Seven hairstylists fighting for a share of a $9.5 million lottery prize won by their former co-worker at an Indianapolis salon will see their case go to trial in September, a judge said Monday.
Marion Superior Judge Heather Welch set the trial date for Sept. 10 for the lawsuit pitting ticketholder Christina Shaw against seven former co-workers at Lou's Creative Styles, The Indianapolis Star reported ( http://indy.st/16319g3).
Welch issued a preliminary injunction in March barring the Hoosier Lottery from paying the jackpot from a Feb. 16 Hoosier Lottery drawing until the case has been resolved.
The seven plaintiffs claim everyone in the group agreed to share any winnings from tickets purchased at the same time as those for the office pool. A court document states Shaw knew the rules because they were regularly discussed in the salon.
Shaw, who no longer works at the salon, contends in court filings that no one there ever told her that the person buying tickets for the group could not purchase personal tickets at the same location.
She argues in court documents that the winning ticket for the Feb. 16 drawing was purchased at 2:28 p.m. that day at an Indianapolis convenience store. It was among four sets of numbers, including numbers that Shaw regularly played based on the birthdays and ages of her children and grandchildren. Two sets of numbers on that ticket, including the jackpot winner, were computer-generated quick picks.
Shaw's filing includes copies of other tickets, including one purchased at 2:26 p.m. at the same store that included 27 sets of quick-pick numbers. She claims those were purchased with $20 from the pool's money and $7 in winnings from a previous drawing. Later that day, Shaw purchased another $20 in computer-generated quick picks with the group's money at another store, she said.
Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com