"It's one-for-all and all-for-one," he said. "Everybody gets an equal share. There's no way of knowing which dollar won." Courts in New Jersey and Ohio, he says, when presented with similar disputes, have elected to give equal shares to each participant.
Another claimant, J. Santos Bello, is represented by Chicago attorney Steven J. Seidman. Seidman did not immediately return a request for comment. Bello's complaint tells virtually the same story as the one filed by Franco and Medina.
On June 11, the judge in Chicago will likely consolidate the four lawsuits into one, Haugh said. At that time, Haugh will request the lottery release some portion of the jackpot to his twelve clients.
"The question is did they each win 1/12 as we believe or potentially 1/17 if the five claimaints are right, which I don't think they are," Haugh said. "There's no question my people are winners."
Haugh said many if not all of his twelve clients have stopped working at the bakery due to the media attention at their workplace. He said they were "distressed" at having to leave their jobs.
"My people are normal working people. They really have wanted privacy and confidentiality," he said. "They all intended to work there for some period of time. When the news reports hit it became difficult to continue working there."