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Co-Workers Claim They Are Being Excluded From Mega Millions Jackpot

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The Mega Millions jackpot has hit $540 million. (Credit: CBS)

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GLENWOOD, Ill. (CBS) — No one has officially come forward yet to claim a $118 million jackpot on a lottery ticket sold at a Glenwood gas station two weeks ago, but there is already a legal fight over the money.

According to a lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court, the winning Mega Millions ticket was bought by a group of workers at the Pita Pan bakery in Chicago Heights. But two workers claim they are being cheated out of their share of the dough.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports

Jose Franco and Marco Medina say they weren’t at work the day 12 of their fellow employees kicked in for the pool. But they say they were part of the group that had won $9 dollars on a lottery game earlier that week, and that money was rolled over for the May 4th Mega Millions.

So they are suing to be included as winners of the $118 million pot. Their lawyer, Erron Fisher, says his clients are hurt.

“Money does strange things to people. My clients would like to be celebrating with the winning people, not taking them to court,” he said.

If the jackpot is split 14 rather than 12 ways, the difference for each winner is about $1 million.

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