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Mega Millions Lottery Tickets (Credit: Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. (CBS) — Two more been two more lawsuits filed by workers at a bakery in south suburban Chicago Heights, claiming a share of a Mega Millions lottery prize.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, four employees of Pita Pan Bakery in Chicago Heights now say they should share in a cut of the $118 million Mega Millions lottery prize from May 4.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports

J. Santos Bello and Nikko Chamopoulos claim in the latest lawsuits that they were wrongly cut out of the winnings, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Erron Fisher, the men’s attorney, tells the Tribune that employees of Pita Pan have gone in together on Mega Millions for a year.

When one of their tickets won $9 in a drawing on May 1, the $9 was put into the pot for the May 4 drawing, which won $118 million, Fisher told the Tribune.

But Bello and Chamopoulos did not kick in more money for the May 4 drawing as at least a dozen other employees did. They contend that the $118 million ticket could have come from the $9 in winnings of which they were a part.

Bello and Chamopoulos’ lawsuits come after another suit by co-workers Jose Franco and Marco Medina, who say they were not at work the day everyone else kicked in for the school.

But they say they too 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.

A fifth co-worker is also planning to sue, according to the Tribune. If they win, the five co-workers could receive a payout of $7 million before taxes, the Tribune reported.

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