PORTLAND, Maine -- Co-workers of a winner of the $294.8 million Powerball jackpot have filed a lawsuit seeking to claim a share of the winnings, saying the ticket was part of an office pool.
In the suit, four people who worked with lottery winner Pat Wales at Lincoln Financial Group in Portland said 19 members of the pool kicked in $10 apiece to share 190 Powerball tickets.
The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, had asked that at least $8.6 million of the winnings be frozen. But Justice Nancy Mills rejected that request. Based on an affidavit filed by one of the co-workers, Mills wrote that she did not believe the workers can produce enough evidence to win their suit.
Altogether, four winning tickets to the jackpot were sold around the country before Saturday's drawing in the multistate lottery. One of those tickets was turned by Pat Wales and her husband, Erwin, of Buxton, Maine.
Each winning ticket is worth $73.7 million, or one-quarter of the third-biggest jackpot in U.S. lottery history.
The Waleses' lawyer, Terrence Garmey, insisted the winning ticket belongs to the couple, offering as proof sales records from the store where the ticket was bought.
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