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Brother vs. brother in lottery ticket trial

Man Sues Brother Over Winning Lottery Ticket

A winning lottery ticket has turned into a family feud for two Cumberland County brothers.

FOX43 reports: Ira Sharp is suing his half-brother, Charles Meehan, for $500,000, half of the $1 million jackpot.

The two men were drinking and playing scratch-off tickets one day in May 2013, at Johnny Joe's bar in Mechanicsburg.

Meehan ran out of money, and Sharp passed him $20 to buy another Hot Million ticket. Sharp said he told Meehan if he didn't take it, Sharp would just buy one himself. That's a part of story the brothers agree on.

Both took the stand Tuesday at the Cumberland County Courthouse.

Sharp says when he gave Meehan the $20, Meehan said they'd split any winnings. But Meehan says he did not say that. The jury must decide whether it was a verbal agreement or whether the $20 was just a gift.

"We have the burden of proof," says R. Mark Thomas, Sharp's attorney. "We have to prove there was an agreement, and there's nothing in writing, it's his word against my client's word -- and if the scales come up evenly balanced, we lose."

Both men say that they celebrated together when Meehan scratched off the winning ticket. Sharp says that they decided to bring it in together to the Lottery Commission the next day. Meehan disagrees. He brought it in alone.

Meehan says that he called Sharp back the next day and lied, telling him it wasn't a winning ticket after all. He says he did that because Sharp was angry. Later, Sharp found out that it was indeed a winning ticket.

Meehan also offered to pay the $20 back.

The brothers showed little emotion watching each other speak in court. Thomas says it's hard to imagine that they will reconcile.

"I would hope that they could, but it would be difficult," he says. "There's a saying in the Bible that says 'love of money is the root of all evil.'"

The trial will continue Wednesday.

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reelanimals July 17 2014 at 8:12 AM

If his Brother wouldn't have lent him $20.00 there would be no money. I don't see why they wouldn't split it.

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oceanview136 July 17 2014 at 10:46 AM

If the one brother had not gotten the $20.00 from the other brother, there would NOT have been a lottery win. He should definitely share that lottery win with his brother. It's the only fair thing to do.

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Jeanne July 17 2014 at 6:20 AM

Both are showing the extent of their poor characters.... one brother by suing the other, and the other brother by not wanting to share his winnings, no matter the agreement in the beginning. If I won lottery money, the first person I'd spit it with would be my sister. These guys are both losers.

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vendelavee July 17 2014 at 8:10 AM

Amazing how quickly large amounts of money can turn someone into a greedy jerk.

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hark4109 July 17 2014 at 8:33 AM

What a piece of trash that jerk is? Man up and give brother the half, now a lawyer will get 250 grand for nothing!

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ldarkspark5 hark4109 July 17 2014 at 5:02 PM

I wish no the lawyers plus fees will come u to about 400,000. like I said isn't America grand.

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domingbfan hark4109 July 17 2014 at 8:07 PM

try and tell that to your wife.

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Dan P July 17 2014 at 8:10 AM

When you have two stories you try and find out which person told lies during the telling of their story. If one person lies about anything I tend to believe the other persons story. After reading this story I think the winning ticket should be split between the brothers.

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hanna vanhoose Dan P July 17 2014 at 3:45 PM

no doubt to me either dan that the money should be split. splitting it is the right thing and the brother who wants it all unfairly is a donkey. if he had not been lent the $20.00 he would not have won. he just got greedy. I would definitely sue as well. sometimes that is needed to send a message to greedy people

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domingbfan Dan P July 17 2014 at 8:08 PM

in a perfect world

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ram4131 July 16 2014 at 2:51 PM

Pretty pathetic that two loser booze hound brothers need the courts to decide who's trailer gets paid off.

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dbgarcia17 ram4131 July 17 2014 at 2:53 PM

Lol- literally.thank you.

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hanna vanhoose ram4131 July 17 2014 at 3:47 PM

they were at the bar and you already decided they were booze hound brothers. you sound like a mentally bankrupt type of person with a trashy odor here. feel sure you will never win anything with this outlook.

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Rhonda hanna vanhoose July 17 2014 at 9:49 PM

No you can just read the story and come up with that.
The bar just confirms the obvious. And you might want to examine your bar use as well.

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dhsdome July 17 2014 at 8:17 AM

Money and greed. This story could just as well be about the Obama administration.

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hynotman July 17 2014 at 9:08 AM

There goes Thanksgiving Day's family dinner...

At least the lawyers make out!

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lgvxl42 hynotman July 17 2014 at 5:25 PM

LMAO...........At least there's two legs on a turkey.

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twoblueyes70 July 17 2014 at 11:30 AM

OMG seriously!! Just share the money. Like I always say people change when money is around. I wish the judge can take it and donate it to a worthy cause, that will show the 2 brothers.

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