A MI lottery victor must always fragment the $38 million windfall along with his ex-spouse, even supposing they were within the formulation of divorcing when he sold the sign. "We believe the arbitrator violated controlling MI law when he awarded Mrs. Zelasko half of the $30 million net lottery proceeds".
In 2013, Mary Elizabeth was awarded $15 million (Sh1.5 billion) of the lottery money, and in 2014, she was given monthly child support payments of more than $7,000 (Sh700K).
But all luck aside, the arbitrator John Mills said the ticket was still considered "marital property" and handled as such.
Though Dick and Mary Beth, who married in 2004 and share three children, were separated for two years at the time he won the Mega Million, a MI appeals court ruled that the Pontiac native must pay his ex-wife half the winnings, as their divorce was not yet final. He said that the "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.
'It's true that defendant spent $1.00 to purchase the winning lottery ticket, however, the dollar spent was arguably marital money and, as such, a joint investment, ' he added.
A MI appeals court agreed with that argument last week, and ordered the couple to split the winnings 50/50, according to the Associated Press.
An attorney for Mary Elizabeth Zelasko instructed CNN that he would no longer touch upon the case as a result of it is confidential.
The couple, from Pontiac, Michigan, were married from 2004 until September 2011, which his wife filed for divorce, court documents show.
Robbins said his client can appeal the ruling and is "considering his options".
CNN's Tatyana Bellamy-Walker contributed to this teach.
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