17 October 2011
Ex-husband awarded share of woman's lottery winnings
A landmark divorce settlement based on a lottery prize has been made at the High Court in London.
An unnamed hotel porter has been awarded a lump sum separation settlement of £85,000 of his ex-wife's £500,000 winnings after claiming the woman has used some of the cash to purchase a new home for the couple while they were still together.
Consequently, Judge Justice Mostyn ruled that while the prize itself was legally "non-matrimonial property", the man was entitled to a set amount of damages on the grounds that a new matrimonial residence was purchased.
The official indicated that while such cases have occurred overseas before, he believed this to be the first such instance to take place on British soil.
Recently, The Sun reported that John Leeman - ex-husband of £101 million Euromillions winner Angela Dawes - is considering a retrospective divorce claim of up to £1 million.
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Posted by Trusha Vyas