Ohio Man Sues for Part of $99 Million Jackpot Won by Co-Workers

A northeast Ohio man has reportedly filed a lawsuit claiming he's entitled to a share of a $99 million jackpot won by his co-workers last month.

Edward Hairston, 39, of Youngstown, filed a lawsuit in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court when his colleagues at a Kraftmaid store hit the jackpot Aug. 5 after purchasing the winning tickets at a gas station, Fox 8 reports. 

Hairston, who took part in the office lottery pool for eight years, reportedly stopped paying into it when he missed work in June, July and August due to a back injury, according to the station.

Customers interviewed at the Speedway station in Jefferson, where the ticket was purchased, say they do not believe Hairston should be entitled to a portion of the money.

"You've got to pay to play, and if he was part of the group at one time, he was part of the group while he was playing, and to win the lottery, you have to pay in to reap the rewards, so unfortunately, I think he missed out," Jeff Smith told the station.

Judge Eileen T. Gallagher, meanwhile, ordered the Lottery Commission last week to set aside a share of the lottery jackpot in case Hairston wins his case, Fox 8 reports.

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