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Another Lesson for Life: Buy Lottery Tickets Alone

19 May 2003

ACKENSACK, New Jersey – As reported by the New York Times: ``New Jersey has a new and nasty imbroglio on its hands over a multimillion-dollar lottery jackpot, replete with the same accusations of office-pool chicanery that swirled around a similar squabble a year ago.

``This time, 21 co-workers in a cardiology lab at Englewood Hospital have gone to court here, charging that a pool member who regularly bought their lottery tickets had cheated them out of a $25.9 million payoff in the multistate Mega Millions game by giving the winning ticket to a boyhood friend whom he called a cousin.

``They became suspicious, their lawsuit says, after the co-worker, Jamal Townes, gave them conflicting stories about the number of tickets he had bought in the drawing on March 14, and told them his cousin was buying him a BMW.

``…Nonsense, the old friend, Cornell Davis, said of both the lawsuit and the claim that he would buy Mr. Townes a new car. Mr. Davis, a cook, said that he and his wife, Teri, were the legitimate winners. He bitterly denounced the hospital workers and contended that while he and Mr. Townes were boyhood friends and now neighbors in Englewood, they were not related and had not spoken in months.

``…Today, a judge heard the conflicting arguments in New Jersey Superior Court here, and scheduled a nonjury trial for July 21 to try to resolve the matter…"

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