Australian Lottery Winner Goes Into Hiding After Hitting the Jackpot
A lottery winner from the Australian city of Geelong has gone into hiding after members of his lottery syndicate accused him of not distributing the winnings.
Gary Baron, a former courier, entered a weekly syndicate with colleagues at Toll Group but he apparently called in sick on the day he won a stake in the $50 million Powerball jackpot last October and resigned from his job the next week.
Baron bought a $600,000 house a $200,000 BWM after claiming his winnings. He reportedly collected $20 from each syndicate member and entered the Powerball draw online. However, he repeatedly denied winning the jackpot to the other members and allegedly told one that he had inherited a significant amount of money.
Fourteen members of the syndicate are planning on taking Baron to the Supreme Court of Victoria. It is expected that Baron will claim he bought the winning ticket separately to the group ticket.