Mandy Vanhouten

An Arkansas waitress plans to take legal action against a co-worker for stealing her half of a $300,000 scratch-off lottery jackpot.

Leslie Underwood told KARK-TV that she and a co-worker, Mandy Vanhouten, were working at Sportsmans Drive-In when their boss, ironically named Lucky, gave them scratch-off Lottery tickets in lieu of holiday bonuses.

"He told us whatever we won, it would be split between us for our Christmas bonus," she said.

Underwood said she and Vanhouten took the 5 tickets and began scratching. That's when Vanhouten scratched a ticket and hit the $300,000 jackpot.

"We were both reading the back of it trying to find the little, 'You're pranked!'" Underwood said. "But no, it was a real one."

Underwood said she and Vanhouten agreed not to redeem the winning ticket until 2018. But she was shocked to see her friend of 10 years on TV claiming the entire $300,000 prize for herself.

"I helped her get the job, put in a good word, stuck my neck out for her, let her stay with me so she didn't have to drive back and forth. I think that's what hurt me the most is as much as I've done, she could have done right for once," Underwood told KARK. "Lucky told us here at the bar, 'Y'all won't be friends after this.' We were like, 'Why would you say that?'. Money changes people. Now we see."

Underwood says she plans to file legal action against Vanhouten if she doesn't get her $150,000.

"It was kind of like somebody died for somebody to tell you that they don't think you deserve it and their decision has been made," Underwood told KARK-TV.

  • Dystaney Kimble

    ....Well she can never show her face around that trailer park again ...ijs

  • Shawty

    Hope the boss backs her with the statement that they split the winnings. Shoot I know his a$$ mad he didn't keep them for him.

  • Shawty

    cracking up over here

  • Marlika

    Forget a lawsuit, I would beat the brakes off the bitch! Lawsuits take too long and she has to prove she is intitled to half of the winnings based on hear say.??

  • Shawty

    And by the time that happens, the money could be gone.

  • Marlika

    Pretty much.

    And this is why I never do a lottery pool at work.

  • xenaD

    Damn.... people never worry about karma! And idk y I’m a lil amused by this story but it’s still effed up

  • SGirl

    The Lord said "Vengeance is mine". The pathetic excuse as a person is going to be sorry she ever laid eyes on that ticket

  • Victorious82

    Sounds about white

  • bella28498 .

    such thugs


    WHAT!!!! I would stomp, beat, curse and anything else that come to mind. You DO NOT play about folks money....

  • BadAss Will

    Not one person had the had the right mind to photocopy the ticket and give a copy to everyone after purchace? My family do. Dont trust they ass.


    We do it at work but there is a document we all must sign and get copies of. We have it stated that a lawyer would have to cash in the ticket.

  • nick c

    Lottery tickets in lieu of a bonus is kinda ghetto though.

  • SumthinSweeter


  • Dahl

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! ????

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  • nick c

    Her first mistake was asking her to wait till 2018 instead of right now! 150k pays off debts 300k can set you up for life if you're frugal she did the math in her head and said fawk that bish lol.

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  • the guest

    It's ironic when white people are shocked to learn how messed up white people can be. This poor woman thought helping a white lady get on her feet and ten years friendship meant something. It meant a lot until it didnt need to mean something.

  • Shawty

    Bet he mad he didn't keep them all

  • klwbaby

    In six months, if they do an update on this story, that money will be gone.

  • KLo

    Apparently, Dump is not helping his poor white trash

  • Breitbart_Savior

    Cold world.

    Wicked reality.

  • Soda

    I read that the "winner" hasn't shown up to work since and the others are covering her shift, not realizing she doesn't work there anymore!

  • MistaO

    She is a ss out. The ticket is a bearer instrument. Whomever holds is the sole owner (unless the laws in that state changed). No good deed...

  • MistaO

    Doesn't matter, a photo copy means nothing. The unadulterated ticket is the sole property of owner. Good luck in court if you win..

  • Ghost

    Just wrong! Well if she was that the time uncle sam gets his, the state, and all her creditors come for her..probably won't be much left! She'll leave town..someone will probably wound up ripping her off and she'll be back sobbing and saying what a fool she was...Karma works in mysterious ways...those winning she stole are going to be the worst winnings of her life! Its the ones you trust the most that will cut you deep...smh

  • BadAss Will

    They're already presidented cases that has been won on the fact the people made copies and shown proof and jury awarded them a portion. Lottery been around many years. Next time seek out facts before you ignorantly try to correct someone. P.S. Good luck on your no life having ass ?

  • MistaO

    Dang, really? That kind of reply to a somewhat innocuous post! Yea, must be an all around loser type.?

  • SweetTEE

    Now she know... thats why I dont play that lottery at my job. You cant trust mofo coworkers bout money. You can barely trust your family.

  • BadAss Will

    Ya mama! I got all day for your B.S. im babysitting my grandson watching movies. So if u got time from your welfare life. I got time from my fabulous life.

  • V Dubb

    I give it 3 hun!!

  • C Mack

    You got really upset really quickly though. I hope you don't take offense, but I kind of questioned why you blew up like that.

  • BadAss Will

    Not up set at all... playing with my grandbaby is the bestn schooling on some shit you thought u knew about had me to straighten me..... just mind ur business. ?

  • C Mack

    Not understanding your reply; you're kinda rambling. Tried to read it again but I just got that you want me to butt out. Will do.

    You seem mean.

