Lottery Winner Has to Split his Winnings with his Ex-Wife!
Recently, A Michigan lottery winner, Richard Zelasko, won an $80 million Mega Million Jackpot but he must share the $38 million of the windfall with his ex-wife, even though they were in the process of divorcing when he bought the ticket. According to Richard Zelasko, he and his wife have been separated for about 7 years now. The arguments heard by the arbitrators are pretty interesting in this case.
Richard Zelasko won an $80 million Mega Millions jackpot in July 2013, after taxes and fees, his prize was $38,873,628, according to an opinion issued last week by the Michigan Court of Appeals.
Richard Zelasko, the winner, and his then-wife, Mary Elizabeth Zelasko, filed for divorce in late 2011. The case had gone to arbitration, and they were waiting for the arbitrators opinion when Richard Zelasko won the prize.
According to the arbitrator, the ticket was part of the couples marital assets and awarded $15 million to the wife and divided the rest of their ass