Settlement reached in $9.5M Hoosier Lottery jackpot
A settlement has been reached in a dispute over a $9.5 million Hoosier Lotto jackpot.
That agreement came Tuesday evening in the wake of a mediation hearing on Monday.
But Christy Shaw, the defendant in the case and one of the stylists involved, said everyone walked away with something.
Shaw was the stylist who bought the tickets for the work pool and then bought a separate ticket for herself at the same time and the same place on a different transaction. That violated a verbal rule the salon had saying if you buy the pool tickets, you can't buy any personal tickets at the same location.
"I didn't know about that rule. They're saying everyone knew about it. I did not," said Shaw.
Shaw went on to say that the stylists at Lou's Creative Styling should have put the rule in writing.
"I didn't know I did anything wrong. After I saw that my ticket won, I went straight to the salon to explain to them that I bought a separate ticket when I bought the pool tickets and that's the ticket that won," said Shaw.
That's when the seven stylists got a lawyer and moved to stop Shaw from collecting her winnings until a judge could sort things out.
In the end, Shaw said the legal battle was draining on everyone and they decided it was in their best interest to settle.
"We were tired and reading to get it over with," said Shaw.
A Marion County judge ruled in March that an injunction would remain in place, meaning the Hoosier Lottery could not pay out until an agreement had been reached.
While the total jackpot is $9.5 million, if you look at the cash payout, which is an entirely different prize, that boils down to about $3 million. After taxes, it's $2.1 million take home for a single person. Divided eight ways, each stylist would take home $268,500. That's before attorney fees.