  • i troll it like i see it

    As quickly as she got the money it will be gone! This is the devil at work! Earlier in the DAY she didn't have the money, probably didn't have two quarters to fcking rub together, and now she is acting like she must have the whole pot? Since when isn't $150K not a chit load of money and more than enough considering you had NOTHING prior?! She will most definitely get hers for being this greedy. What if their supervisor turned around and said "you know what, I paid for the ticket, give it back." Then how would that greedy hoe feel?

  • i troll it like i see it

    and she would be getting exactly what she deserves for being a greedy mutha...

  • Sorry_Not_Sorry

    150k or 300k is life changing money if you’re smart.

    The bigger issue is this woman that trusted the “so called friend” felt they were lifelong friends.

    Where the woman that claimed the money probably viewed the friendship differently and thought of her as a close coworker.

    That’s probably why she ran off with the money without looking back so easily.

  • Enoughsaid2020

    This is why I never do office pools, because someone always ends up in court. SMH!

  • Tonya

    Her first mistake was them both not signing the ticket on the back.

  • Listen2Me

    Damn Mandy..if you knew your azz wasn't going to share; you should have just pretended like you hadn't won anything on your ticket and then NOT go public.
    Mandy's dumb she'll be broke by the end of 2018.

  • Rahab

    She only used her and could care less of her feelings about that "friendship".

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    The one thing I will not do is give out lottery tickets. I'm a giving person, but I'm a MF when it comes to money and neither of our lives will be the same if I unknowingly give a winning scratch off away worth hundreds of thousands. God wants me to haunt your nightmares. Yaaaaaassss.

    This is a sticky situation right here.

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  • Akhenaton

    never trust a girl named Mandy

  • Coy little wink

    Shes lying or dumb...either way i have no sympathy like why would the boss make them share....and who would agree to such stupidity?

  • TeeBee

    We would have been glued at the hip until the ticket was claimed. Common sense. She stayed at the house before, what's one more night? in the morning they could've gone together

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Tell the truth and shame the devil.

  • Gamer?? Chick

    Why was she in possession of the ticket ;you two should have gotten lawyers to begin with. Best believe karma gone tap that ass straight no chaser.

  • YellowSauce

    I learned not to trust co workers PERIOD .... lol

  • Bonita Johnson

    Unless they signed something stating they will share all she’s going to get is a lesson in trusting people.

  • Malcom Flex

    Hope you're kidding about assaulting someone

  • QueenMe

    She not gettin half of anything unless they had some kind of agreement that was legally binding.

  • QueenMe

    She was never her friend if she did that after 10 yrs of "friendship".

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  • gail fowler

    No if Lucky the boss said he gave the ticket to both of them in addition, why would you let Mandy hold on to the ticket it does sound kind of fishy though. Somebody just might be lying ...

  • Mystique

    Underwood should have made a copy of ticket. Otherwise, it’s a she said, she said situation. Sorry for her, she may have to take the “L.” The sad this is: she knew Mandy for 10 years and helped her get on her feet. The most that Underwood can do at this point is shame her.

  • Jen_no_juice

    No the boss can testify stating that they were supposed to split it

  • kekeb

    Don't play with people's money

  • OP2

    The boss can easily testify and eliminate that which seems fishy. Anybody can lie, fib or con their way into being the one holding onto the ticket. They other person said that they agreed that Mandy would hold onto the ticket, but they would show up together to claim the ticket.

    -people are so foolish can't just trust that other folks will keep their word. Lazy folks tend to be the most gullible, trusting & emotional because it's easier than thinking on a higher level.

    All she had to do was use her phone to snap pictures of the front & back of the ticket & one of herself holding the same ticket as proof. Then, send the proof to all of her personal emails. In addition, she could have used her camera phone to film the two of them together saying how this would go down before releasing the ticket.

    "To avoid getting played," people should practice removing their emotions when it comes to handling business and think about how they can immediately create proof in the event something like this happens for them. ijs

  • OP2

    Legally binding would be "the Boss" coming forward and saying that he purchased the ticket as a gift for the two of them play/scratch & split any winnings. -that solves the whole thing. It has been done before in a court via a very similar case. She will not get far as the lawyers & court freeze is about to eat up that $$$ or at least her share. lol

  • ?Royalty?

    I hope there was a camera in the store that recorded these events. Then she will have not only the bosses testimony but she will have video evidence corroborating her claim to 150,000.00. Then she may not need and attorney to fight her case. (Attorneys fees will eat her winnings?)

  • Moon Lee

    Waste of time, and effort! I bet she's almost broke! Sorry hunny....

  • QueenMe

    Lol true

  • YellowParrott

    That's what "friends" are for.

  • Michelle1953

    Ppl have sued and won based on verbal agreements. With the boss testimony it's not a hard case!

  • Crazy tee

    THis is why I don’t f&ck with females...just hubby and kids

  • V Dubb

    Yes indeed!!!

  • James Hudson

    With friends like this who needs enemies?

  • Dwayne Harris

    After taxes she won't have much

  • BadAss Will

    Drive to the nearest bridge and jump off

  • ShWa

    Yep if he testifies maybe she can get her half of the money, hurry girl before she spends it all!

  • C Mack

    Hurt people hurt people. You are going through something. Praying for deliverance from misery!

  • Applebootay

    Underwood said she and Vanhouten agreed not to redeem the winning ticket until 2018.

    That was the #1 mistake. AS SOON AS it was scratched off, we going down together. I wouldn't even let my mama hold the ticket...especially until 2018..whose dumbazz idea was that? AND why would she agree to it? SMDH.


    One thing about burning bridges, karma makes sure you have to try to cross that bridge again. These days $300,000 don't go very far especially if placed and the wrong hands and my guess is, this money is definitely in the wrong hands.