Top 3 divorce lottery stories .I’m not trying to scary you but we often hear stories of people who won the lottery and kept it a secret from their partners others got cheated on and soon after it divorced. So below you will read three top stories of lottery winners.
- Karmic Lottery Loss
Denise Rossi won $1.3 million in the California Lottery in 1996. But instead of telling her husband of 25 years — who thought they were happily married — she asked for a divorce, and said she wanted it done quickly.
Soon after the divorce, Rossi’s ex-husband discovered her deception. In 1999, a judge determined that she had broken asset disclosure laws, and he awarded her husband every penny of her winnings.
- A lottery winner who scooped $80million while getting divorced has been ordered to split the cash with his ex.
Rich Zelasko was told he must divide the Mega Millions jackpot with his estranged spouse Beth even though they’d been separated for two years when he won in 2013. An appeal hearing concluded last week ruled that the huge windfall – $38.8million after tax – was part of the marital estate. That meant Beth got to keep $15m of the winnings. The court explained their ruling by saying that the ticket was unlikely to be the first Rich, of Pontiac in Michigan, had purchased during the marriage. It added that as ‘losses throughout the marriage were incurred jointly, so should winnings be shared jointly.’ The ruling added: ‘It’s true that defendant spent $1 to purchase the winning lottery ticket, however the dollar spent was arguably marital money and, as such, a joint investment.’ Rich’s attorney had tried to argue that ‘Rich was lucky, but it was his luck, not Mary’s, that procured the lottery proceeds.’ After the initial ruling went against Rich, he appealed, with that attempt to keep the money for himself also failing. Rich and Beth married in 2004, and have three children together. Their divorce was finalized in 2018.
- Yet another Lottery Divorce
Lara and Robert Griffith won £1.8 million ($2.1 million today) in the Lotto in 2005. They bought a home for £670,000 ($790,000), along with a Lexus 4×4 and a Porsche convertible. Robert paid for his band to have a record made, and Lara splurged on designer handbags. They set up a beauty salon business.
Then, six years later, Roger disappeared with the Porsche and Lara discovered suspicious emails on his computer. He denied having an affair, but the marriage ended, the money was gone and now Lara is an employee at the salon they used to own.