Lottery fine print

by Walter Olson on January 13, 2005

A judge has rejected a lawsuit by 94-year-old lottery winner Louise Outing of Everett, Mass., seeking to force the Massachusetts Lottery Commission to suspend its rule that lottery jackpots get paid out in installments over 20 years; she wanted it paid as a lump sum in view of her advanced age. The lottery’s executive director pointed out that the rule is printed on the back of all bet slips. A judge also noted that there are companies that will pay lottery winners a lump sum in exchange for the right to collect the twenty-year stream of payouts. (David Weber, “Judge nixes quick cash for elder lotto winner”, Boston Herald, Dec. 31; “Lottery winner, 94, loses in court”, AP/Boston Globe, Dec. 31; “Massachusetts Judge Denies Demand for Lump-Sum Lottery Prize Payment”, Dec. 30). The maxim Brian J. Noggle derives from the woman’s unsuccessful suit, in a post at his blog: “Rules are made to be litigated”. More lottery litigation: Mar. 26, 2004, May 20-21, 2002, and, a bit farther afield, Jun. 28, 2004.

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1 A Stitch in Haste 01.13.05 at 12:35 pm

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