$40M Australian Powerball jackpot dispute continues

October 19, 2016 9:53 AM
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An Australian lawsuit continues in which a factory worker claims he was part of a syndicate that won $40 million (AUD). His workmates say he was not part of the group and is not entitled to part of the windfall.

The win is being contested in the New South Wales Supreme Court where Brendan King, is suing the 14 winners for what he claims is his rightful share of the prize.

King, a 43-year-old father-of-five, was a regular contributor to a group buying lottery tickets and believed he was part of the winning syndicate only to find out the day after the May 4th draw that he wasn’t included, even though all the other regulars had been.

He argues that he believed there was only one lottery syndicate operating and all its members would be automatically entered into drawings unless they opted out.

The ticket buyer for the group says he didn’t have the chance to ask King about the Powerball drawing and a different group, outside the usual syndicate, was formed for the $40 million jackpot. Instead, King was given cash from a drawing the other syndicate had won in which his share was just $13.70.

The court is trying to determine if other syndicates for lottery drawings were operating at the factory and how and when members paid their share. The court has previously heard it was not common practice for syndicate members to have to pay before the drawing. King said that if the group hadn’t won the jackpot he would have been expected to pay for the losing ticket.

The syndicate’s ticket buyer told the court he was sorry he didn’t include King but he didn’t think of him when he was putting the new syndicate together.

King says he has a right to be considered the 15th member of the $40- million winning syndicate because, as far as he knew, there was only one group entering lottery drawings in the factory and members had to opt out of the syndicate if they didn’t want to be included. Members of the syndicate that King says he did not know existed argue King had not paid the extra $50 to be part of this other group of buyers.

The $2.7 million being claimed by King remains frozen by the courts pending the outcome of the case.