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Waitress Must Share $10M Lottery

April 20, 1999

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) _ A former waitress who was given a Florida lottery ticket worth $10 million as a tip must share her winnings with four Waffle House co-workers, a jury said today.

Circuit Judge Robert Kendall adopted the jury’s advisory verdict and gave attorneys several days to tell him how they would divide the money among the five people. There was no immediate word on any appeal.

Tonda Dickerson, who will have to share the $10 million, rushed out of the courtroom without comment.

Mrs. Dickerson’s Waffle House co-workers had testified that there was a share-the-wealth plan and that in conversations around the hot grill they often discussed how they would spend the money.

``It was always stated that if we hit, we split,″ one of the four co-workers, Matthew Adams, told the jury.

Edward Seward Jr., the Waffle House customer from Bayou La Batre who gave away the lottery tickets, has said he expected the restaurant employees to share any winnings.

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