Lottery Winner Sued by Ex Files for Bankruptcy

Jury ordered her to give $291K to her former boyfriend
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 29, 2016 2:03 PM CDT
Lottery Winner Sued by Ex Files for Bankruptcy

A former Florida school teacher who won a $1 million lottery jackpot in 2007 filed for bankruptcy Saturday in Orlando, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Last month, a jury ordered 62-year-old Lynne Anne Poirier to pay $291,000 of her $750,000 lump-sum winnings to her former boyfriend, Howard Browning. Browning had sued Poirier for not sharing her winnings with him, claiming they were living together when she won and he gave her $20 to buy the winning ticket. Poirier disputes that, saying they had broken up years before she won, she was engaged to another man at the time, and she only happened to run into Browning at the convenience store when she purchased the winning ticket.

Strangely, Browning is not listed as someone to whom Poirier owes money in her bankruptcy filing. Her largest listed creditors are a student loan collection agency she owes $103,000 and the law firm representing her, which she owes $45,000. It's not clear what happened to Poirier's winnings, though she did buy a building with a plan to open a restaurant. She has so far not given any of the money to Browning, whose lawyer wants another $150,000 in interest and $200,000 in attorney's fees added to the total she owes. (More lottery stories.)

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