French Court Rules Casino Gambling Winnings Should Be Split
Two gamblers had been in a bitter legal battle over which one should receive the winnings from a casino jackpot hit back in March. The end result is that both parties will walk away with a portion of the money.
Marie-Helene Jarguel was the person responsible for placing the money in the winning slot machine. Francis Sune, however, was the person responsible for pulling the lever on the winning spin. That created controversy among the two as to who should receive the winnings.
Jarguel felt that since she was the one who paid for the opportunity to win, the entire jackpot winnings should be hers. Sune felt that it was hit lucky pull that led to the winnings, so he should be entitled to some of the money.
On Tuesday, a court in Montpellier, France, ruled in favor of both sides. Jarquel will get to keep eighty percent of the $2.91 million that was won. The other twenty percent will go to Sune. It was an outcome that will make both gamblers much wealthier.
The case became precedent setting with no former cases where French law had to define the winner of a slot game. The judge acknowledged as much when ruling that both gamblers had a stake in the winnings. There are expected to be more lawsuits that pop up because of Tuesday's ruling.
Now that the legal battle has ended, Jarguel and Sune can get on with the business of spending some of their jackpot winnings. Neither party has commented on how they would spend that money.
December 15, 2009
Posted By Tom Jones
Staff Editor, CasinoGamblingWeb.com
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