Colorado man split $4.8M jackpot with brothers who rigged game, wants full amount: report
The Colorado Court of Appeals, pictured, will hear a case on Tuesday from a man who claims he is owed the full winning amount of a 2004 Colorado Lotto Jackpot.
A man who split a winning $4.8 million Colorado Lotto jackpot with two brothers who were eventually convicted of rigging the numbers says he is owed the full amount because he had played the game fairly.
Amir Massihzadeh, of Boulder, Colo., received $568,990 after splitting the prize money with brothers Eddie and Tommy Lipton in 2005, the Denver Post reported.
The Lipton brothers were later convicted of rigging lottery numbers — including the win in Colorado — and ordered to pay restitution. Massihzadeh said he had let the computers choose his numbers and was never suspected of wrongdoing.
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Massihzadeh requested the Colorado Lottery for a full payout but was denied on the grounds that the terms of the payout were in a contract which he had signed.