split, then work out the % the ones who put in extra added, then split the winnings the same way

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. . .pass the cheese and . . . :laugh:

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I say, sword fight to the Death ! Last one standing, takes ALL ... :woot:

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Did they contribute any cash in the pot? No.

Therefore their money did not win anything.

In gambling, either you're in or you're out.

As I said above, yes they did put money in (their share of the $9 that was initially won).

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This is a good example of why to never go in on a lottery pot with people. There will always be that person who is looking to screw you out of your share on something stupid like this. I hope these people do win the case and get their fair share.

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Tough call here but it looks like their tough luck.

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Nope sorry. If they had a hand in contributing, then they have a hand in taking some of the winnings.

Greed IS at play - the greed of the winners. (N)

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