Twist in $40 million Powerball battle

YESTERDAY the boss whose underlings cut him out of a $40 million Powerball win said he had supported his co-workers through tough times and was disappointed - today it's emerged the man who bought the ticket reckons the boss didn't put his cash in.

The Supreme Court of New South Wales, heard this morning that Brendon King - the aggrieved boss - will claim he was part of the winning syndicate on May 5 when the lucky numbers came up. 

But a legal representative of Robert Adams - the man who bought the tickets - told the court Mr King was not part of the winning syndicate.  

Mr Adams' lawyer told the court Mr King was part of another syndicate which entered the mega-draw but didn't win - according to News.com.au.

Yesterday Shine Lawyers - who have been hired by Mr King to try and get what he claims is his share of the winnings which is worth about $2.6 million - said they would be asking for a stay on the payout which is due to happen on Thursday. 

"We are requesting that NSW Lotteries doesn't pay any of the winnings to the registered holder of the winning ticket, while it is unclear who was a part of the syndicate and who wasn't," Shine Lawyers Commercial Litigation and Insolvency Practice Leader Luke Whiffen said.

"If the registered holder of the winning ticket does receive the money from NSW Lotteries, we will require that they do not make a decision on their own as to how that money is paid out. The winnings need to be frozen until the dispute is resolved.

Mr King said: "I feel betrayed that a work colleague I've been supportive of, can openly do this. I feel let down that the other members who know I am part of the work syndicate aren't willing to stand up for what is right.

"If someone else was in this position I would be the first one to talk to the group, to do the right thing. I have worked with these gentlemen for five years and when they've fallen on tough times, either at work or at home, I have supported them. I hope that this will all be cleared up quickly and that all the members in the syndicate receive their fair share."

Mr Adam's lawyers have told Newscorp he will not be commenting publicly. 



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