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Mega Millions Lottery Mix-up: Eyet Law’s Matthew Eyet Weighs in on ABC 7 NY

Mega Millions Lottery Mix-up: Eyet Law’s Matthew Eyet Weighs in on ABC 7 NY

On May 10th, a significant mistake was made in the announcement for the night’s Mega Millions drawing. As the gold Mega Ball dropped into the chamber, host John Crow made an innocent, but impactful mistake by calling the number 6, rather than the correct number 9. 

Eyet Law’s Matthew Eyet was invited to appear on ABC 7 NY to weigh in on whether the State of New York is obligated to or likely to absorb the cost of paying out winners with the mistakenly called number 6 as the Mega Ball. 

The May 10th lottery drawing

As the Mega Millions drawing unfolded on the night of May 10th, the first five numbers were called correctly as usual—but as the sixth “Mega Ball” dropped into the chamber, a mistake was made in the broadcast. The golden Mega Ball was a 9, clearly differentiated from a 6 by a line beneath the number, but host John Crow misread the ball and announced that the night’s Mega Ball number was 6. This mistake was also repeated in the broadcast’s graphics, which displayed a 6 as the Mega Ball number.

Although there were no grand prize winners with either a 6 or 9 as the Mega Ball number, there were two $10,000 jackpots with a 6 Mega Ball number, as well as nearly 30,000 other players with smaller prizes totaling almost $130,000. In response to the error, the New York Lottery temporarily suspended all prize payments for Mega Millions tickets.

Eyet Law’s Matthew Eyet responds

Appearing on ABC 7 NY, Matthew Eyet of Eyet Law explained that Mega Millions players with a Mega Ball number of 6 were unlikely to have legal recourse. This is because of a written regulation specifying that the correct numbers are the numbers drawn, rather than the numbers that are reported. While this regulation was likely created in anticipation of a clerical transcription error, Eyet believes that the regulation still applies in the case of the wrong number being announced in a broadcast.

Mega Millions players with a 6 Mega Ball number on their tickets may still have some reason for hope, however. Citing to the broad discretionary authority granted to the Gaming Commission, Eyet believes there’s a possibility that the State of New York could invoke such power to absorb the cost and pay out prize money to players who would have won if the 6 had been drawn. From the State’s perspective, it may be better to absorb the cost rather than undermine faith in the lottery system, which could lead to lower earnings for the New York Lottery over time. 

Hold on to your tickets

No official decision has been made regarding the drawing, but the New York Lottery has advised any players to hold onto their May 10th Mega Millions tickets for the time being. Whether the State will choose to pay prize money to winners with the mistaken number remains to be seen.

For the full report, check out Matthew Eyet’s appearance on ABC 7 NY here.

Matthew Eyet Shares His Insights into Running a Small Law Firm

Matthew Eyet Shares His Insights into Running a Small Law Firm

Running a law firm? That can be a challenge, but small law firm owners in particular, including our very own Matthew Eyet, have been able to navigate the obstacles . Focusing on creating efficiencies and bringing a vision of the ideal law firm—and what that means to clients—to life is just part of what helps create a sustainable practice. 

When running a law firm, there’s a list of challenges that present themselves daily. Fielding IT issues, working on process improvements, managing employees, overseeing billing and accounting, marketing the firm, generating new business—and that doesn’t even include the actual legal work! Which means that for anyone who opens their own practice, they will most likely need plenty of personal motivation and hard work to go around. 

In a recent article by Loio, Running a small law firm in Pennsylvania: 5 owners share their stories, Matt shares some insight into the scariest and most exciting parts of running his own firm. And we know what you’re thinking: “But Eyet Law is New Jersey-based!” What you might not know is that there’s still a lot of ties to Pennsylvania for us—Matt is a native son of Pennsylvania and he has practiced extensively in Pennsylvania’s state and federal courts.

Matt credits his clients’ loyalty in sticking with him when he opened his own firm, along with utilizing governments assistance programs, as the key factors allowing him to sustain his practice over the years. Going out on your own can be a little unnerving and come with lots of uncertainties, but when your clients let you know they value your experience and want to continue working with you specifically, it’s a sign you’re headed in the right direction.

