Greedy lottery winner must pay out cash he kept
21 July 2006, BARCELONA — A man was ordered by a judge on Friday to hand over a EUR 6 million lottery jackpot win to 18 other members of a syndicate.
21 July 2006
BARCELONA — A man was ordered by a judge on Friday to hand over a EUR 6 million lottery jackpot win to 18 other members of a syndicate.
Antonio Lloreda Capillo originally refused to share out the money, claiming there was no agreement between the other members of the foundry syndicate.
But after three years of legal wrangles, he lost out after a judge in Barcelona ruled the winnings should have been shared out.
Lloreda was found guilty of misappropriating the money that should have been split between members of the club.
Lloreda won the lottery in November, 2003, with an ONCE lottery ticket he had obtained from a co-worker at the Sintermetal firm in Ripollet, near Barcelona.
Former co-workers said they joined the syndicate seven years earlier and the group of 18 members bought a ticket each week.
They told the court they had an unwritten understanding that if any won, they would share the cash.
But when Lloreda struck the jackpot, he took all the money, the co-workers said.
Despite the lack of a written contract between the members, the judge ruled in their favour.
Lloreda must pay the money he owed plus interest accumulated over three years.
He also got a suspended three-month sentence.
The other workers, four of whom are unemployed, are to get EUR 300,000 each.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news