Lottery winner ordered to split $30 million cash prize with ex-wife

/ 06:51 PM June 23, 2019
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A lottery winner in Detroit, United States was ordered by the court to share his $30 million cash prize (over P1.5 billion) with his ex-wife.

Rich Zelasko has been separated with Mary Beth Zelasko for two years when he bought the winning Mega Millions lottery ticket in 2013, as reported by CBS and MyNetworkTV-affiliate WNEM-TV on June 19. Their divorce was finalized in 2018.


“Rich was lucky, but it was his luck, not Mary’s, that produced the lottery proceeds,” Rich’s lawyer was quoted as saying.

Arbitrator John Mills ruled the ticket as marital property since the divorce has not yet been finalized when it was bought. The Michigan appeals court approved this decision last week. As per report, the appeals court stated that the marriage is not over until it is over.


As a result, Mary Beth will have $15 million (over P771 million) off the winnings. Hannah Mallorca/JB


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