A man who won a lottery jackpots jackpot and cash in the lottery for a New Jersey man who died of a heroin overdose in 2010 and died of natural causes was awarded a $25 million settlement, the Jersey City prosecutor’s office announced Monday.
Lance Sperry was found dead in his apartment in June 2010.
His brother, Gary, said the settlement is the largest civil judgment the county has ever received in an opioid overdose case.
“The Sperrys have been through enough,” Gary Sperries said Monday.
“We’ve been through a lot together.”
The Spermrys sued the lottery operator, Jersey City-based lottery giant State Lottery and Gaming Authority, and the company that ran the New Jersey Lottery for a range of reasons.
Gary Sperrie said the Spermyrs believe they were denied their rights in the settlement, but the verdict will set a precedent.
“It’s a very significant verdict that will make it very clear that the state has the right to make sure that they do not get a payout from a lottery that was clearly a mistake,” he said.
The Sederys won the lottery jackpottoes prize of $1.5 million, which included the $25,000 cash payout.
Gary said they are happy with the settlement.
The family will get a check for $250,000 for medical expenses.