The list of Pita Pan bakery employees claiming they deserve a cut of a $118 million Mega Millions jackpot grew Tuesday after Wouter de Beuckelaer filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court.
De Beuckelaer claims he contributed to a lottery pool that won a small amount of money on April 24, which was then used to buy tickets for a May 1 drawing that also won a small amount of money. That money was used to buy tickets for the May 4th Mega Millions drawing that led to the jackpot, according to the lawsuit.
The suit comes after five other Pita Pan bakery employees filed three separate lawsuits against their co-workers alleging they were unfairly cut out of the Mega Millions jackpot.
Employees at the Chicago Heights bakery started the lottery pool in December 2011 with the understanding that small winnings would be used to buy more lottery tickets in lieu of additional contributions, according to one the lawsuits.
On Monday, a Cook County judge consolidated all five of the lottery cases into one, said Erron Fisher, a lawyer for two of the plaintiffs. The next court date is in mid-July.
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