Hoosier Hairstylists Settle Jackpot Dispute

Aug. 22, 2013 – A group of Indiana hairstylists have settled a dispute over a $9.5 million jackpot win out of court, according to an indystar.com report Thursday.

Seven co-workers at Lou’s Creative Styles in Lawrence, Ind., sued one member of their long-time lottery pool, Christina Shaw, for a share of a $9.5 million jackpot she said she won on a ticket she purchased for herself.

Shaw said she used the group’s money to purchase two sets of quick pick tickets for the Hoosier Lotto at two separate locations.  The first ticket had 27 number combinations, purchased with $20 from the group and $7 from a previous win they’d put back in the pool.

At the same location, she says she purchased a ticket with four sets of numbers, two quick picks and two sets based on the ages and birthdays of family members – “personal” numbers.  One of the two sets of quick picks on the ticket matched the winning numbers for the Feb. 16 Lotto drawing: 5, 8, 17, 21, 23, and 33.

According to her seven co-workers, there is a well-established rule for the lottery pool that whoever is responsible for buying the tickets cannot purchase a personal ticket at the same time or location.

The group never drafted a formal contract, and Shaw has said in court documents she was unaware of the rule.

According to indystar.com, court documents showed that Shaw regularly bought personal tickets along with the group’s tickets, when it was her turn to spend the pooled money.  She also said the co-workers always played quick-picks.

After Shaw and her former co-workers reached a settlement deal this morning, Mary Day-Brugh, one of the group who sued Shaw for a share of the winnings, said they were “glad to get it put behind us.”

“We are all happy with the outcome and just wish it could have been settled in a nicer way,” Day-Brugh said.

She told the Indy Star that she and her co-workers could “probably” quit their jobs, but didn’t expect any of the seven to do so.

“We enjoy what we do,” she said, adding, “I might go to Disney World.”

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Written by Matt Isaacs

Matt is the Editorial Manager for the LotteryHUB News Team. Matt graduated from Rutgers University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies in May 2013