A woman sued her coworker because she refused to split their joint lottery winnings.
The Arkansas coworkers broke their friendship forever by refusing to even pay the ticket.
In her lawsuit against Mandy Vanhouten, Leslie Underwood claimed that she was entitled to a share of the winnings from the scratch-off tickets.
After obtaining the $300,000 reward, Vanhouten refused to return to her job or give the money to her friend. Kark Leslie Underwood and Mandy Vanhouten served customers at the Sportsman Drive-In in Stuttgart, which is located 55 miles east of Little Rock.
Steven Luckadoo allegedly provided the pair’s boss, Underwood, with a number of scratch-off tickets in December 2017.
The pair was supposed to split any prize money from the tickets, according to the lawsuit.
However, Underwood said that Vanhouten skipped work after purchasing the $300,000 winning ticket.
After I won $450,000 after suing the lottery for my medical expenses, the FBI was contacted.
The couple received the tickets just a few days later, and Vanhouten immediately claimed the reward money.
The Arkansas Gazette, a publication of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, said that she bought the winning ticket for $10 at a G&B Liquor store in Stuttgart.
She would use the money, in Vanhouten’s words, which was mentioned by the panel, “to make her life easier.”
Underwood argued that she was entitled to receive half of the proceeds in her case and asked Judge Chip Welch to order that the prize money be frozen in a court-supervised account.
The paperwork stated that Underwood also needed to be granted a temporary restraining order to prevent Vanhouten from spending any of the money until the litigation was settled.
Underwood made the decision to drop the case in February 2018 after collecting an undisclosed portion of the reward money.
The agreement between Underwood and Vanhouten was approved in Pulaski County Circuit Court.
According to the Arkansas Gazette, Underwood allegedly informed a separate news outlet, the Stuttgart Daily Leader, that the amount given to her was not what she had anticipated.
She claimed that even though she had never received “free money” before, it was nevertheless.
Following the publication of her article, an unnamed donor offered Underwood and her family a trip to Disneyland.
The unidentified Californian man told the nearby NBC affiliate KARK, “I don’t care who you are.”
According to what little I know about an Arkansas sports bar waitress, that’s a life-changing quantity of money. “That’s not a small amount of money.”
Underwood’s children received princess makeovers and VIP experiences throughout the vacation, which was fully paid thanks to the benefactor, a former Disney employee.
It was purely coincidental that Underwood wanted to use her share of the money to fly her family to Disneyland.
According to the giver, “Living without giving is not living. And being able to contribute makes everything better.”
They had known one another for years and were great friends.