The lottery sambad winner must divide the $38 million’s, of unpredicted earnings with his Ex-Wife, even though they were in the process of divorcing when he bought the ticket of Lottery Sambad.
Richard Zelasko won an $ 80 million first prize from Mega Millions 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.
The man from the suburbs of Detroit and his then wife Mary Elizabeth Zelasko filed for divorce at the end of 2011. The case had been submitted to arbitration and they were awaiting the arbitrator’s ruling when Richard Zelasko won the award.
The Couple Married in 2004 and have three children.
The Judge ruled that the ticket was part of the couple’s Marital Assets and awarded $ 15 million to the wife and divided the rest of their assets according to the opinion. He said that marital property includes all property acquired from the date of marriage until the date of entry of the divorce decree including property acquired during a separation.
The court also cited the arbitrator’s opinion that the winning Lottery Sambad ticket was probably not the first that Richard Zelesko bought during the marriage and that the losses throughout the marriage were incurred jointly so the Profits must be shared together.
It is true that Zelasko spent $ 1 to buy the winning ticket however the dollar spent was possibly marital money and as such a joint investment said the arbitrator.
The appeals court said it found no errors that require the Award to change.
It is very difficult to cancel an arbitration said Michael Robbins who represents Richard Zelasko since 2015.
He told CNN that the couple had been separated Since 2009.
A Lawyer from Mary Elizabeth Zelasko told CNN that she would not comment on the case because it is confidential.
The couple’s Divorce ended in 2018.
He said, his client can appeal the ruling and is considering his options.