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From Orlando Sentinel --

 

The former Seminole County school teacher who last month lost a big chunk of a $1 million lottery jackpot to her former boyfriend, who had sued her for failing to share, has filed for bankruptcy. Lynn Anne Poirier, 62, of Geneva did not list Howard Browning, her former live-in sweetheart, as a creditor in the bankruptcy case, which she filed Saturday in Orlando.

 

She listed that case as "pending." But on Feb. 4, a six-member Seminole County jury ordered her to pay Browning $291,000 after concluding the two had a valid but unwritten contract to split any major lottery jackpot. Browning, 62, so far has collected nothing. Last week his lawyer, Sean Sheppard, asked Circuit Judge Melanie Chase to tack on more than $150,000, the amount of interest due from when Poirier claimed the jackpot in 2007.

 

Sheppard said he also intends to ask the judge to make Poirier pay his attorney fees, something he estimated at $200,000. In her bankruptcy paperwork, Poirier did not spell out how she'd spent her lottery winnings, but during the trial, she testified that after winning, she bought a building in Arkansas and intended to open a restaurant.

 

Poirier bought the winning lottery ticket in 2007 at an Oviedo gas station. She took a one-time lump sum payout of $750,000, according to court records. Browning testified that at the time of the drawing, they were sweethearts, that they lived together and that he handed her the $20 to buy the ticket. Poirier told jurors a very different story.

 

She said they had broken up years earlier, that she had moved out and that she was engaged to someone else at the time – an Arkansas bail bondsman. She testified that she and Browning just happened to bump into each other at the convenience store that day and that she paid for the ticket herself. On Monday, Poirier responded to an email from the Orlando Sentinel but did not answer questions about her bankruptcy filing or the lottery case...MORE HERE.

 

 

Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. He is a seasoned political operative who has led numerous statewide political groups and has worked on several high-profile local, statewide, and national races. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at [email protected]

 

 

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