In addition to all the other responsibilities, the shift to remote work brought some new challenges to solve for our law firm. But it came with some added benefits too. Once our team focused on adapting to new technologies to make our practice more effective while working virtually, we were able to streamline many parts of our firm. Our approach is to be open-minded to these types of changes even during more “normal” times. Pivoting quickly is just part of staying on top of delivering quality. 

Having your own law firm isn’t what anyone would call easy, but with personal dedication, the right team, loyal clients and a willingness to adapt it’s possible to turn it into a succes. 

A big thanks goes to Luke Sinibaldi, our newest intern, for his hard work in helping to craft the content for Matt’s feature in this article. Check out the full piece here: Running a small law firm in Pennsylvania: 5 owners share their stories.

Eyet Law Opens Their Doors on a New Chapter

Eyet Law Opens Their Doors on a New Chapter

On Friday, February 26, Eyet Law celebrated a long-awaited event—a ribbon cutting for our new office space in downtown New Brunswick, NJ. 

The socially-distanced gathering—attended by friends, family, colleagues, and clients—was a big day for our entire team. And, like any important moment, our ribbon cutting was a moment of looking both at the past, as well as the future for our team. 

Legal matters are about more than just the law. They’re also about other people, and how we work with others at Eyet Law is a pillar of our practice. Every day, we strive to connect with each other, build relationships, and lift one another up. In our new office, we’re looking forward to our future in New Brunswick and surrounding communities—and to finding ways to make a positive and significant impact. 

Pictured from left to right
Pamela Stefanek (Executive Director at New Brunswick City Center), Bruce Carnegie (Broker of Record at Red Hawk Realty LLC), Jacob Narva (Associate at Eyet Law LLC), Anika Chowdhuri (Lead Paraprofessional at Eyet Law LLC), Trinaé Hall (Chief Operations and Relationship Manager at Eyet Law LLC), Matthew Eyet (Principal at Eyet Law LLC), and Craig Schlosser (Vice President at Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce).

On Friday February 26th, 2021 Eyet Law LLC officially opened their doors in the heart of downtown New Brunswick located at 382 George Street. A social distancing ribbon ceremony commenced at 1 PM surrounding family, friends, and clients who helped make Eyet Law LLC what it is today. We are excited to dig our roots in such a great city and look forward to growing with this vibrant city.

However, these types of endeavors are never the work of just one person. This ceremony also gave us a chance to reflect on our gratitude to the individuals and organizations who helped us get to this point. Our deepest gratitude goes out to the following:

  • Abatare Builders, for helping us realize our vision for our new offices
  • TFE Properties, for allowing us to take on space and facilitating our needs and requests throughout the process
  • Bruce Carnegie, the realtor who found us this perfect location
  • Trinae Hall, our amazing Chief Operating Officer and Relationship Manager, for facilitating and managing this entire endeavor 

And, of course, we have endless appreciation for our clients, whose support and trust allowed us to do this in the first place. 

We founded this firm with one goal: to provide exceptional legal service for clients across a range of legal matters. As we step into this new chapter for our firm, we’re excited to get to find ways to take our service to the next level. 

This move has been a long time coming, and we’re ready to get to work! 

Lifting Up Others: The Eyet Way

Lifting Up Others: The Eyet Way

At Eyet Law, we believe that it’s important to connect with others, to build relationships and keep everyone on the same page.  In this commencement speech by Matt T. Eyet, Esq. delivered at his alma mater, Widener University Law School, that’s exactly what you’ll see. Rather than point out his own accomplishments or mimic a speech like someone just won a Grammy, Matt instead chose to show he and his classmates came from a single starting point and to motivate others on their journey.At Eyet Law, we believe that it’s important to connect with others, to build relationships and keep everyone on the same page.  In this commencement speech by Matt T. Eyet, Esq. delivered at his alma mater, Widener University Law School, that’s exactly what you’ll see. Rather than point out his own accomplishments or mimic a speech like someone just won a Grammy, Matt instead chose to show he and his classmates came from a single starting point and to motivate others on their journey.

