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Co-workers file suit against jackpot winner



Published: Thu, August 30, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Co-workers file suitagainst jackpot winner

PORTLAND, Maine -- Co-workers of one of the winners of the $294.8 million Powerball jackpot have filed a lawsuit seeking to claim a share of the winnings, saying the ticket was part of an office pool.

In the suit, four people who worked with lottery winner Pat Wales at Lincoln Financial Group in Portland said 19 members of the pool kicked in $10 apiece to share 190 Powerball tickets.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, had asked that at least $8.6 million of the winnings be frozen. But Justice Nancy Mills rejected that request. Based on an affidavit filed by one of the co-workers, Mills wrote that she did not believe the workers can produce enough evidence to win their suit.

The Waleses' lawyer, Terrence Garmey, insisted the winning ticket belongs to the couple, offering as proof sales records from the store in New Hampshire where the ticket was bought.

He said Pat Wales bought 190 numbers for her office pool, then a few minutes later bought 20 for herself and her husband. The winning ticket, Garmey said, was among those 20.

Garmey said Pat Wales was "devastated" when told her co-workers might sue. "She put her head on the table and sobbed," he said.

McCain undergoessurgery in Arizona

PHOENIX -- Sen. John McCain, who underwent surgery for a benign enlargement of his prostate, was expected to make a full and rapid recovery, his spokeswoman said.

The Arizona Republican experienced no complications during the procedure Wednesday -- his 65th birthday -- at the Mayo Clinic Hospital, said spokeswoman Nancy Ives.

Because of the surgery, McCain canceled a planned Sept. 4 speech in Minneapolis, but it wasn't known whether he would miss any other public appearances.

Enlargement of the prostate is common among older men and can lead to urinary difficulties. During the procedure, enlarged prostate tissue blocking the urethra is cut away.

Doctors also broke up stones that had accumulated in McCain's bladder because the prostate was large enough to prevent the bladder from emptying completely, Ives said.

Tribunal to file chargesagainst Milosevic

THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- The chief prosecutor of the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal said today she will file charges of genocide against former president Slobodan Milosevic for massacres in Bosnia.

The prosecutor, Carla Del Ponte, said she expected to file new indictments against Milosevic on Oct. 1 for crimes committed in Bosnia and Croatia in the early 1990s. Those indictments would be combined with charges for crimes against humanity in Kosovo in 1999, and would likely go to trial in the autumn of 2002.

Del Ponte spoke moments after Milosevic appeared for the second time before the panel of judges since he was transferred from Yugoslavia June 28 to answer the indictment on alleged crimes in Kosovo.

"We will issue an indictment for genocide in Bosnia, possibly Croatia. Let's leave Croatia open," she told The Associated Press.

She said the mass graves of Kosovo Albanians recently discovered in Serbia were not enough to charge the former leader with genocide in Kosovo. Investigators revealed at least four common burial sites across Serbia -- graves that contain the tangled remains of at least 800 victims of a brutal 1998-99 crackdown on ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.

Archbishop, wife split

ROME -- The wife of a Roman Catholic archbishop said Wednesday she had accepted his decision to leave her after the two met for the first time in three weeks, ending a saga that had embarrassed the Vatican and captivated Italy.

"For the great love for my husband, I'll respect his decision" to leave me, Maria Sung told reporters late Wednesday. "But that doesn't change the feeling I have for him in my heart."

She said she would never be with another man and would try to support Milingo in his work throughout her life. She said she hoped they would be reunited "in the afterlife."

She said Milingo hadn't asked her forgiveness for having left her. But he "expressed love to me as a brother to a sister."

Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo and Sung met for three hours at the Arcangelo Hotel in Rome, where he delivered a letter to her explaining his reasons for leaving her.

"My commitments in the life of the church, with celibacy, don't allow me to be married," Milingo said in the handwritten letter, a copy of which was sent by the Vatican to news organizations. "The call from my church to my first commitment is just."

Associated Press




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