Scott Montross talked to reporters outside Marion County Superior Court 12 on Feb. 27. He is the attorney for seven hairstylists seeking to claim a share of their co-worker's winnings. (Kelly Wilkinson / The Star)
Tim Evans, USA TODAY
INDIANAPOLIS -- A hairdresser, blocked last month from collecting a $9 million state lottery jackpot in a dispute with seven former co-workers, claims she has proof the winning ticket was not among those she purchased with money pooled by the group.
Christina "Christy" Shaw also contends in a recent court filing that no one at Lou's Creative Styles in Lawrence, Ind., ever informed her the person buying tickets for the group could not purchase personal tickets at the same time or location.
That unwritten "rule" was a key argument made by seven former co-workers who asked Marion Superior Court Judge Heather Welch to block the lottery from paying the jackpot to Shaw.
The judge issued an order March 1 barring lottery officials from paying the winnings. Welch ruled the women demonstrated a reasonable likelihood of success if they move ahead with a lawsuit against Shaw, who was not a party to the legal case at that time. The judge also said there would be no harm to the lottery or the public by delaying the payout.
Since that ruling, Shaw's attorney has filed several motions on her behalf, including a request to end the injunction that keeps her from collecting the jackpot.
The case that has shattered longtime friendships at the beauty shop will be back before the judge Tuesday for a pretrial conference dealing with new motions filed by both sides.
In court documents filed by her attorney, Shaw claims she often bought personal tickets at the same time she purchased tickets for the pool. She said the task of buying tickets rotated among participants, and they always purchased "quick picks," with the group's lottery numbers selected by computer.
The winning ticket in the Feb. 16 drawing was purchased at 2:28 p.m. at a Speedway. It was included, according to court documents, on a Indiana lottery ticket with four sets of numbers, including "personal" numbers Shaw regularly selected numbers based on the birthday and ages of her children and grandchildren.
Two of the sets of numbers on that ticket were quick picks and one of those produced the winning numbers: 5, 8, 17, 21, 23 and 33.
Shaw's filing includes copies of other tickets, one purchased at 2:26 p.m. at the same Speedway, that included 27 sets of quick-pick numbers. She claims those were purchased with $20 from the pool's money and $7 in winnings from a previous drawing.
Later that day, at 5:02 p.m., Shaw says she purchased another $20 in tickets with the group's money at a different Speedway location. Those numbers were all computer-generated quick picks.
Tim Evans also reports for The Indianapolis Star.