Man Who Won $30 Million in Lottery Forced to Give Half to Ex-Wife: ‘Rich Was Lucky’

Posted on June 20, 2019 11:50 am

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A suburban Detroit man who won more than $30 million in the lottery must give half the windfall to his wife, the Michigan appeals court ruled last week. 

Rich Zelasko and Mary Beth Zelasko were in the middle of a divorce and had already been separated for two years when he bought the Mega Millions ticket in 2013. But the court said the woman is entitled to $15 million awarded by an arbitrator, who determined the ticket was marital property, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

The judge’s reasoning was that the marriage had not officially ended. The divorced was only finalized in 2018.