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December 15, 2005

A medical lab technician in Orange County, California, says seven of his co-workers owe him about $22 million.

In a lawsuit filed last month, Jonathan De La Cruz says that he deserves to share a $315-million Mega Millions jackpot that the co-workers won in November, the Los Angeles Times reports.

He alleges that he was part of a group of Kaiser Permanente employees who regularly pooled their money to purchase lottery tickets, but he had a day off from work on the Saturday when they purchased the winning ticket, the newspaper reports.

Cruz contends he is still entitled to share the money because, he says, the group had an oral agreement to include all members whenever they purchased tickets as a group.

The co-workers dispute Cruz's version of events, saying that there was no arrangement for the group to purchase tickets together regularly, the newspaper reports.

Since the group chose the lump-sum payment, each of the seven co-workers will receive about $25 million before taxes.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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