The result? This speech was ultimately found so insightful that it’s used as part of a course syllabus, inspiring other law students to stay the course and believe in what they can accomplish with some dedication and hard work.

Matthew T. Eyet Commencement Speech Transcript
Widener University School of Law

Delivered Sunday, May 16, 2010 

Thank you Dean Ammons. Provost Allen, Members of the Board of Trustees, Overseers, Deans, Faculty, Staff, Graduates, Families, and Friends among us today:

I’d like to start by incorporating many of the thanks my good friend Nicole just gave into my speech, and add a special thanks to the select few nearest and dearest to me, without whom, I would not be the person I am today. With that said, I’ll share a brief a story.

The day was the third Monday in August of 2007. A day better known to many of us as the first day of law school. My first class was Property I with Professor John Dernbach, and we were covering the topic “Acquisition by Discovery.”

Having taken the requisite six hours to read all sixteen pages of the first assignment, I was primed to contribute on day one. So when Professor Dernbach opened up the floor for discussion, I raised my hand and spoke. Now I would like to be able to tell you that those first words were on point and deeply profound, but they were not. In fact, what I said made absolutely no sense, and contributed in no way to the class discussion. To quote a classic movie, everyone in the room was now dumber for having listened to me speak.

When I first began speaking, a few heads turned to look at the brave soul in the back of room. By the time my rant ended with a crescendo of stupidity, everyone had turned to get a look at the idiot. After all, he probably wasn’t going to be around much longer.

After Property, I had a three hour break until Torts; so I headed downstairs to the library lounge to look over the assignment. When I plopped down into the remarkably comfortable leather couch, my sleep-deprived eyes grew heavy, and I pondered if it would be acceptable to take a little nap.

As Nicole mentioned earlier, I am a Penn State grad. At Penn State there is a massive building in the middle of campus known as the Hub, with several hundred chairs one would find in the reception area of a nicer office. At any given time on a weekday, it is difficult to find an empty chair because so many students routinely use them to catch up on sleep. Figuring Widener’s lounge area was no different, I calmly drifted into oblivion.

Unbeknownst to me at the time, sleeping in the lounge is a far less common event at Widener than at Penn State. A short time later my groggy eyes opened to see a man walking by whom I would later come to know as Professor Robinette. For those of you unfamiliar with Professor Robinette, he is one authoritative looking man. The kind of guy that would be just as comfortable grilling West Point cadets as he is grilling first-year law students. As he strolled on by having noticed I had just been asleep, he gave me a brief, but unmistakable, “disappointed father” look.  Although he didn’t say anything aloud, I knew what he was thinking: “Look at this undisciplined One L, can’t hack it on day one.  He’s not gonna make it.”

Now there comes a point in a man’s life when his honor has been tarnished, and he can only do one of two things:  fight or flight. So naturally, as I exited the heavily tinted front doors of the library, I was momentarily blinded by the bright August sun.  Undeterred on my mission to get the hell out of there, I simply bowed my head and raised my left arm as a shield. I took about four more steps and then Boom! I walked directly into the flagpole.

As I reeled back in pain and embarrassment, I took a look over my right shoulder:  no one was there. And then over my left: the same. Just when I thought the coast was clear I heard a raspy voice from the area of the smoker’s pit ask if I was alright. It was none other than Sergeant Les Jumper on his late morning patrol. Realizing my infirmity was more mental than physical, he gave an exuberant chuckle and continued on. Although he did not verbalize his thoughts, I knew what he was thinking:  “This guy can barely make it to the parking lot, he’s got no shot to make it through law school.”

And so as I made my way into the parking lot without further incident, it became abundantly clear to me that I, in fact, would not make it, unless….I kept my mouth shut…my eyes open…and most importantly…my chin up.

Now it would be nice to wrap this speech up by simply repeating those commandments to my fellow graduates, but it would also be malpractice for me to assume anyone recently trained in the art of challenging everything, would be able to keep their mouth shut for very long, myself included. Nonetheless, I do urge my colleagues to maintain their willingness to encounter the unknown and their positive outlook in the future, because having done so for the past 990 days, we’re here today because WE made it. Thank you.