Co-worker to pay 5 NJ men millions in lottery suit

Plantiffs Carlos Fernandes, right, Candido Silva Jr. shake hands after the jury ruled that Americo Lopes must pay them, his coworkers, $20 million from his $24 million lottery winnings in Elizabeth, NJ, on Wednesday, March 14, 2012. The men worked at a construction company in Elizabeth and began a lottery pool in 2007. Americo Lopes claimed the winning numbers for the Nov. 10, 2009 jackpot were on a personal ticket and not the ticket that he had bought for the pool. The eight-member jury disagreed. (AP Photo/The Star-Ledger, Frances Micklow, Pool)

March 14, 2012 5:08:48 PM PDT
Five construction workers who claimed a colleague cheated them out of their share of a multimillion-dollar lottery jackpot have been awarded $4 million each by a New Jersey jury, their lawyer said.