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Hairstylists in court over lotto ticket

This news story was published on March 1, 2013.
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INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 28 (UPI) — A group of hairstylists appeared in an Indianapolis court over a $9.5 million lottery ticket they say their co-worker is trying to keep for herself.

In Marion Superior Court, seven stylists — all of whom work at Lou’s Creative Styles salon in Indianapolis — said they collectively bought the ticket, WISH-TV, Indianapolis, reported Wednesday.

However, an eighth stylist, Christina Shaw, who currently holds the winning ticket, said it was a personal ticket.

“Well, the judge will rule on our request for a preliminary injunction which would freeze the proceeds of the ticket,” said the plaintiff’s attorney Scott Montross. “If we can’t figure this out amongst us, then we’d file a complaint against Miss Shaw and proceed in this courtroom.”

There are 10 witnesses in the case — seven stylists who say they were cheated and three others, who weren’t part of the winning ticket pool, but had worked at Lou’s at one time. All said they always bought quick picks.

The plaintiffs also testified that all of those in the lotto pool agreed that personal tickets could not be purchased at the same store as the group tickets and if that happened, the personal ticket would become part of the group.

Everyone knew the rules, even Shaw, the plaintiffs said.

Shaw did not appear in court.

“We feel as though our position is pretty reasonable. And I hope they feel it’s pretty reasonable too. I’m not sure that will be the case,” says Montross.

Judge Heather Welch said she would issue a ruling in the matter by Friday.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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