Inconsistent Lottery Syndicate Agreements Leading to Fireworks in Court rather than for Celebration
Sylvia Evans, a lottery syndicate member from Brandon, Suffolk, had recently purchased a lottery ticket that won her an impressive amount of more than 100,000 pounds.
Mrs. Evans and her husband, however, are being sued by her fellow lottery syndicate members based in Thetford, Norfolk, who claim their share to the winnings which allegedly belong to the syndicate.
The Actual Story
The syndicate members state that Mrs. Evans entered the lottery syndicate at a birthday party where she had agreed that she’d buy 19 Lucky Dip tickets for the following Saturday night National Lottery draw.
Upon winning a smaller amount, the other syndicate members claim that Mrs. Evans agreed to buy another round of tickets for the following draw and that the winning ticket that started all the commotion was one of these.
Mrs. Evans did indeed win more than 105,000 pounds at the following draw, however, she claims that she had never agreed to buy more tickets and that the winning ticket was one that she had bought with her own money as she does on a regular basis.
What Are the Claims?
events such as this and keep syndicate members from acting unprofessionally can ruin years of hope and hard work.
Even though there are many stories of success and generosity revolving around syndicate lottery winnings such as this one, it seems that in some cases, higher stakes can influence rational decision to the point that people may indeed lose their heads.
Unfortunately, in Louisa’s case, since the 10 syndicate members have not issued an official statement to comment in any way on their decision or on Louisa’s right to the money, and while a written agreement did not exist to determine what would happen in events such as this one, there might not be much for her to do but hope that future circumstances may favour her in the future as she plans to sue her former co-workers.
A spokesman for Mrs. Evans and her husband claim that there were no discussions about whether or not the initial winnings should be used to buy other tickets and that Mrs. Evans never used them at all.
Nevertheless, the 17 members of the syndicate, represented by Moira Marshall and Shula Fuller are prepared to go to court in order to claim a total of about 8,000 pounds per member.
Is Legal Action a Valid Approach in Such Cases?
While some may consider legal action to be the right choice in cases such as this, there is a considerable number of people who would argue that lottery syndicates should create a clear list of rules from the beginning which is acknowledged – somewhat like a contract – by all of its members and which could be used to solve disputes such as those between Mrs. Evans and the Norfolk lottery syndicate.
A spokesman for Camelot, the well-known lottery organizer, has stressed upon this issue after hearing about the case, and publications across the country have presented similar cases in the past two years which involve dozens of lottery syndicate winnings that have “gone bad” after members were unable to agree about how they should split the winnings.
Literally thousands of lottery syndicates across the UK continue to try their luck by buying National Lottery tickets each week, and this is only a case of what improper syndicate agreements can lead to.
Courtesy of Dan