INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - “You'd think it should be an enjoyable time, winning the lottery,” said Lucy Lewis-Johnston, “but it hasn’t been the case at all.”
Lewis-Johnston is one of eight Indianapolis hair stylists who fought over one winning ticket. They were all part of a lottery pool last February at Lou’s Creative Styles, the salon Lewis-Johnston owns.
The woman who bought the ticket said the winner was one she bought for herself — not for the group.
“We were betrayed,” said Lewis-Johnston.
Suddenly, people who Lewis-Johnston felt were “salon sisters” were divided.
“We have been living on a yo-yo string, basically. Up and down. Up and down,” she said
Seven stylists went to court against the eighth to fight for what they perceived as their share of a $9.5 million Hoosier Lottery jackpot.
Wednesday afternoon, Lewis-Johnston said the case had been settled. But, the agreement forbids her from revealing the distribution. All she could say was, “it wasn’t what we deserve. You know, we deserved to get our equal share and we did not.” They find happiness knowing that “a couple women that are ill are going to be able to stop working, possibly stop working, or cut their hours back and not work as hard as they've had to work.”
The case reminds her that money isn’t everything, as the saying goes.
“You can buy anything you want with money,” she said. “But you can’t buy love and you can’t buy family members back, you know.”
Lewis-Johnston said the woman who bought the ticket no longer works at the east side salon. They’ve seen each other only when their case required it.
The remaining salon sisters still play the lottery.
Lewis-Johnston said they still don’t have a written agreement about how they play it because they still trust each other. And, after this “nightmare,” she’s inclined to believe no agreement is necessary. “I don’t think it could happen, twice, to the same people.”
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