‘That’s not correct. He didn’t say that to you’

‘That’s not correct. He didn’t say that to you’

A FACTORY worker who was part of a Powerball jackpot insists the syndicate head Robert Adams told him there were 14 people in the syndicate before the workmates won the life-changing prize. The win has become the subject of a NSW Supreme Court fight where one employee, Brendan King, is suing the 14 winners for what he claims is his rightful share of the prize. Robert Adams organised “hundreds, maybe thousands” of lottery syndicates over the past 15 years and brought tickets for co-workers at cable manufacturing company Prysmian, in southwest Sydney, for the May 4 draw. Mr King, a 43-year-old father-of-five, was a regular contributor and believed he was part of the winning syndicate — he was shocked to discover the day after the draw that he wasn’t included, even though all the other regulars had been.

Brendan King. Source: News Corp Australia
He argues that he believed there was only one lotto syndicate operating and all its 12 members would be automatically entered into draws unless they opted out. Mr Adams argues he didn’t have the chance to ask Mr King about the Powerball draw, and a “one-off” group outside the usual syndicate was formed for the $40 million jackpot. Instead, Mr King was given cash from a draw the other syndicate had won in which his share was just $13.70. Mr Singh told the court today he was informed by Mr Adams there were 14 members in the syndicate — something Lachlan Gyles SC, the barrister representing Mr King, suggested wasn’t true. “That’s not correct…He didn’t say that to you,” Mr Gyles said, to which Mr Singh replied: “He did.” Mr Singh told Justice John Sackar he couldn’t remember exactly when he paid Mr Adams the $50 to be part of the draw — something other factory winners who appeared in the witness box repeated to the court on Tuesday. The inclusion of 14 people is an important aspect of the defence case as it would demonstrate a second syndicate was operating alongside the original group of 12 “hard core” members. Robert Griffiths had worked at the factory for 20 years and had been contributing to Mr Adams syndicates for several of those. He was grilled by Mr Gyles about when he paid the $50 to Mr Adams for the Powerball ticket. In his affidavit, he stated he couldn’t recall which day it had been. His evidence today though it was “more likely to be paid on the Tuesday”. Mr Gyles asked him why he was “so anxious” to say it was Tuesday. “Is it because its more helpful to your case?”…

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