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Tip Was a Lottery Ticket; Now Waitress Must Share Jackpot

April 22, 1999| Associated Press

MOBILE, Ala. — A former waitress who won a $10-million jackpot with a lottery ticket left as a tip has been ordered to share the money with four co-workers.

A jury on Tuesday decided against Tonda Dickerson, 28, who denied that she had agreed to split any winnings with her Waffle House co-workers.

The co-workers had also received lottery tickets as tips and testified that they and Dickerson had a share-the-wealth plan. A couple who regularly dine at the Waffle House in Grand Bay testified that Dickerson told them of the deal.

Dickerson was given the lottery ticket on March 7 by a breakfast regular at the Waffle House, Edward Seward Jr., who said he wanted only a new pickup truck if the ticket won.

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