Jury: Lottery winner must pay ex-boyfriend part of winnings

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Jurors say a central Florida woman who won a $1 million lottery jackpot must pay $291,000 to her former boyfriend, who claims he gave her the money to buy the ticket.

The Orlando Sentinel (http://goo.gl/Jh4fh9 ) reports that the Seminole County jury reached its decision Thursday after deliberating for more than three hours.

The ex-boyfriend, 62-year-old Howard Browning, had claimed that he and his former girlfriend, 62-year-old Lynn Poirier, had an agreement to split any lottery winnings evenly.

Poirier denied making any such deal.

She claimed the prize in 2007; Browning sued her a few months later. Jurors ruled that the couple had a binding contract and Poirier had broken it.

Browning's attorney says his client should be awarded an additional amount for interest over the years.


Information from: Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com/