Jury: $1M lottery winner must give $291K to ex-boyfriend

After three hours of deliberations, the jury agreed a woman who won a $1 million jackpot must pay $291,000 to her ex-boyfriend.  

A jury found there was a verbal contract between the couple.

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Throughout the week, defendant Lynn Poirier, 62, testified that she won the millionaire raffle jackpot and collected the winnings in 2007, after she purchased the ticket at a Sunoco gas station.

The day she bought the ticket, she came across Howard Browning, who she said arrived at the gas station separately and also purchased a ticket.

Browning’s attorney, Sean Sheppard, said Poirier lied about what happened that night.

Sheppard said Browning paid for the $20 ticket after the couple went out to dinner, and that the two made a verbal agreement that as long as they were together, they would split the winnings.

Poirier testified the two hadn’t been together since 2003. 

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